Manifest is a non-profit men’s wellness community empowering diverse men in the Portland, OR area to manifest wellness & love through community.
We empower men to achieve their wellness visions, and address & prevent chronic illness—through the study and practice together of fun, better habits in mind/body/spirit wellness. We do this by offering more than 18 weekly action-oriented programs that meet in more than 80 classes monthly, like yoga, hiking, biking, Qi Gong, nutrition, creative movement, cooking, and recreational/social groups. What makes our approach effective is the friendships & community between men that help them sustain real changes in diet, exercise, & stress management, and our diverse array of classes.
A Men’s Wellness Network
We serve one another from an ethic of abundance and mutual support. While this sounds like pie-in-the-sky, such a wellness network is based on the traditional bartering and mutual support systems used by rural, indigenous, and traditional societies all over the world throughout human history. Bartering and mutual support for health care is a much older, more reliable, and more traditionally successful system than health insurance (which is why the current health insurance system in the U.S. is in a state of collapse). Until universal healthcare somehow miraculously arrives from on high, a Men’s Wellness Network is something concrete and immediately useful we can experiment with in the Portland men’s community. We can learn from one another, and we can help one another.
In the coming years your health will increasingly depend on the quality of the network of people who will support your wellness no matter what. Money will not be enough. Even wealthy people are finding themselves bankrupt overnight by the ways our state and nation fails to deal with health insurance and catastrophic illness. Traditional health insurance and the bloated health care industry it is propping up are increasingly becoming a mirage that gives no one wellness. It is time to invest in a network of men, here and now, who can and will support all of us in very practical, individualized, affordable, and holistic ways.
Compassion is our core shared value. We seek to embody the following forms of compassion in all our events and interactions:
- Healing and Nurturing Intention for Ourselves and Others. This means we don’t use intoxicating substances at our events. don’t pursue erotic desires at our events, and keep our focus on healing and nurturing ourselves and others.
- Presence and Comfort.
- Honest with Compassion
- Double Confidentiality. We share only our own experience & do not give advice.
- Service and Abundance. We give what we want to receive, and practice gratitude.
- Diversity. We are strengthened by our differences and we work to create environments where everyone’s needs can be met.