Take three days to rest, be yourself, and
connect with other men on your own terms.
A time of encouragement and challenge with grace.
No pressure, No condemnation, No being preached at.
What can MANTIME do for you?
At MANTIME you'll get..
Confidence that you know the right road to follow.
A quiet space you don't usually create for your own life.
Clarity about what it means to be a man in today's world and culture.
Conversations on a level that you've maybe pushed down in everyday life.
Rest and good eating with a bunch of guys with no expectations of each other.
Tired and caught up in the crush of life and putting up a front
Feeling like you’re giving more than you’ve got, and not getting back as much as you give
Wondering - Am I getting this right? Do I just keep trying like this or am I fouling it up?
If You Feel You Need To....
To see other guys with the same struggles and hope
To not feel the need to hide anymore, to be free to be yourself
A chance to process life and the challenges that have come that you never expected
To get re-centered, realigned, rejuvenated
What MANTIME Men say.
“It’s a time to get some fresh air, relax, and not think about work, sales, what client I’m missing...and really concentrate on my life and the THE end goal.”
— BUDDY BOONE
“I can go home and love my kids better, love my wife better, because of the conversations I had.”
— CALEB HILL
“You will reap far more than you sow in, just from the rest and rejuvination that will happen in your soul ”
— JEREMY WOLFRAM
“Men carry burdens and questions just beneath the surface. At MANTIME guys come and live and have conversations there beneath the surface”
— JOHN FREEMAN
MANTIME 2019 Discussion Leader - Roger Thompson
He began his career in the surf and skate industry with a small surf clothing company and surf shop in the Ventura harbor. He then became a partner in the world’s largest indoor skate park, Skate Street Ventura. Since then, Roger has designed skate parks, retail stores, youth camps, and entertainment venues throughout the country. He has produced surf and skate movies and has collaborated in the entertainment, fashion, and publishing industries. Roger has also served on numerous nonprofit boards.
When not writing, Roger can be found fly-fishing, building furniture and surfing with his sons near the coastal town of Ventura California where he lives with his wife, two young sons, one Australian Shepherd, and seven productive chickens.
A UNIQUE LOCATION
Unlike similar events that take place in a megachurch or hotel conference center, MANTIME is held on the private 12 acre homestead owned by Chad & Myquillyn Smith. Having moved 14 times in 23 years of marriage Chad & Myquillyn finally realized their dream to move out from the ‘burbs and own property that would be used to welcome folks from all over and encourage them in their life and home.
Their property is in Midland, NC just 40 minutes east of Uptown Charlotte. The property was formerly the Rocky River Sawmill and together they converted an old barn into a picturesque meeting place where the events are held. The entire property is conducive for quiet conversations and long walks. It also has a 1 acre pond and huge fire pit.
A Unique Approach
MANTIME was born out of frustration. Throughout the years of attending multiple men’s retreats and conferences Chad felt these events were not meeting a need so many men desired…a smaller, honest, and more engaging experience. A place where guys could be themselves and have time to rest and slow down without being shuffled from one scheduled thing to another. He desired an environment where men could be encouraged and challenged with grace without being pressured, condemned, or preached at.
Couple that with a rural farm setting that allows the outdoors to be the perfect backdrop to the weekend. It’s a simple idea…show up, meet some new friends, relax, eat well, and be willing to reflect on your life…that’s it! What started as a one-day event eventually evolved into this 3 day event we have every Spring.
At the inaugural MANTIME we were honored to have Dr. John Sowers, author of The Heroic Path and President of The Mentoring Project, as our speaker. Since then, the message of his book has served as a framework for MANTIME’s ideals. Our desire is that men recognize the awesome responsibility and privilege to be Godly men in today’s culture.
The MANTIME Experience
How could we have a guys weekend without a fire? A campfire has this effect of drawing people around it. It’s relaxing and usually incites both light-hearted and deep discussions. Both are welcome and encouraged this weekend!
All men need to be encouraged and challenged. But we also like to chime in with our own perspective and opinion. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in some relative issues about being a man in this culture. Whether it’s light-hearted sharing about hobbies or interests or more reflective sharing the challenges facing men, you’ll feel free to engage as you feel comfortable.
We men work hard…many of us too much. Maybe you need some R&R. Maybe you need to let loose and have some fun. You’ll have a chance to “treat yo’ self”. Chill out in a quiet place, go on a stroll, or participate in some cool activities…it’s your choice.
Since this is not a conference center most guys pitch a tent, others hang an ENO nest, a few take advantage of their truck beds. Whether you want to be under roof or out under the stars the choice is yours. If you’re unable to bring a tent or sleeping bag just let us know ahead of time and we’ll do our best to accommodate. If you prefer something more refined, we can suggest a selection of local hotels at an additional cost.
MANTIME 2019 Schedule
Thursday, April 4
6pm: Welcome & Dinner
7pm: Session 1
9pm: Campfire & Connection
Friday, April 5
9:30a: Session 2
1pm: Free Time
5pm: BBQ Fest
6pm: Beer & Hymns
7pm: Session 3
9pm: Campfire & Connection
Saturday, April 6
9:30a: Session 4
11:30a: Closing remarks
12pm: Pack up & Head out!