“A transition is a bridge, or a boundary zone, between two states of greater stability.
It involves a process of change, a shift from one structure to another”
– Daniel Levinson
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WHAT: A 4-part live, experiential online course for men designed to help you embrace and navigate current transitions in your life.
Life is a series of alternating stable and transition periods, both valid life stages that need reflection and attention, yet we are often taught that transition is merely a means to get from one life stage to the next.
Transition is a valid life stage in-and-of-itself. When left unacknowledged you can wander aimlessly for months or even years – still attached to who you used to be. Pervasive feelings of hopelessness, lack of purpose, and disconnection can lead to self-doubt, harsh self-criticism, and general dis-ease or depression.
In contrast, when transition periods are acknowledged, accepted, and embraced it can serve as a springboard into the next phase of your life. Hope can be found in the acceptance of the past as a pathway to understanding yourself better, and thus having a more solid ground to inform and direct your next life stage, and the rest of your life.
This course is designed for you to examine your past choices, reflect on the lessons and gifts from those choices, and gain clarity for the next steps ahead through learning to embrace the mystery of transition. Actively engaging with the seeming chaos of the unknown will help you arrive and transform into your new self with more ease, direction, purpose and joy.
WHEN: Classes will take place on:
- Class 1: Tuesday, November 10th @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
- Class 2: Tuesday, November 17th @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
- Class 3: Tuesday, November 24th @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
- Class 4: Tuesday, December 1st @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
WHERE: Live online via Zoom, a free video conferencing software (like Skype for groups). All classes will be recorded and available for you to watch on replay for up to 1 year.
WHO: This course is for any man who wants to learn simple and powerful holistic tools to engage purposefully in your current transitions. If you are ready to utilize your transitions to aid in transforming into the next fuller version of yourself, then this course is for you.
This course is taught by Jason Geoffrion, PhD. He is a long-time men’s facilitator who has years of experience combining the theoretical study of men in their various life stages with the practical implementation of experiential activities that bring about change in men’s lives.
WHY: Embracing transitions creates powerful movement in your life. By becoming witness to your past choices and current desires you can clearly see how to design and direct your life more toward your deeper purpose and higher calling.
Through engaging with all parts of yourself – examining your internal belief systems, embracing the reality and impact of your past, current and future choices, and identifying your larger callings and purpose you can transform into a man that lives the rest of your life with more clarity and ease. With this new embodied understanding, you will be of greater service to your family, workplace, and community.
COURSE INVESTMENT: $297
Includes reflective prompts for further work between classes and a free 30-minute individual coaching session.
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You have left behind who you used to be. You are not yet the new you.
This time can be scary and aimless, or exciting and hopeful, or all of that and everything in between.
Change is constant in life. Certain change events come to be expected–puberty, marriage, new jobs, births, empty nest, retirement, and so on. Other change events come upon us totally unaware and unexpected – accidents, job loss, divorce, deaths, and more.
And sometimes change isn’t ushered in by an event, but rather an internal feeling or sensation that who you are is no longer satisfactory or will no longer be enough to carry you into a compelling future.
Regardless of whether events are planned or not when these moments or sensations occur it requires change, and this change moves us from a stable period of life into a transition period. Change is about different actions needed due to new circumstances. Transitions occur as we bring consciousness to change.
Transition periods play a vital part in your development. Transition periods are for making structural changes (as opposed to stable periods, which are for building your life structure). Transition stages call for a termination of your existing life structure with the purpose to create the possibility for a new self in the next life stage. To engage in transition healthfully there are specific tasks that need to be met to move forward. These tasks first involve entering into unknown territory in order to let go of certain personas, identities, and behaviors from the past stable period. This shedding of the identity of the old self gives space then for the new self to emerge.
This is not just about searching job postings on the web, or getting out there and learning to mingle again, or finding a new hobby, or whatever tasks change seems to be calling for. Tasks on to-do lists are helpful and necessary steps, but only after you have a healthful and helpful perspective on who you were and who you are longing to become. To do this work takes introspection and self-examination that is best supported through the guidance of others.
Transition from one life stage to the next necessitates new internal awareness, which then leads to informed changes in social behavior and structure. These major changes in your life patterns require shifts in your identity and in the various ways you function.
Engaging with change and transition consciously both through and between the various life cycles brings transformation to your life.
To truly be transformed your work when in a transition period is to create a meaning-bridge between your old self and the new (and begin to do so even before the new you is fully in sight).
Our job is to give you the scaffolding you need to move meaningfully in that direction.
- This course will feature 4 x 2-hour online classes.
- The classes will happen live so that you can interact and engage with the course instructor and other men.
- All classes will be recorded and available to watch on replay for 1 year.
- Life Cycles: Transition Stages Coursework Journal, included with tuition, will be utilized between classes to enhance your learning.
Class 1: Getting Started – Current Transitions
Tuesday, November 10th @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
Class Guide: Jason Geoffrion
The course begins with an introduction to the concept of Transition Life Stages. You will share about your call to be here, speak about your current transitions, and identify your desired outcomes for this course.
During this class you will be introduced to the basic tools that we will use throughout the course:
- Large group councils
- Guided meditations
- 4 Gateways Coaching
- Paired and small group sharing
You will also be introduced to the basic concepts that we will operate from throughout the course:
- Speaking from the heart vs. speaking from the story
- Inclusive awareness & unconditional acceptance
- Living in the realm of possibility
- Collective wisdom and normalization
Class 2: The Man You Used to Be
Tuesday, November 17th @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
Class Guide: Jason Geoffrion
We will spend time in this class finding out more about the man you used to be.
Class 3: The Space Between
Tuesday, November 24th @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
Class Guide: Jason Geoffrion
We will spend time in this class finding out more about how to sit in the mystery of the unknown, the space between who you were and who you will be.
Class 4: The Man You Are Becoming
Tuesday, December 1st @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm US Mountain Time
Class Guide: Jason Geoffrion
In this final class you will gain depth of understanding about the man you are becoming. You will then have the opportunity to review all the discoveries, internal shifts, and changes that came about throughout this course. Attention will then be turned to the next steps of how to integrate this newfound awareness into your everyday life.
As a guide, psychotherapist, life coach, teacher, and transition specialist over the last 20 years, Jason has felt a deep desire and hunger from men of all ages to have meaningful connection with themselves as masculine beings. And he has seen the dire ramifications when that connection is absent. Jason creates spaces for men to access their authentic selves and redefine their definitions of masculinity so they can be of better service to their families, communities, workplaces, and the world.
Jason has served as Executive Director and facilitator for Men’s Leadership Alliance for 12 years, and has guided men’s retreats, leadership retreats, father/son retreats and rites of passages for men and boys of all ages. He recently completed his doctoral work in human development. His dissertation is entitled Defining a Masculine Self: A Phenomenological Study on the Impact of Men’s Retreats.
Jason lives in Berthoud, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their daughter Coraleigh.
The investment for this course is $297.
Your investment includes:
- 4 x 2-hour classes (a $100 value per class, a $400 total value)
- Access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions and engage with your colleagues and course guide
- Reflective Prompts and other guidance between classes
- A 30-minute individual coaching session during the course (a $75 value)