European Men's Gathering Facilitators

Alexander Bard (SE)

Alexander is a philosopher, and former artist and music producer, based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has written five books with co-author Jan Söderqvist, and both in their fourth book “Syntheism – Creating God in The Internet Age” and in the fifth book “Digital Libido”, Bard & Söderqvist propose a general model for how the Male Gender ended up in a deep crisis in contemporary society, and how this crisis must be solved both through an adaption to the changing times and through a return to Man’s sociobiological foundation, as an equal but in many if not most instances radically different gender from Woman. Bard’s own contribution to such a Man’s Movement lies in laying the theoretical foundation for understanding the Male Gender, the different archetypes of Man, and how these personality types should and must be trained to collaborate in teams of excellence, to provide a new generation of men with the one thing they desire most in their lives: a profound sense of purpose.

Paul Lloyd Robson (ZA / DK)

Paul is a co-founder of Maniphesto, born and raised in South Africa and has been living in Scandinavia for 17 years. He is educated as a Political Scientist and spent nine years working as a sustainability consultant in the corporate world. He is a trained psychotherapist who believes that making stuff happen in the world together with other people is the best type of therapy one can do. He has taught scuba diving, rock climbing, acroyoga, dance and bodywork and believes in the power of combining ideas with somatic experience in his facilitation. Paul is particularly focused on supporting men in developing their ability to take personal responsibility instead of projecting their pain and fear onto the world around them. He works to help men find a third way between the macho man and a weakling with no direction or boundaries. And his mission is to help men to become a better version of themselves through communities which build courage, integrity, vulnerability and honesty amongst their members.

Hajee Pepping (NL)

Hajee is a trained Digital Design Engineer. After 16 years of work as an engineer he stopped engineering in 2017 in order to dedicate all his time and energy working as a men's coach specialized in anger at his own company Mankracht.


In pursuit of wanting to do the right or good thing he currently dedicates his life to inspire and support people wanting to live more freely and be more authentic, in order for them to reach their full potential.

Michael Butler

Michael Butler is a native Texan and an Orthodox Priest with degrees in psychology, theology and church history. He has taught at university and trained men for ordained ministry. He has been active in interdisciplinary academic conferences, working in environmentalism, natural law, church-state relations, economics and art. He has been a participant in men’s work for over 15 years and has work with men’s groups off and on for the past decade. His men’s work is strongly influenced by neo-Jungian thought. He wants to help men to become the best that they can be. Formerly he practiced Okinawan karate and kobudo, but in the last several years his attention turned from the dojo to the gym and he is now an amateur bodybuilder. He has been married 35 years and has two sons.

Eli Buren (USA)

Eli Buren has taught workshops and retreats internationally since 2005, working with thousands of students across the USA, Europe, and Asia. He is gifted at guiding students into living their realizations with integrity through their entire body.

He has studied with a wide spectrum of teachers, including an 8 year engagement with David Deida as a teaching assistant, co-teacher, and workshop producer. In 2015 he created the annual 7 day Men's Elemental Immersion, offered in Bali and Zion.

Eli is gifted at guiding men into a deeper understanding of spirit, authenticity, and true presence—teaching how to live each realization with integrity through the body.

Thomas Buch-Andersen (DK)

Thomas Buch-Andersen is a journalist, MA, certified leadership coach, NLP Master, group facilitator and trained yoga teacher. Besides his day job, he is a part of the team behind Rituelleovergange.dk, bringing Rites of Passage to boys and young men in Denmark. Thomas also teaches men's yoga with the goal of supporting men in getting from the head down into the body - and finding direction from there. He is age 48, married and father of three children aged 5, 6 and 14. 

Ole Bjerg (DK)

Ole is associate professor in philosophy and economics at Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of several books on a wide range of topics including ethics, addiction, poker, sustainability, money and banking. Ole's current research is focused on men.

Ole regularly appears as a public intellectual in Danish as well as international media. His work on money and banking lead him to co-found the organization Gode Penge in 2014. His current research on men is driven by an interest in improving the relations between men and women in contemporary society. This interest has also led him into studying and practicing family constellations work.

Tomas Friis (DK)

Tomas has a master degree in Business Administration and Economics and 15 years of management and consulting experience in the financial services industry. Shifting into psychotherapy and counselling with a focus on men, masculinity and relationships he has more than 10.000 hours of clinical practise counselling men, women and couples.  

Helping men grow into more integrity and live more authentic and meaningful lives he has facilitated Men’s groups, developmental processes and courses and Men’s workshops for more than 10 years. Tomas’ work is reaching “ordinary men” who live ordinary lives as fathers, lovers, friends, workers, leaders - helping them become extraordinary in dealing with the real issues of work, family, relationship, sex -  and finding meaning and purpose in life.

Your spirituality and healthy masculinity - or lack of - shows in the way you lead your day to day life in work, relationship and family.

John Aigner (DE)

Among Germany’s leading men’s coaches John has been teaching men for over ten years. With a diverse background in Sexual Psychology, Human Sexuality, Sexological Body, NLP, hypnosis and leadership training he teaches workshops in Germany, Switzerland and Thailand. He is a co-founder of the non-profit men’s organzation MALEvolution in Berlin and with his team puts on MANN SEIN, the largest yearly men’s conference in Europe’s German-speaking region

Eivind Figenschau Skjellum (NO)

After spending most of his 20s as a practitioner within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Eivind realized that his quest for enlightenment had ended, and his quest for a masculine identity had begun. Being led by his own ignorance of what it meant to be a man, he founded Masculinity-Movies.com, a website using integral and archetypal theory to analyse popular culture.

