Sword and Scepter Workshop – Masculine Power Experience 2017-01-22T22:19:04+00:00

Men: Do You Desire To Express Yourself
More Powerfully and Authentically?

If YES, Then You Need to Attend

A 4-Day Exploration of Masculine Power

The Sword and Scepter Workshop operates from the assumption that deepening one’s power is a process. A process that requires courageously opening to oneself, to others, and to the deepest aspects of what it means to be a conscious man in this world. It is our belief that learning about power has a dual edge: the inner exploration of power and its development, and its outer expression in effective forms. We work both of these edges throughout the workshop, seeking to discover both a deeper sense of self and its viable and authentic expression.

What You Can Expect from the 4-day Sword and Scepter Workshop

  • A better understanding of your own relationship to power
  • An understanding of the motives that drive you to express or repress your power
  • An experience of expressing power with other men
  • A model for healthy expression of male power
  • A sense of when your own power serves and when it harms
  • An enhanced ability to harness and channel your personal power

Our Generation of Men

The Sword and the Scepter is designed to help men go right to the source of their power and find ways to express it, channel it, hone it, and release it. Participants will experience a clearer, cleaner relationship to their power, and an understanding of how to use it to their own greatest benefit, and to the benefit of others. For men who are accustomed to using their power, this means learning to wield it in a manner that serves themselves and others. For men who avoid the use of direct power, it means learning to find it and express it in healthy and productive ways.

Our generation of men, more so than any other, has a confused relationship to power. Society sends us mixed messages about the role of male power: sometimes denigrating it and sometimes neutering it. Depictions of men expressing power are usually violent and unfeeling. This workshop is based on the view that much of male power is “disowned” and as a result, it is either expressed in counter-productive ways, or is not expressed at all.

The Sword & Scepter Workshop

The total cost of the workshop is $797 which includes residential fees (food and lodging). An early registration discount of $100 applies if you enroll by October 1st, 2016.

The workshop begins on Thursday October 20th at 10:00 AM and continues through Sunday afternoon October 23rd at approximately 5:30 PM. The location will be at the Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga, CA.

Location is the Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga, CA
Workshop Cost is $697 (Early-Bird Discount) Which Includes Residential Fees
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“The only journey is the one within”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

What Is The Sword and Scepter Workshop?

Click Image Above to Watch Video on The Introduction to Sword and Scepter

What You Will Experience

The workshop is structured as a series of exercises, experiences, and conversations, rather than lectures and instruction. Participants will join in an exploration in which each man brings his own wisdom and experiences to the circle. We will explore male power through a variety of means, including:

  • Exercises designed to help participant see how they show up as men
  • Exercises designed to draw out masculine power
  • Opportunities to see the impact of power
  • Journaling and other self-reflective activities
  • Men’s Council
  • Accessing timeless masculine archetypes, such as king and warrior
  • Meditation, visioning, and work with imagery
  • Giving and receiving feedback

The workshop begins on a Thursday morning and runs through Sunday.

Location is the Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga, CA
Workshop Cost is $697 (Early-Bird Discount) Which Includes Residential Fees
Register Now!

“The adventure of awakening is among
the most universal of human dramas.”
― Ken Wilber

How is Sword and Scepter Unique?

Click Image Above to Watch Video on the Philosophy of Sword and Scepter

Compared to Other Workshops, We’re Different Due To:

  • Our Purpose. This is a workshop about masculine power. We are not going to tell you how to be a man. We are not a men’s social group. We are not a workshop company. We don’t exist primarily to make money. We are here specifically to expand your consciousness in the area of power.
  • Who We Work With. We focus on men already interested in their own growth and development. We are not trying to convince men of the value of focusing on their own growth. Most men come through invitation, word of mouth. The men show up ready to work, you get more for the time spent.
  • The Team. Several men putting on the event are volunteering their time, and we are primarily covering costs, and proceeds go to the non-profit Tribe of Men. Many of the men are highly successful workshop conductors, coaches, consultants and executives in their own right. You’ll get multiple perspectives and examples.
  • Follow-up. We believe growth requires more than a “great weekend”. The Sword and Scepter ended up creating the Tribe of Men, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the consciousness of men. The Tribe can provide ongoing support for interested men, at a price you set for yourself.
Location is the Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga, CA
Workshop Cost is $697 (Early-Bird Discount) Which Includes Residential Fees
Register Now!

“The measure of a man
is what he does with power.”
― Plato

So, What Kind of Man Attends a Workshop Like This?

They tend to be men who share an interest in self-development, learning, and personal growth. By improving their relationship to power, they increase their potential to have more fulfilling relationships, become more aware parents and family members, achieve more at work, contribute to their community, and fulfill their personal vision.

Over 250 men have participated in nine previous instances of the Sword and Scepter. Typically, the men who attend are mentally and physically healthy. Many are outwardly successful, and leaders in their lives. Those who benefit the most are willing to be open and honest with themselves and others, and deeply want to learn more.

Do any of following statements sound true for you?

