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    Coming Home: Men and Search for Soul

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    • Part one: Introduction; ‘New Year’s Eve’; ancestral presence; 'Man to Man'; women and men’s risks: childbirth vs the battlefield; ‘Tears on the Drum’; ‘The Iron Door’.

    • Part two: Cycles of repitition; solitary confinement; issues that come up working on ourselves; ‘Saturn and Sons’; fathers we meet internally; ‘Counting the Marigolds’; mentor betrayal; a threat to the father; ‘Two Falls, Two Submissions, or a Knockout’.

    • Part three: ‘Cut Grass and Nicotine’; relationships with our mothers; ‘My Little Man’; ‘The Winner’; William’s experience in the corporate field; ‘An Ode to my Suit’.

    • Part four: Blue collar workers and the working class - the class system in the UK; ‘Just a Man’; the theme and meaning of Coming Home; ‘Bitter Sweet’; loss of imagination in society; ‘A Doodle on the Edge’.

    • Part five: The supression of imagination; the emergence of the shadow form; the art of being a man; the more work we do the more we can express ourselves; ‘Anyone Can Sing’; men governed by fear; ‘The Inheritance’; ‘Hidden Personas: An Ecology’.

    • Part six: GAS (Grief Anger and Shame) work; ‘The Thirteenth Chair’; the work bringing us to a softening, compassion, and tenderness; ‘A Traveller’s Tale; a warmth that exists between men’; ‘A Wing and a Prayer: A Visit to the Nursing Home’.

    • Part seven: Friendships in men's groups; ‘Imagine: Meeting the Fisher King Again’.

    • Part eight: Q&A and conclusion.

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    Audio of the talk

    • Coming Home, audio

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    The full length video, uncut

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    Feedback and Certificate of Completion

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William Ayot

William Ayot is an award-winning poet, author, teacher and ritualist. Over three decades, he has organized, hosted, facilitated and led, men’s and mixed personal development events and rites of passage, working in rehab, correctional, personal development and organizational contexts. He uses poetry and the arts to teach leadership in boardrooms and business schools around the world, currently teaching on the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. William also designs and leads bespoke rituals for individuals and groups in his purpose-built ritual garden in Monmouthshire, Wales. Writing includes the play, Bengal Lancer, three collections of poetry, and a prose book on ritual. He is currently writing a book for and about men in a time of epochal change. William leads personal rituals for people in person, designs rituals for people from all over the world, and is available for one-to-one coaching online.

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