Boys To Men Programs

The Manology sessions are not running at this time. Let us know if you would like to see these discussion evenings start up again.

The Golden Family Center in the past has offered a discussion and support group for Men called Manology. This group is a place to explore and discuss the concept of masculinity, by looking at our biology, psychology, sociology and spirituality.
The central focus of this discussion and support group is the belief that in today’s society the concept of masculinity is confused. As we face the basic questions about: who we are? What are we supposed to do in this life? and, How we are supposed to do it? – our inner self ends up in conflict with our society’s version of who we should be. We believe that addressing these complex questions is fundamental to our development as healthy human beings. Manology is a place to explore the questions we face in a supportive and respectful way.

We know that none of us have the answers but we feel the questions and discussion are very worthwhile.


There is a range of presentations and presenters, and a range of topics. A popular topic is Bill Plotkin’s concept of the Soulcentric Developmental Wheel. This topic explores the developmental wheel, but also looks at other related topics, including the brain’s influence on our emotions and behaviour, communication, stress, anxiety, anger, depression, work, relationship and how we support each other.

Manology is facilitated by Justin Telfer. You can reach Justin by contacting the Golden Family Center or emailing him at jtelfer [at] ekass [dot] comjtelfer{at}ekass{.}com

Who is Bill Plotkin?

Bill Plotkin holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bill has developed a model for looking at how we develop as human beings. He calls this model the Soulcentric Developmental Wheel (SWD).

“A life-span model of development from infancy through authentic elderhood, the SDW presents eight distinct stages of life and shows how these stages are almost always independent of chronological age, biological development, cognitive ability, or social role. Rather, the movement from one stage to the next comes about through progress with psychological and spiritual tasks that are specific to each stage. The SDW presents an achievable vision of a contemporary way of life that holds soul-discovery and genuine contribution to the more-than-human community as its most central features and goals”