  • You want to have more impact, and get more from life.
  • You want to deepen your relationship to yourself, and others, as a man.
  • You want to express yourself more through your power.
  • You lack satisfaction with the way you currently express your power.
  • You suspect you may be undermining your own power and effectiveness.
  • You are curious about changing the societal aspects of men’s power (and see expanding your personal relationship to power as a necessary part of that process).

What Men Are Saying About Sword and Scepter

“Working with an amazing group of men I came to understand many things about how I brought out my power and understood how to use it more effectively.” — D.B.
“It is a rare chance to share time and space with other men while learning and experiencing what it means to be a man. I loved how much variety of experiences there are. The exploration of what male power is and can be is a great learning experience.” — R.M.
“The Sword and Scepter is a profound and challenging experience that I’d recommend to anyone who’s ready to take a next step in their personal growth.” — Rob M.
“Sword and Scepter helped me access my power more, by being a bootcamp for the masculine soul, and giving me a soul reboot.” — Ishmael A. Mc Intosh
“The workshop provided me with a profound deepening of my masculine power and expression and both the possibility and the challenge of applying this to all aspects of my life. It also provided many sourceful methods, images, symbols, experiences that will allow me to continue to work in this domain and to support all of the men around me to be as conscious as they want to be.” — Bill Stevens
“As one of the staff facilitators, I was honored to have served the men who came to the workshop. Witnessing them grappling, sometimes struggling, in the exploration of their relationship to male power, my heart was warmed. Because all the participants had a goodly amount of growth work under their belts, we were able to hit the ground running, and we held ourselves with grace. And, I had my own workshop within the workshop, which can happen when being on staff — another growth experience.” — Cal
“It both confirmed how much I have grown as a leader and who I am as a visionary and some great direction of what the next steps are for me to operationalize the vision into reality. I look forward to being received much better by speaking my passionate visions in a more heart and body felt way with less of a booming voice and large body that is not conducive to enrolling others.” — Cole, “Buffalo Heart”
“This workshop took me to a higher level of self-awareness and consciousness around my masculinity, power and leadership. There were several opportunities to experience myself among powerful men and have my depth of character reflected back to me. The workshop processes did a great job of transcending my own, limiting self image.” — P.K. Stevens, Information Technology & Business Consultant
“As a man, I am often in conflict between ‘what is true for me’ and ‘what I am willing to express.’ Sometimes, that conflict is so great that I suppress my truth entirely. When I do that, I remain unaware… unconscious. Sword & Scepter helped me to connect to my deeper truths, and afforded me a safe and supportive environment in which to push the boundaries of expressing my truth. I came away feeling more trust and more dedication to expressing myself fully. Through that transformation, I became more powerful. I could not recommend this workshop more highly to men who share a similar experience of life.” — Mark Voorsanger
“The work, and the commitment to keep “working it”, held solid and expanded during the week following the workshop. While I remind myself that workshop “highs” generally have a half-life, this somehow feels a little different. Here’s why: 1) I’ve had some post workshop breakthroughs and continue to play with fundamental shifts deep within. 2) I sense there’s a cohesive group to continue beyond the workshop, and I have already met with three different men from the group last week. 3) I’m holding the possibility that this work sticks longer and is more “viral” in creating ongoing awareness within me.” — Michael L., Management Consultant & Investment Banker
“You did an outstanding job: * creating a safe ground for sharing * creating exercises to pry open our hearts and souls * adapting on-the-fly, gracefully * providing empathy and straight-talk during BIG shares And most of all, you added something that’s really hard to achieve in workshops and retreats: Magic! Magic makes anything possible. It helped bond the group together. Thanks to you both, I’ve peeled away a few layers and feel lighter and stronger as a result. Ah, but there is no finish line…” — Ward F., VP of Sales, High-Tech Media Company
“I feel stronger and more confident, comfortably in command. I am more aware of myself, my power, and where I consciously and subconsciously distribute it. I remember my vision and I stay my course. It was a powerful workshop! Thank you for bringing yourselves as fully as you did this weekend. Your gifts are extraordinary. I am hard pressed to find a better use of my time, energy and money. I would have gladly paid double or triple for the return on this investment.” — Ari P., Construction Contractor
“I am very pleased to find myself practicing and expressing male power. I find this practice a much more satisfying approach to my life, which remains challenging to me. I’m the same guy as before, it’s just that now I feel that it is time to step into my adult self.” — Todd K., Cartoonist
“The work, and the commitment to keep “working it”, held solid and expanded during the week following the workshop. While I remind myself that workshop “highs” generally have a half-life, this somehow feels a little different. Here’s why: 1) I’ve had some post workshop breakthroughs and continue to play with fundamental shifts deep within. 2) I sense there’s a cohesive group to continue beyond the workshop, and I have already met with three different men from the group last week. 3) I’m holding the possibility that this work sticks longer and is more “viral” in creating ongoing awareness within me.” — Michael L., Management Consultant & Investment Banker
“I used to read about men of old who served God, or rode off on quests seeking to fulfill some great purpose. I read feeling broken, pissed off at myself, believing that all of that gallantry belonged to ‘olden’ times… That is, until my own heart broke open, swelling with power over realizing my own purpose, a purpose right for me and perfectly designed for these times. If you too are a man either in discovery of your purpose, or seeking to fulfill it, the Sword and Scepter workshop is all about summoning the strength in you to do so. “I’ve listened to women complain about ‘men’ all my life. But here, in the company of other men, and with the help of a bunch of brilliantly conceived processes, I stretched out, allowing my power to express without constraint. I cut loose and felt what women really want from me. Hell, what I want from me… “Plus, I received reflections from other men, all kinds of men. I listened to their wisdom, let it mix with mine, and felt the clarifying power that just being with the male soul can bring. I walk away with a resurgence of inspiration and focus – a deeper appreciation for how I really feel, and a greater freedom to express those feelings, even the rage and anger that sometimes surge through. Rather than suppress it, it feels great to welcome my power, however it shows up, and to skillfully transform the force of it into what my heart and mind want to do. I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this opportunity.” — Lawrence W. Furman

