Mountain Men Inc. delivers a number of official initiatives throughout the year that aim to improve social contentedness by providing opportunities for men to connect with one another, build and foster meaningful friendships and provide pathways to local support services where needed. Please see below for a list of our current programs. If there's a program/event you'd like to see us run, get in touch. Contact us for further information.
Games night happens fortnightly on Tuesday evening and is held at various locations (pubs/taverns) across the mountain. Starting at 6-6:30pm, guys come together for a meal before kicking off that night's games at around 7-7:30pm. We have a number of board games and role play games (D&D, etc) that are usually used, but always open to suggestions. We have a closed Facebook chat for members, where tutorials on games are posted and discussed. Please contact us for further information.
Our Dad's group is open to all Dads with children aged 0 - 10 years of age, seeking to promote peer support among Dads and opportunities for play. Meeting monthly (Saturday mornings), we try to utilize the fantastic open spaces we have in the Dandenong Ranges and promote nature play as much as possible. Grab a cuppa and come along to meet other dads in the local area whilst the kids play! Note: This is the only Mountain Men program that is inclusive of children and young people. Mountain Men has strict Child Safe policies in place for our volunteers. Please see our ABOUT US page for Our Commitment to Child Safety statement. Please contact us for further information.
"Yarning Circles" have been used by First Nations people for tens of thousands of years as a place to come together, share, learn and support one another. We are grateful to our Wurundjeri Elders who have given us permission for us to use this term. Each Yarning Circle is hosted by a guest presenter who lead discussion with the group on different topics (past sessions have included: 'Nature's WiFi - the importance of 'switching off,'; 'DIY Relationships: building happy and healthy relationships,' 'Being Dad: positive parenting,' and many others). Yarning Circles run monthly during Autumn and Spring. Please contact us for further information.
Most of us on the mountain have properties that take a lot of work to maintain! Our job share group brings guys together to help share this load. 'Working Bees' are held at members private homes on a rotating basis; working on any number of tasks ie. gardening/landscaping, building retaining walls, etc. Please note that our Job Share is run as a closed group but open to membership throughout the year and members need to commit to an equal share of time each month. Opportunities exist for members to complete certified training (ie. chainsaw use, etc.). Please contact us for further information.
MEN'S FITNESS GROUP
More information coming soon! Please contact us for further information.
ANNUAL "MEN'S WINTER GATHERING"
Our annual "Men's Winter Gathering" is held at YMCA Discovery Camp, Mt Evelyn. With a focus on health and wellbeing, you can join in with some of the best camping activities on offer (like the high ropes pictured here), followed by a cooked dinner, and then, a fireside Yarning Circle discussion with a guest presenter. The "Gathering" provides opportunities for men to come together in a safe space to talk and participate in a range of fun activities that promote and foster inclusiveness and mateship. Please contact us for further information.
NOTE: We also encourage men to reach out via our CLOSED Facebook Group to other members who may share similar interests; to meet, come together and again, foster the aims and values of Mountain Men that include respect and inclusiveness. Members of the CLOSED group for example, may put a call out for those who may be interested in AFL football to get a small group of fella's together to attend AFL footy matches. Or, someone may have a keen interest in art and/or photography and put a call out for other like-minded guys to participate in a local photography expedition. Or, someone may just be looking for a new mate to go hiking with, or catch up with for a cuppa and chat, etc. Mountain Men encourages these informal initiatives and meet-up's, but please note that these are not official Mountain Men events. Mountain Men accepts no responsibility for member-organised initiatives, events or meet-ups and we encourage you take responsible precautions in anything you are initiating or participating in.
Click Here to be taken to our CLOSED Facebook Group.