Spoke with my Dad about the Men's weekend he went on. He thinks it would be good for me to go on a similar weekend, but refuses to tell me *why*, which I find frustrating. He does say it's experiential rather than knowlege-based, and that the reason he won't tell me is that he doesn't want to encourage my forebrain to get in the way of my experience.
Problem is, he also affirms that the guy who leads the weekend is an arrogant, melodramatic asshole, who leads workshop weekends because he makes a good living for himself doing so, as opposed to wanting to help people, or some such. My father is a very well-behaved, quiet man; this is the first time in the 48 years *I've* known him that I've heard him describe anyone in such negative terms.
I can't imagine anything I could hear from an arrogant melodramatic asshole that would be a positive life-changing experience. Can you?
Anyone? Please? How is it possible to go to a weekend retreat that you have to pay to be there for, and have an experience with a complete jerk of a human being, and get something of great positive value out of the experience?
More confusing; my Dad thinks that being a jerk is a *necessary characteristic* to being able to lead this kind of weekend; Dad says he can't imagine anyone he could respect being able to do a good job of it. Me, I'm confused. And also ouchy.