The Facilitators That Lead Sword and Scepter

Keith Merron has 32 years of experience assisting executives and managers in business, government and education manifest bold vision, sustainable high performance and industry leadership. He has designed and led over 100 seminars and workshops for leaders, helping them claim and express their authority and power effectively in their work and personal lives. He is the author of 5 books in the areas of personal growth, leadership, and organizational change.
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Tim Kelley works with business and government leaders from around the world, helping them to design and implement a new paradigm for our society. He has worked with men and their connections to their power and masculinity for over 20 years. He has trained over 1000 consultants, therapists and coaches in his methods, and he is a sought-after public speaker in business circles. Tim’s techniques are taught on three continents and have been featured in books, magazines, and television.

The Staff That Assist With Sword and Scepter

Tom is a coach, guide, compassionate mentor and pioneer in the field of what’s possible for men today. Since 2004 he has trained with healing arts pioneer Tom Monte, completing 4 Levels of certification as a Compassionate Integration Counselor. He is schooled in the transformational impact of diet, having graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York with a Certificate in Health Coaching.
Tom Kelley
Arturo Diaz is a courageous, compassionate and open man who lives a good and simple life by being healthy, authentic and connected to Spirit. He works as a Civil Engineer. He started men’s work about ten years ago and has been on a journey inward – beyond story and limiting beliefs. His wounds have been his teachers. He desires to support men on their journey to transform and live from their authentic core. Some of his experiences include the New Warrior Training Adventure, Men’s Rites of Passage, Living From the Heart, and Noble Man.
Arturo Diaz
Patrick Wyzorski’s been involved in consciousness work for over 20 years, since a transformational spiritual awakening in his late 20’s. He has a passion for men’s work that helps men reclaim and cleanly express their power. Patrick’s own masculine initiation took place in his late teens through a contemporary warrior tradition. Appropriate sacrifices were made, blood was shed and scarification took place. This process has given him profound insight into masculine initiatory rites, sacrifice and power.
Patrick Wyzorski
Cal Simone’s life purpose is to bring into consciousness what’s not conscious. He helps people know themselves better, have better relationships, and discover their purpose. He enjoys working with the shadow, for nearly 15 years has been facilitating, coaching and teaching relationship work, and participated in the first organizational purpose training. Cal served as Chief Initiator for the Tribe of Men, and will be Production Manager for the upcoming Sword & Scepter workshop.
Cal Simone
Rocky Merron has led a wide variety of trainings, ranging from sales management to collaborative group process. Rocky currently serves as business development lead for one of the country’s top restaurant consulting firms, creating business strategies and developing creative brands for national food service corporations. He also has a life-long commitment to his own personal growth and living a life of authentic expression.
Rocky Merron
Bernard Zylberberg is a graduate of Interchange Counseling Institute. When he’s not counseling his IT clients through their computer woes, he can be found facilitating men’s groups or mentoring teenagers.
Bernard Zylberberg
Bill Stevens is a business and leadership consultant, executive coach, workshop leader, University teacher, interim executive, board chair, and board member. He has specialized in performance, leadership and relationship in the workplace for over 20 years.
Bill Stevens
Everardo Pedraza, M.A., M.S., MFTI, is a writer, teacher and integral psychotherapist. Everardo serves as Chair of the Planning Team for the 2016 Sword & Scepter workshop. He is a leader in men’s work in the Fresno Area and is co-founder of the Integral Men’s Group through the Integral Community Solutions Institute. He has been involved with the Mankind Project, having attended the New Warrior Training Adventure as well as Richard Rohr’s Male Rites of Passage (MROP).
Everardo Pedraza
Jonathan Bender has coached thousands of conscious entrepreneurs, and executives with transformational public speaking, specializing in getting rid of fear and nervousness, as well as finding authenticity, confidence and becoming a dynamic presence.
Jonathan Bender

Join Us October 20th – 23rd, 2016

Location is the Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga, CA
Workshop Cost is $697 (Early-Bird Discount) Which Includes Residential Fees
Register Now!
If you do not wish to register at this time, but would like to be contacted personally about this workshop, please fill out the form below (all fields are required).
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