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Soulful Fellowship - Men, Meaning and Purpose

Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Join Roq Gareau and Dave Wali Waugh, authors of Soulful Fellowship: Men, Meaning and Purpose for a vulnerable, intergenerational conversation between two men about their lives, friendship and men’s group. Through storytelling and dreamwork, Dave and Roq offer an honest but incomplete roadmap for men (and the women who love them), to help them navigate through barriers to an authentic life of meaning and purpose.

Betrayed by our own ignorance and good intentions, we live in a time of desperation and undigested grief. Facing the truths that threaten us and our world can start to erode the trust we have in ourselves. This promotes a narrowing view and charged isolation that can have us quickly reaching for substance or diversion in attempts to dull pain and replace absence of connection.

Roq and Dave dive into their life experiences and share their own storylines as they help us reach a better understanding of ourselves. By recalling their dreams and important life-changing events, Roq and Dave manage to outline why men often develop destructive habits and offer the solution of Soulful Fellowship as a way to bring us out of our isolation.

Everybody is lonely, and we’ve forgotten how much we need each other to squeeze meaning out of complexity and breakthrough the patterns that prevent us from growing up. Times like these call for Soulful Fellowship.

“Reading this book, I felt I was in the deep forest of life, sitting at the feet of master storytellers. Their stories assured me that the darkness is real and that when encountered fully and with faith, even in the darkness I will learn how to live a life rich in meaning and purpose. Written by wise men, I feel enriched as a woman and mother of sons."

    ~ Margaret J. Wheatley, bestselling author of Leadership and the New Science and most recently, Who Do We Choose to Be

"This courageous book, written by two friends, is a rare display of honesty and vulnerability. Behind every page of searing self-disclosure, you can hear the beat of an ancient drum summoning the rest of us to straighten our spines, open our hearts, and assume the posture of the spiritual warrior. This book shows us a way forward for authentic, soulful masculinity."

    ~ Bruce Sanguin, award-winning author of The Way of the Wind and most recently, Bone on Bone

"Soulful Fellowship untangles the myths of manhood and clears a path from which the souls of men can emerge. Through the courageous telling of their own stories and from the hard-earned wisdom they have gained, authors Gareau and Waugh give us an in-depth understanding of what it takes for men to live truly meaningful and rewarding lives. For men who have been deprived of skillful mentors and wise elders to guide them to their deepest purpose, this beautifully-written book is essential reading."

    ~ Eric Bowers, author of Meet Me In Hard-to-Love Places

Roq Gareau (left) and Dave Wali Waugh (right) are the cofounders of Men, Meaning and Purpose, a series of men's retreats inspired by Soulful Fellowship. Dave is a psychotherapist (and director of Elements Counselling in Vancouver) with 25 years of experience in evolutionary men’s work and the author of two preceding books, including Evolving Soulfully. Roq is a skilled facilitator and the director of CentreSpoke Consulting. Soulful Fellowship is Roq’s first book.