In addition to the workshops, many other networking opportunities exist. Affinity groups – small informal meetings of men who share a common interest (twelve-step, healthy eating support, incest survivors, etc) – can be formed by announcing your desire to connect with other interested men around a particular issue during Opening Circle or during the short announcement times during meals. Affinity groups meet whenever and wherever group members agree to meet – at a particular table at a particular meal, during free time, etc.
Other guys prefer deep one-on-one conversations with old or new-found friends sipping coffee or walking the trail around the 22-acre pond. For continuing support after the gathering and to avoid post-MMG letdown/depression, some participants create men’s groups that start at MMG and meet in their local areas throughout the year. It’s wise to repeat where you’re from in both the Opening and Closing Circles and to note the names of men who live near you. Connect faces with names and contact info on the Preliminary Participant List, which is available at the registrar’s desk.