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Annual Men’s Retreat
April 3, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Before we as men can really know intimate love, we need to more deeply connect with our own hearts and with other men. Come to this retreat to learn how this process works, to establish meaningful friendships, and to learn how and why men distract themselves from their true happiness. Each year since 1995, men have had such a powerfully moving experience, that this retreat has become a highlight in the year for many.

What you will learn:

  • Tools for opening the heart and keeping it open
  • Healing the father-son wounds
  • Living your purpose as a man
  • Inner father - inner child connection
  • Deeper relationship skills
  • How and why men distract themselves from their true happiness

“Barry Vissell has been leading men's retreats for over 30 years. He keeps taking risks and exploring new territory and that's what makes him such a great facilitator. He's humble, goofy, and great at creating group and individual safety. I experience Barry as offering to men the perfect blend of nurturing and challenge. You are invited to a deeper level of courageous honesty with yourself and with your brothers. It truly opens your heart to create such safety and connection with a tribe of men. Barry is masterful at letting the group develop and sometimes lead itself. I appreciate him for modeling vulnerability and for keeping his inner child alive.” Scott Grace, author of Teach Me How to Love

"I was impressed at how fast Barry was able to connect with all of us -- and get us to connect with each other -- in a deep and profound way. Besides that, he's fun and funny, very approachable and comfortable to be with." —Mike Hayworth, Eastsound, WA

“Barry Vissell is a medical doctor, but his main medicine is unconditional love. He will lead you on a journey of the heart; thawing icicles of fear, breaking cobwebs of mental preoccupation, and kindling a blaze of warmth, love and connectedness. His work is gentle, yet powerful. It is experiential, practical and moving. You will acquire the tools for opening the heart and deepening your lives and relationships.” —Gary Reiter, MD, Past Vice-President, Rowe Conference Center

“When people ask me what sets Barry Vissell’s workshops apart from the many similar-sounding programs, I tell them that Barry creates an atmosphere of peace, trust and unconditional love, the likes of which few people ever experience elsewhere. Within that atmosphere, participants feel safe enough to look deeply within themselves, and reopen themselves to the joyous experience of life.” —John Kjaargard


Located at our Aptos, CA HomeCenter, 20 minutes south of Santa Cruz, on a 16 acre ridge top. Directions will be given after registration.




Cost (including bedrolling/dorm-style or camping and six vegetarian meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch):

$295 if paid in full by March 27.

$320 after March 27.

$50 nonrefundable deposit.

$100 total non-refundable after March 27.

A few private rooms (with bathrooms nearby) are available for $180 for the 2 nights.

Payment options and work-trades available (especially if you can cook!).

To register, call 831-684-2299, or click on the registration button on the top of this page, then pay with PayPal or credit card.

Typical Retreat Schedule:


Fri  6:30 Dinner

      7:30-9:30 Workshop

Sat 8:30 Breakfast

      9:30-1 Workshop

      1-4 Lunch and break

      4-6:30 Workshop

      6:30 Dinner

      7:30-9:30 Workshop

Sun 8:30 Breakfast

      9:30-1 Workshop

      1-2:30 Lunch and Goodbyes

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