Men’s Retreat
Action Change Group for 
Post-Traumatic Growth
a workshop using the
Therapeutic Spiral Model

Temenos Community | Retreat House
 1564 Telegraph Road
 West Chester, PA. 19382

This is a personal-growth workshop for men seeking a safe space to share life challenges, traumatic and transformative experiences, and to do action-based therapeutic work to heal trauma, recover a sense of wholeness, and empower post-traumatic growth.
“Men today are facing a world that challenges notions of identity and what it means to be a ‘man’. In order to find harmony in our life and society, we need to reflect on who we are within the world, strive towards accepting the various aspects of our own identity, while also building a more inclusive society. We must face the internal conflicts that tear us apart and block us from emotional intimacy, find a better footing in these challenging times as we define for ourselves who we want to be, and reawaken our wholeness after trauma. This workshop explores various aspects of our experience and how it has impacted us in our work, in our relationships with others, and ourselves. Potential topics to be explored will be trauma, loss, addictions, recovery, culture, race, sexual orientation, gender, identity, disabilities, spiritual beliefs, ageism, inclusivity, and diversity” (
This is a residential personal-growth

Action Healing Team

Steven Durost, Team Leader (TL), Gabriel Thibaut de Maisieres, Assistant Leader (AL), Joshua Lee, Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE) and Laurence Chad Tingley, Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE)


Steven Durost, Team Leader (TL), PhD, LCMHC, REAT, is the Founder and Director of C.R.E.A.T.E
(Center for Expressive Arts, Therapy and Education), in Manchester, NH, where he facilitates groups regularly. He teaches psychodrama courses at Springfield College-Manchester and Lesley University Cambridge; his work was nationally recognized in 2014 with an award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. Steven is helping to bring TSM Psychodrama to India and has presented, started groups, taught courses and conducted workshops in 11 countries.

Gabriel Thibaut de Maisieres, Assistant Leader (AL), MA, MFT, is a certified assistant leader in the Therapeutic Spiral Model, a marriage and family therapist, and an experiential therapist in private practice in San Francisco, where he works with men and couples.
(more information about Gabriel Thibaut de Maisieres)

Joshua Lee, Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE)
Joshua S. Lee, LCSW-C, is a licensed mental health professional in the state of Maryland and a performance life coach specializing in working with social entrepreneurs and males throughout the life span; he has over 20 years of experience. He is committed to making the «male world» better in order for his five daughters to have well-adjusted young men to connect with in life. He is owner of UMOJA Integrative Behavioral Health Systems, LLC, and developer of an experiential coaching system called The Game Plan for Better Living©.

Laurence Chad Tingley, Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE)
My journey into the repairing potential of experiential therapy began in 1996 with a month long immersion followed by 7 months of weekly group. Intrigued by the role of community in individual transformation, I earned a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology and Interpretation Theory in 2002, focusing on the discursive construction of identity and meaning. I’ve continued to explore this theme in personal quest for peace, and, in 2018, began training in The Therapeutic Spiral Model. My current mission is: “To create opportunities for men to heal safely by showing up and doing my own work.”


Our “Men’s Retreat” will take place in a beautiful setting, the retreat house of Temenos Community, located near the city’s Westchester neighborhood.
Address: Temenos Community | Retreat House, 1564 Telegraph Road, West Chester, PA. 19382


Trauma is any disturbing life experience that damages a person’s sense of security and well-being; trauma can be any experience that has left the person feeling overwhelmed and powerless, and that leaves lasting emotional, cognitive and/or behavioral sequels in the present life of the person. In line with Saphiro (1992), trauma can be understood as any experience exceeding a
person’s capability to process it in a way that can be integrated in autobiographical memory, and therefore cannot be integrated in daily experience, leaving disturbing effects in the person’s everyday life.

Traumatic events can be one-time events (e.g., natural disaster, accident, aggression, violence, rape or sexual assault, catastrophic brain injury, cardiac arrest, the sudden death of a loved one); chronic events (e.g., psychological or sexual abuse, attachment trauma, negligent care, abandonment, race- or gender-related trauma, political or ethnic conflict, political violence, migration or relocation, unemployment, school failure, extended illness, burnout, compassion fatigue, grief and loss). Other such categories and distinctions include simple or complex; natural or artificial; intentional or unintentional; direct (personal) or indirect (vicarious), and trauma from having observed an event (witness-originated trauma).


“Using action methods inspired by the latest healing knowledge, we invite you to join us in this men’s group. Together, we will increase the strengths within ourselves, transform our defenses, and cultivate post-traumatic growth through experiential therapy, psychodrama, and the creative arts. In examining the roles within ourselves, we can discern which ones contribute to us being the best men we can be, while also adding new roles to expand beyond the limits of our current selves. This workshop is experiential in nature, providing anyone who self-identifies as male with a safe place for personal work.”


In this workshop we will have the opportunity to
—become aware of our inner roles and inner multiple voices, paying attention to the inner dialogues we constantly have in our daily lives;
―listen to our inner conflicts in prioritizing multiple demands and expectations coming from self and others, finding harmonic ways of embracing and living with all the aspects of our identities;
—generate conversations and reflective dialogues about what it means for us to be a man;
—share experiences on the construction of the “male” identities that have been meaningful for us (challenging, conflictive, traumatic, inspiring, transformative, etc.);
―share the challenges in our intimate, interpersonal, family, and work relationships;
―share, work through, and heal our traumatic experiences, including those related to gender identity, sexual orientation or race;
―find mutuality and embrace diversity, contributing to our personal growth and toward the co-construction of a more inclusive society;
―advance in differentiating our many ways of being, in particular the roles

• that enable our full self-expression, making us feel free, creative and genuine;
• that we have developed as defense mechanisms, “protecting” us while perpetuating the very conflicts that limit the horizon of our experiences;
• that we perpetuate to meet the expectations of others (real or internalized others), making us feel restricted or submissive; or
• that we would like to explore but as yet either do not exist in our repertoire or are underdeveloped there, awaiting action.


Our personal-growth workshops using TSM were first offered in 1992, designed to provide the utmost in safety and healing while providing an opportunity to face trauma directly so that life could grow through spontaneity and creativity. From 1992 to 2000 many workshops were held at the Psychodrama Theatre of Protection, a residential setting in Black Earth, Wisconsin (USA), where people demonstrated that they were, in fact, ‘surviving spirits’. Since then this workshop has been offered several times a year at different sites around the world. At the beginning of the development of these personal growth groups, many more women than men suffering from addictions, eating disorders, or history of being sexually abused shared their stories with Kate Hudgins, resulting in the development of a TSM International Women’s Salon. In the years since then, an increasing number of men have shared their stories, too, and experienced the healing effect of the action change groups for men. We are proud to offer now in Philadelphia a “Men’s Retreat: Action Change Group for Post-Traumatic Growth.”
This is a residential personal-growth


1. Registration

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2. Fees

Workshop fee includes tuition, meals and shared room a extra $500 will be paid for individual rooms

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Workshop total price: $1000 (Students $485)
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Workshop total price: $1010 (Students $595)
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Workshop total price: $1020 (Students $605)

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    María Muñoz-Grandes, M.Sc., M.A., M.Ed.
    Ignacio García, M.D
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