Men's Weekend

Relax with the guys and celebrate autumn at Common Ground Center

October 20-22, 2017 

A group of men pose with blacksmithing creations made at Men's Weekend in 2014.

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For more information or to register, please call the office at 800.430.2667.

Below are details about our 2016 program, which had our highest attendance ever! Details about our 2017 program will be updated in September.

2016 marks our fifth year offering Men's Weekend at Common Ground Center! Spend the weekend in a stress-free environment: learn a new skill, explore the magic of a Vermont autumn, and relax by the woodstove.

This year, Tim Gillespie of Jabberwocky Woodworks will be teaching the group the basics of hand woodcarving. Tim will guide the group through a series of project options using simple hand tools. No experience or previous skill necessary, but for those who have worked with wood in the past, Tim can provide guidance to take your work to the next level.

In addition, Chris Nial of Root 7 a capella will be on hand to guide anyone interested in stretching their vocal chords a little throughout the weekend. Men's Weekend offers outdoor activities for those who wish to participate. Take a guided hike on Common Ground's 700-acres of hiking trails, or take advantage of our recreational facilities (tennis, basketball, playing fields, etc). Our Eco-Lodge has a cozy Common Room where you can hang out and enjoy the woodstove.

If "the great outdoors" isn't for you, there will be planned indoor activities as well. Men are also welcome to simply hang out, read, and play games. In the evening, there will be group activities and plenty of time for conversation. All participants will stay in our new Eco-Lodge and enjoy delicious meals cooked for you. Coffee and tea (and hot chocolate!) will be available throughout the day and evening.

The weekend program fees - listed on our registration form - include all meals, blacksmithing lessons & materials, guided activities, and lodging. Receive a $25 discount for each friend you recommend to Common Ground who registers for our Men’s Blacksmithing Weekend. Make sure your friends mention you when they register! 

Please call our office (1-800-430-2667) to register or for more information.

What really happens at Men's Retreat? Read Connor's blog post!

Our staff...

Connor Timmons - Connor has been working in the outdoor recreation field for ten years as a facilitator, camp director, and most recently as Executive Director for Common Ground Center. His background in outdoor camping and recreation gives him the dream job of playing outside for a living! Connor will be leading the higher impact hiking expeditions.

Jim Mendell - Jim is the Co-founder of Common Ground Center and an avid outdoorsman. Jim has been helping to lead the men's groups at Camp Common Ground for years and could not be more pumped to have a whole weekend with the guys. He will be leading the lower impact hikes and helping anyone who is interested in learning how to capture nature through the lens of a camera.

A cluster of maple trees with bright red and orange leaves with a meadow in the foreground and mountains and blue sky in the background.

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