In 2011, Eivind founded Authentic Norway, the first authentic relating community in Europe, and arena for many of the meetings and co-creative ventures that laid the foundation for the European Circling community.

In 2012, he co-created the Reclaim your Inner Throne process work, a powerful modality based on a unique application of neo-Jungian archetypal theory. It has been named “constellation work on steroids” by participants and observers. In 2014, he delivered the Reclaim your Inner Throne 3-month online training to the world, which he hosts to this day. Eivind remains committed to his evolutionary work in the world, and considers the work of helping men rediscover a masculinity beyond the misconceptions of the political right and left as the most important challenge facing the world today.

Gustav Högfeldt (SE)

Gustav Högfeldt is trained as a bodyworker and has specialised in guiding individuals to reach their power and authenticity through physical movement and expression. Workwise he spend most his hours within the danish prison system where he facilitates bodywork both for groups of inmates and one to one. He is also trained as a carpenter and has a passion for woodcraft. Gustav sees the practices of physical movement and woodcraft as ways to bring the individual back to his natural roots and grounding. This is what he will share at the EMG.

Jesper Lejfjord (SE)

Jesper Lejfjord has been working with community building for 10+ years and has been living with ethnic minorities in the Lao jungle before founding a community centered around a shared working space, “The Castle” in central Stockholm, Sweden.   

Through esoteric practises and philosophy studies, Jesper has acquired an interest in human development in general and men’s work in particular. Jesper is involved in the Mankind Project and its Nordic branch, hosts men’s groups at The Castle and has been a guest lecturer at Nodens Men’s Group in Stockholm.

“Menswork is one of our most urgent tasks. Humanity is faced with grave environmental challenges, our oceans are dying, wars are raging, droughts are increasing & incredibly powerful artificial intelligence systems will soon influence us more than we can possibly imagine. Currently too many men are acting as boys - using their powers irresponsibly.  Many males will soon lose their jobs and identities due to automation. It is our responsibility to help them, and the next generation of boys, to become men.”

Jakob Kærgaard (DK)

Jakob teaches and facilitates men’s groups based in Copenhagen and increasingly also abroad, with strong emphasis on deep and direct sharing and feedback. He holds a Master’s degree in philosophy and history and a black belt in Shotokan karate. He has practised yoga, martial arts and meditation for several years, which he sees also as supplementary techniques to work with and sublimate the vital energies of our body. He is a passionate teacher that loves to share his knowledge and to create brotherhood among men.

Jakob’s website is www.vitalunit.com in english, www.vitalunit.dk in Danish.

Torben Haugaard (DK)

Torben Haugaard (born 1957) is educated officer- of the Reserve in the Danish Royal Lifeguard, police officer and independent business consultant and business psychotherapist, speaker and couples therapist. He is founder and partner in Department of Business Therapy offering a pure psycho therapeutic education on a business fundament as well as leadership development program for leaders and organizations. He has held a long career both in the public sector and in the private sector working with development of organizations and leaders on a psychotherapeutical basis.

Jozef Mihalisin (SL)

Jozef has eight years of experience as a sales team leader in Czech and the Slovak Republic. He believes in and follows the rule "Leaders create Leaders". He is a certified instructor of the "Empower the child" method and facilitates workshops with the focus on developing empowerment.

Jozef organises and facilitates Men’s circles in Slovakia using the principles of Ethicotherapy and martial arts of Systema. In workshops for men and women I use principles of Spolu/Together/вместе method developed by Andrei Karimov.

Jozef also facilitate exceptional teambuilding events for companies where he focus on the wisdom of the body and the experience of trust between team members, will power, improvement of team communication, refining communication and overcoming the all too common fear of taking responsibility.

Andrew Sweeny

Andrew Sweeny is Canadian born writer, musician, author of a poetry
book, and creator of several music albums.  He lives with his wife and
daughter just outside of Paris in Avon, France, close to the grave of
George Gurdjieff.  With an affinity for crazy wisdom master’s like
Gurdieff, he is a meditator and practitioner of Eastern spirituality.

Lately Andrew has been a consummate blogger, YouTuber, and gonzo
journalist for the London based Rebel Wisdom media platform.  He is
also the host of a podcast with philosopher Alexander Bard called
Sweeny vs Bard.  Andrew is a teacher at several French Universities,
Lecturing on on Technology, Media, Literature, Film, and psychology.
He has been involved with men’s groups in London and Paris in the past
5 years, recognising the need to cultivate and re-envigorate the
masculine principal. 

Andy Buru (SE)

Andy has been studying the practice of trust and sacrifice during the past few decades, and different rituals to hold space for it. The primary modality is european and japanese rope bondage. He first got in contact the European Men’s Gathering when teaching a Men Tying Men workshop at the Noden Men's Group. Hands-on exploring how masculinity relates to surrender, vulnerability, strength, and beauty. Almost like a rite of passage. Maybe every man should learn to trust in a brother before trying to hold a woman?

 

Andy sees an imbalance in modern life between holding power, and trusting in surrender, and how this has deeply shaped what it means to be a man, and a brother, in our patriarchal society. Andy brings more embodied wisdom and practical tools, and less intellectual truths. He is a student of theater, medical massage therapist and conscious kinkster, with an corporate background in international team and organizational coaching.

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Workshop Proposals

We are always looking for teachers and workshop facilitators who can add new perspectives to our program and expand our work. If you have a relevant and useful addition  and are interested in submitting a workshop proposal for the 2020 European Men's Gathering, then read more here.