MCLA Future Men's Retreats: It's Decision Time

MCLA Future Men's Retreats: It's Decision Time

Director's Message
April 2018

Greetings MCLA Sacred Path Community,

My message this month will be very brief and to the point.  I encourage you to take a few minutes to read this and respond in the comments section at the end.  Your thoughtful and forthright feedback is needed and will be seriously considered.

You may be aware, if you’ve read my messages over the past couple of months, that we lost our October date up at Gindling Hilltop Camp. I have previously written about the reasons so I won’t go into it again.  It’s difficult to find another site that is comparable that has not already been reserved.  Camps are usually reserved a year in advance. Nonetheless, we have a decision to make.

Gindling Hilltop has offered us 4 days and 3 nights in December, the 6th through the 9th.  These dates are being tentatively held for us to decide whether to take them or not.  The question before us is:  would we have enough men willing to attend at that time of the year?  The weather is typically mild then and should not pose an issue.

I think it comes down to whether we could attract 60 and preferably more men who are willing to commit to attending in early December.  Another option would be to forego the 4 day retreat and have a one or two-day event in October, somewhere.

Please contemplate and comment as to whether you are personally interested in attending in December.  Furthermore, will you commit now to coming and bringing one or more other men with you?  Or, do you feel that a shorter event in October would be preferable?

With gratitude to all of you who have read this and are offering your feedback. It will make the difference as to when, where and even perhaps, will we gather together next Fall.  I’ll update you in the May newsletter.

Finally, bravo to the men who attended the Colorado River Kayak Retreat and who braved the flash flood.  Quite an adventure!  Read about it in this newsletter.

IT'S DECISION TIME. Please leave your feedback in the comments section below. We're all in this together. 

In the spirit of brotherhood.


Stephen J. Johnson Ph.D., LMFT
Executive Director






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Dr. Stephen Johnson is founder and executive director of the Men's Center Los Angeles and leader/wayshower of the Sacred Path men's retreats for the past 30+ years. He is a gifted therapist and master facilitator for the experiential journey that unfolds during his counseling sessions and workshops. Dr. J is a skilled and seasoned psychotherapist who has the sensibilities of a wisdom teacher. He provides a safe space for freedom of expression in accessing one’s pain while fostering transformation, personal expansion and spiritual growth. Click here to visit



Dr. Johnson is author of "THE SACRED PATH: THE WAY OF THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR," an amazing how-to book for men who want to become better men . . . AND for the women who care about them.



"THE SACRED PATH MEN'S RETREATS" MCLA's Wisdom Council honored Dr. J's amazing 30+ years of mindful leadership and mentorship with a special commemorative tribute film. See for yourself the incredible men's work that we do on the mountain.