The Promise of the Acorn:

Deepening into Authentic Masculinity

A Weekend Retreat for Purposeful Men

"I look out at everything growing so wild and faithfully beneath the sky and wonder why we are the one terrible part of creation priveleged to refuse our flowering."

                                      ---David Whyte


March 13-15, 2015

Friday, March 13, 5 pm


Sunday, March 15, 12 noon

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Camp Whittier 
2400 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Tom McGee


Richard Palmer



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Dinner on Friday

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner on Saturday

Breakfast & Lunch on Sunday


Bring sleeping bag and pillow.





The promise of the acorn is to flower into Grandfather Oak. Do you know the promise of what you are bringing into the world?

Grandfather Oak is an archetype that represents the seasoned masculine.  Rooted firmly and deeply in the ground, his branches can dance in the wind.  They can bend and flex.  They are like knobby arms that hold up the sky, embrace beauty, and protect the feathered ones.  These arms never stop blessing. They twist their way into heaven, even as the feet burrow deep in the earth.

The authentic masculine is like Grandfather Oak: unique, deeply rooted, reaching into the heavens, blessing and protecting the sacred.  It carries a legacy of strength, of holding and using power wisely, inspiring and reflecting loyalty and honor.  This is a masculine that gives generously and receives so much in the giving.


If you have been granted a scholarship,type SCHOLARSHIP in the promo code box.

 For an additional $100 discount, enter RETURNING in the promo code box if you are a returning attendee.


This retreat continues the work entitled, "Healing the Boy, Strengthening the Man."  Together we will:
  • Explore the possibilities for us to create a fully developed male personality by healthily integrating the boy and the man.
  • Emphasize the "gifts" or "medicine" that the man brings into the world, symbolized by the acorn growing into Grandfather Oak.  
  • Approach this work through poetry, video clips, storytelling, guided exercises, discussion, and ceremony.  
  • Endeavor to bring out the best in each man and have it honored by the other men.  
The group will be limited to 25 men to allow for maximum participation and interaction.  We encourage early registration to ensure a spot at the retreat and to access the lower early registration fee.

This retreat will be held at Camp Whittier in the mountains behind Santa Barbara, CA.  We will be on 55 acres of land populated by oaks and deer, not far from Lake Cachuma.  Camp Whittier provides bunk style accomodations and meals prepared by their on-site chef.  We will have access to a wood-paneled lodge and outdoor fire pits.  This promises to be an ideal setting for open, honest communication in an environment of physical and emotional safety.

Tom McGee and Richard Palmer are dedicated to helping men develop the wisdom and maturity that is their potential.  We have been working with men in groups and individually for over twenty years, assisting them in growing into healthy relationships and fulfilling lives. This retreat is a continuation of the "Healing the Boy, Strengthening the Man" retreats that is the culmination of all of our work.

Join us in healing the boy and rediscovering his awe and wonder.

Join us in strengthening and developing the best parts of the man.

Join us in giving birth to wisdom, the formation of maturity, and the evolution of discernment. 


If you have been granted a scholarship,type SCHOLARSHIP in the promo code box.

 For an additional $100 discount, enter RETURNING in the promo code box if you are a returning attendee.