The Boy Within: A Journey of Connection

The Boy Within: A Journey Of Connection

Join Wild Hope Counselling for The Boy Within: A Journey of Connection

Within each of us is a small boy. He is a place of wounding but also a place of great Joy and freedom. He desires to be safe and to run free in nature. This weekend is designed to help us encounter our inner boy and ask him what it is he needs. This weekend will use some theory to explain how this happens but most of the weekend we will use ritual, expressive therapies, Nature and silence to encounter the hidden place within.

“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play”

Friedrich Nietzsche

What past participants have said:

“The weekend really allowed me to connect with myself and begin to understand the journey with my inner child”

“I went into this event knowing you guys running it would be real, open and honest with us and you’d give your best for us, and I wasn’t disappointed!”

“I really appreciated that the leaders were on the journey too and participated in the sessions. I don’t know if this is just because it’s the first time this event was run but I really valued that.”

“Loved the weekend. The sense of belonging and community I experienced and felt was truly profound. The meals were nourishing and plenty of food.”

Hosted by Wayne Stevens and the Wild Hope Team

When: August 25th-27th 2023

Where: The Rock Mt Byron

Cost: $450 (Includes all food accommodation and materials needed for the weekend)

EARLY BIRD $420 BEFORE August 1st 2023

This is a Men only event

Your Facilitators

We have a team of about 6 men who will help facilitate your experience on these retreats. All of these men have done significant work in their own lives and can create a place of deep knowing and safety. The weekend is based in nature, which provides a great container for being with grief and will include:

  • Group processes
  • Solo time
  • Silence
  • Opportunity to create personal grief rituals
  • Plenty of time and space to simply be

Nothing will be forced. We listen to what is needed and understand that grief isn’t something to be solved or ‘dealt with’. There is no agenda to achieve. Grief has its own way.

Benjamin Burns

Ben Burns works in private practice as a Counsellor, with a focus on Men and has worked for the last decade with various men’s organisations in the UK and Australia running retreats and facilitating men’s circles, as well as rites of passage programs.

Ben also runs the Suicide Prevention in Communities program on the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland for Caloundra Community Centre. Ben works alongside people who are keen to creatively explore ways to bring more awareness of Suicide and as a result, reduce stigma and shame.

Ben is a husband, father, musician and poet and enjoys bringing this creativity into all areas of his life.

Wayne Stevens

Wayne Stevens is a Nurse and Counsellor. He has been involved in men’s retreats in Australia and the US and has had the privilege to journey with many men. Wayne currently works as a counsellor at Wild Hope Counselling and specialises in Men & First responders. I first floated the idea of this these retreats to give men a space to explore inner work in a safe community. The team and I work hard to create a space of authenticity and community.



25 - 27 Aug 2023


16:00 - 14:00

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 25 - 27 Aug 2023
  • Time: 02:00 - 00:00



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Mount Byron
Mount Byron
Mount Byron, Somerset Regional, 4312, Queensland, Australia


Wild Hope Counselling
Wild Hope Counselling
07 3202 2300
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