– WELCOME TO THE MEN’S COLLECTIVE –
The modern day men’s group
The Men’s Collective is a Melbourne-based men’s health & wellbeing group.
Co-founded by James Ferne and Luke Wallace, its purpose is to provide a space where all men can come together in a melting pot of diversity. Its a place for sharing with each other what is going on for you as an individual, and to learn collectively through others experiences & stories. Our aim is to provide a community which empowers, educates, supports and guides men to be the best version of themselves.
Fortnightly we hold a space for men to drop in for a 2 hour get together, where we guide you through letting go of your week, being present & sharing with others what is going on for you. Sound scary, well it’s not, especially when it’s designed in a manner that facilitates easy, open and honest conversation. We lead the way and simply give you the opportunity to talk for yourself or listen to others. It isn’t therapy, but it is therapeutic.
It’s for men typically aged 20-40, who are open to have a conversation and are willing to grow as an individual. You’re not depressed, but you just aren’t that happy or content either. Whether you’re going through change in your life, stepping into a new relationship, contemplating a career change, or just curious about better understanding yourself as a friend, father, son or partner, this is a place that supports individuals wanting something more out of life.
-WHY THE MEN’S COLLECTIVE EXISTS-
After working with men for a number of years each, we ever increasingly saw the need for them to have a space where they could connect in with other men on a similar life journey. As two younger individuals, we realised there was a great number of workshops and groups for older men, but younger men going through life changes were generally isolated in their experience. So we specifically created a space where men can converse without judgement and learn from each other.
-WHY IS IT NEEDED-
As a younger functioning male, who do you talk to when you’ve got a question about life, relationships, work or your health? Not everyone has a mentor, role model, a progressive father or mates that are willing to talk honestly. A doctor or psyche is a good option, but if there is nothing ‘wrong with me’, then why would you do that? Depression, anxiety and pain are all indicators that something is wrong in your body and most probably your life. Hearing others speak about themselves, allows us to learn from each other and connect through common experiences. As well as reflect on our own situation, providing perspective and/or affirmation that everything will be ok. Change is as good as a holiday, so here’s a chance to do something different and feel a whole heap better for it. This is not a space where men just pour out their emotions as a dumping ground for others. It’s a guided space, where we ask specific questions to help you explore and understand what is important & happening for you at any one point. A place to be heard and not fixed, because you’re not broken.