The mission of the Men's Resource Center for Change is to support men, challenge men's violence, and develop men's leadership in ending oppression in our lives, our families, and our communities.

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Calendar of Events

Last updated August 29, 2006

Male-positive, pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, and/or anti-racist events are listed below. Most are in Western Massachusetts or nearby. To submit your event to the calendar, please email and put Calendar Listing in the Subject heading.

Click here to see the schedule for the MRC's Weekly Drop-in Support Groups


September 1-4
Labor Day Retreat for Gay Men
In its 21st year, the Rowe Labor Day event is one of the longest running retreats of its kind in the country. Come for a weekend of sharing, fun activities, great food, and enlightening workshops.
Cost: Program costs start at $170 and room and board starts at $90
Location: The Rowe Center, Rowe, MA
For more information: Visit, email, or call 413-339-4945.

September 9
The Hartford Pride Festival
Come celebrate the 25th annual Hartford Pride Festival! Venders, exhibitors, entertainers, and friends will all be coming together to celebrate the event in its new location in the heart of downtown Hartford.
Cost: free
Location: Downtown Hartford, CT from City Hall to the Old State House
For more information: Visit or all 860-724-5542.

September 14-19
11th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
A premiere, cost-effective, multidisciplinary conference that brings over 1,500 people and agencies together to discuss issues around domestic violence, criminal justice, child maltreatment, elder abuse, youth violence, sexual violence, trauma, and war.
Cost: $65 - $470 (depending on level of participation)
Location: Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA
For more information: Visit, email, or call 858-623-2777. ext. 427.

September 17
Festival of Peace on the Hudson
Join the Fellowship for Reconciliation for a fun, friendly and festive time at the organization's national headquarters. Celebrate community and honor extraordinary peace activists. The festival will include music, dance, kids' activities, raffles, and more.
Cost: Free
Location: 521 North Broadway, Nyack, NY
For more information: Visit or call 845-358-4601.

Sept 17
Out in the Park
Out in the Park presents its 10th anniversary event at Six Flags New England. A family friendly event, projections for GLBT attendees in 2006 are over 10,000. Come see why some say "it's more fun than a pride parade"!
Cost: Tickets are $49.95 at the gates but advance discount tickets will be available.
Location: Six Flags New England, Agawam, MA
For more information: Visit or

Sept 18-20
15th Annual Statewide Domestic Violence Conference
An annual extravaganza of inspiration, information, and celebration.
Cost: TBA
Location: The Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenatchee, WA
For more information: Visit, email, or call 206-389-2515 ext. 104.

September 20-22
Becoming Part of the Solution to End Violence Against Women
Men and women from all communities and professions are encouraged to attend this second annual conference. Sessions will include: "The Man Box," Men's Accountability, The Politics of Oppression, Building Coalitions, Networking and more.
Cost: $275
Location: Charlotte University Place Hilton, Charlotte, NC
For more information: Visit, email, or call 845-354-2556.

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October 7
4th Annual Men's Walk to End Abuse
The 2006 walk will be held Saturday, October 7 in Northampton, Mass. This moving community event, where men demonstrate their opposition to domestic abuse by walking with banners and signs decrying domestic violence, will feature a rally with speakers and music in downtown Northampton. Men, women, and children are invited to gather for the walk into the center of Northampton, and to take part in the rally to promote men's involvement in working to prevent violence. Organized each year in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the walk serves as a valuable opportunity for men to proclaim that domestic violence is indeed a men's issue. By concentrating on a Saturday this year, we hope that more men and families will be able participate. Proceeds from pledges and sponsors support the MRCs batterers intervention program, and will be shared with five women's organizations in western Massachusetts. This year's goal is 100 people raising $100 each to support domestic violence prevention work. Please mark your calendar and forward this information to any and all who might walk, contribute money or help find more walkers and contributors! For more information on walking, pledging, sponsoring, or just showing up for the rally, see below. Click here to read about the 2005 Walk, with links to earlier years.
For more information: Contact Gretchen at or (413) 253-9887, ext. 16.

October 13-15
Englightened Power--How Women are Changing the Way We Live
Discover how women are changing the way we live, work and think. A weekend of inspiring key notes from speakers such as Yolanda King and Gov. Ann Richards, workshops, and a worldwide café conversation. Men and women welcome.
Cost: $315
Location: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
For more information: Visit, email, or call 800-944-1001.

October 18-20
Women Peacemakers Conference
This international conference on gender-inclusive decision making for peace with justice is co-convened by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). A series of working sessions will give delegates the opportunity to directly engage with and learn from one another and build cross-sector networks and alliances. The program aims to create deeper understanding of the importance of peace with justice that includes women and men working together.
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
For more information: Visit or call (619) 260-7509.

Oct 19-20
Sonoma Wine Country's First Annual Family Violence Conference
A variety of workshops with topics including teen dating, internet violence, and date rape will be offered.
Cost: TBA
Location: TBA in Santa Rosa, CA
For more information: Email or call 707-543-4040.

October 27-28
Washington State Association for Multicultural Education Conference
This conference is made up of intensive workshops and breakout sessions and is available for educators at all levels, community leaders, social service workers, and parents. A wide range of topics are covered, including: Immigration and the American Century, Concrete Tools for Working with People in Poverty, Understanding Anti-Gay Harassment and Violence in Schools, Islam after 9/11, and Moving Beyond Cultural Festivals.
Cost: $170 - $255
Location: Clark College, Vancouver, WA
For more information: Visit or email

October 28
Day of Meditation & Contemplation for Men
The day, led by Chas & Ray DiCapua, will consist of formal mediation instruction and practice, as well as an opportunity to contemplate, as men, the significance of undertaking this practice. There will be a scheduled time for questions, answers and dialog.
Cost: Suggested donation of $20-$30
Location: Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, Easthampton, MA
For more information: Visit or call (413) 527-0388.

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Nov. 1-3
The Batterer Intervention Services Coalition Fall Conference
The BISC of Michigan will be meeting to discuss the current standards of batterer intervention services in the state and the country. The future of batterer intervention will also be a main focus.
Location: The Treetops Resort, Gaylord, MI
For more information: Visit

November 7-9
Elderhood: Giving and Receiving Blessings
We invite any man over 55 who is willing to face his judgments, honor his shadows, open to the support of his lineage, take the risk of creating his own path, face his mortality, and live his life for the good of the world soul to join us for this exciting adventure into Eldership.
Cost: $325-$450 (sliding scale--meals and lodging included)
Location: retreat near Denver, CO
For more information: Visit, email, or call 303-444-9066.

November 10-12
Making Whiteness Visible: Working toward a Multicultural Society
This is a weekend event for white folks AND people of color to recognize together the effects of a socialization that has maintained "whiteness," keeping separation and racism in place--and then commit to do something about it. The retreat is led by Laurie B. Lippin, Ph.D., Founder of Lippin & Associates, a coaching and consulting group.
Cost: $180 per person plus $30 for a copy of Understanding Whiteness/Unraveling Racism: Tools for the Journey. Room and board: $175.
Location: Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor, PA
For more information: Visit

November 29-30
8th Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference
This multi-disciplinary conference is designed to provide continuing education to a wide variety of professionals, including mental health care providers, advocates, nurses, attorneys, educators, and law enforcement officials. Workshops will cover such areas as primary prevention strategies, working with children, and enhancing clinical skills.
Cost: TBA
Location: Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, KY
For more information: Visit, email, or call 502-226-2704.

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