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The Art of Love: Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine

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A Meditation Retreat for Men and Masculine Identified Folks w/ Daniel Sutton-Johanson

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"Men, in some deep part of themselves, are homesick for the truth"

— Barbara Deming

"Patriarchy does not allow for the love of boys"

— bell hooks


Even during a global pandemic we are still called to do the work of dismantling systems of power that continue to create violence for so many communities.

As the Movement for Black Lives continue, so does our work to undo patriarchy as one of the pillars of systematic racism.

Having our hearts shaped from an early age, into something limiting, we know deeply in our bodies, as unsatisfying and heartbreaking.

There is a longing to heal from the ways in which a system retaliates and punishes those who transgress the default of patriarchal masculinity.

The breaking open of hearts, the deconstruction of a shaming culture where male pain has no voice, where male pain is invisible and has no space to be healed, is life saving work.

Restorative practice is the restoring of conditions to where they were before harm happened. To have any chance of doing this, we need to find the roots of the harm together and then reduce them, together. This is the work of men, in acknowledging how hard it is to practice ‘the art of love’ in a patriarchal culture.

Join Daniel as we come together, to practice attending to the heartbreak and disrupt the patriarchal landscaping of our experience and in doing so, break open and reveal the sacred masculine for the benefit and liberation of ourselves and others.



This retreat is designed and suitable for all levels of experience.

In this retreat, participants will engage in meditation, dialogue, sharing and personal storytelling, and ritual to unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self more generally.

Through a dharmic lens, as a community we will examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a contemplative path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings.

Beyond conditioning. Beyond fear.



On this retreat, Southsea Sangha and Daniel welcomes all male-identified and all masculine identified people to collectively illuminate how patriarchal expressions of self create suffering for all of us, as we begin to develop a relationship to a more sacred masculinity.

Our hope is that these efforts will not only further our own liberation, but begin to cultivate spiritual and accountable communities and a human world where both the feminine and masculine expressions of ourselves are loved, healed, nurtured and held in a loving balance.



This retreat will be conducted through Zoom. You can download zoom to your device for free Here

A registration link will be sent out to all participants when they book their place prior to the retreat beginning.


The cost of the retreat is priced to cover the basic costs of hosting. Daniel has not been paid for this retreat and is totally dependant on your dana and generosity.

Options for offering dana to the teacher will be made available during the retreat.

Tickes are priced on a sliding scale.


Ticket purchases operate on an honesty, self assessment basis.

BIPOC / BAME yogis can regsiter for free

Donaton options for unemployed.

Please read the ticket descriptions carefully before purchasing and support us in removing financial barriers to those wishing to benefit from these teachings.

Refunds can be issued up to 7 days before the event.



7.30pm - 9pm [opening ceremony]


7am - 8am [Practice]

Breakfast Break

9am - 10.30am [Teaching + Practice]

Comfort Break

11am - 12.30pm [Teaching + Practice]

Lunch Break

2.30pm - 3pm [Practice]

Comfort Break

3:30 - 5.30pm[closing ceremony]


Daniel Sutton-Johanson

Daniel Sutton-Johanson is the founder and community dharma leader of Southsea Sangha, a burgeoning urban dharma community on the island city of Portsmouth, est. 2014.

Daniel began dharma practice in 2004 encountering Vipassana at a time of addiction and depression and now practises as a Psychotherapist, mindfulness educator with young people, trained by Mindful Schools, and as a mentor for iBme UK.

Daniel is a long term student of Martin Aylward and works closely with Lama Rod Owens, co facilitating and assisting retreats in California and Gaia House, UK.

He can be reached at danielsjtherapy@gmail.com

He identifies as a queer white cis male and uses he/him/they pronouns.


Lee Deveraux will be assisting Daniel on this retreat.

Lee has been practising formal meditation and studying the dharma since 2012. He found the practise whilst in an addiction rehabilitation centre and continues to use it in his everyday life. In 2016 set up bhuddist addiction recovery groups with Daniel in Portsmouth and leading for several years as well as facilitating mindfulness groups in his professional role and also as a volunteer meditation facilitator for Southsea Sangha.

Lee currently works nationally in prisons helping to eliminate blood borne viruses among the most marginalised members of society. He continues to formally practise daily and sit on lone retreats or occasional attends group retreats at Gaia House.

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