'Warrior Within' is a sacred space for men that involves meditation and interactive dialogue around the true nature of masculinity. The circle is based on ancient Shamanic principles, with the extensive use of mythology and story-telling. It is underpinned by the archetype of the Wild Man — a combination of the primal and divine masculine who is prepared to examine where it is he hurts and thus learn to embody masculinity’s highest expression. We draw inspiration from major influences such as Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Robert Bly. The underlying concepts of 'Warrior Within' have been covered by Meditation Australia, The Good Men Project, The Mighty, The Art of Healing, Nourish Melbourne and many others. 'Warrior Within' partners with The Resilient Leaders Foundation by way of donation from its members ($10 per circle) to fund young men aged 11-16 through their Young Warrior Program.

'Warrior Within' takes place fortnightly on Tuesday nights at The Fifth Direction, beginning at 7pm. Please read or contact Asher Packman for more information.



The Gathering, hosted by Asher Packman and Loretta Carraro (Nourished Energy), is a monthly sacred space for men and women. We explore masculinity and femininity in our culture and in ourselves and learn to connect fully to their divinity and power, allowing the creation of a unifying energetic wholeness. The circle we co-create is based on ancient Shamanic principles and offers an opportunity to ground and reconnect, allowing us to live with love, passion, purpose and freedom of spirit. It helps us discover and understand these innate qualities in the other, as well as within ourselves, while the alignment of these divine energies provides an entry point into our heart-awakened authenticity, enabling us to drop all fear of expressing our deepest self. We draw upon the archetypal figures of Shiva and Shakti. The masculine Shiva representing consciousness, while the feminine Shakti is the activating and energising principle (power). In essence, they are one and the same.

The Gathering takes place on the last Thursday of every month at The Fifth Direction, beginning at 7pm. All are welcome to join us. Book here.