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About MELD

Discover a Community that Gets It

While each man’s story is unique, we share many similar struggles. We want to deepen our connection to our purpose in life, strengthen our bonds and relationships, and increase our ability to be present and aware, especially when faced with adversity. 

Your path has been one of success and challenges, of highs and lows. You’ve navigated the complexities of modern life, balancing professional ambition with personal fulfillment. Maybe there’s a voice within seeking more – more depth, more connection, more authenticity. Maybe there’s a profound amount of pain that pushed you to finally reach out, and brought you here. Men like you, from all walks of life, come to MELD seeking a space where their experiences are not just heard, but deeply understood, valued, and shared.

The journey to effective leadership is both a personal and a collective endeavor. For over 30 years, we’ve developed our approach, crafting a path that combines the wisdom of experience with the clarity of scientific understanding. MELD is not just another leadership program – we’re a movement towards emotional fluency and relational depth.

 

Discover a Community that Gets It

Shared Journeys: Meet men who share your aspirations and understand your struggles. Here, every story matters, and every voice adds to the richness of our community.

Beyond Conventional Paths: You’ve tried the usual routes to personal growth and found them lacking, or the relief temporary. MELD offers something different – a journey framed in science and backed by decades of experiential refinement.

Real Growth, Real Connections: It’s not just about attending sessions or programs; it’s about genuine transformation and building lasting, authentic relationships from having an emotionally safe space to be yourself.

You Are Good Enough: It’s common to feel that while others succeed, the same paths might not unfold for us. At MELD, we understand this doubt. But here, you’re equipped with tools uniquely tailored for your journey and a supportive community to practice alongside. We’re here to affirm that this journey is for you, as much as it is for anyone.

 

Our Vision

We can collectively guide each other to a better life by supporting our instinctual need for safety, connection, and community.

Our Mission -- Community-Powered, Science-Backed Connection

We aim to revolutionize emotional and relational well-being by harnessing five decades of scientific research and innovative therapies. Grounded in our body-based approach, we utilize the power of Somaware™, our proprietary method that integrates emotional physiology to transform the symptoms and the root causes of challenges. We are committed to fostering a community-focused environment where peer-to-peer support plays a pivotal role in learning and growth. We facilitate sustainable transformation, forge authentic connections, inspire a renewed sense of purpose, and empower individuals to make fulfilling contributions. MELD is where science meets the human experience to create lasting change.

FAQ

Who is MELD for?

MELD is a dream that when men are given the tools they never had, an emotionally safe place to practice using those tools, and a community to grow with – we all benefit. 

Anyone who identifies as a man. If you are interested in exploring what is beyond your mind, emotions, and relationships to what’s causing you not to get what you want – MELD is for you.

 

No. Yet men repeatedly tell this work is therapeutic.

 

Our approach is a bottom-up approach where we help you develop skills that transform your stress response into a connection response. We don’t tell you what you should do or who you should be. We help you get connected to resources buried within you.

 

We don’t have programs designed for women; we do coed programs and relationship training using the MELD Method.

 

No. The originator of EVRYMAN, Owen Marcus, developed all the programs and trainings for EVRYMAN is now building MELD to provide an improved set of offerings. For sure, what made EVRYMAN a powerful approach will be integrated into MELD.

 

After developing and leading three cohorts of EVRYMAN’s professional training, we saw what was needed to take it to a new level. Our goal is to give men more than skills they can’t get anywhere else, but also training how to turn those skills into a successful career as other graduates of our previous trainings have done.

 

Yes. We lead programs for NGOs and companies such as Google.

 

The Team

Owen Marcus

I resisted getting into this work. It was only that my pain was greater than the fear that got me to start my first men’s group in 1995 in my clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.

The conventional approach to men’s groups began to feel inadequate for the deep, transformative work I wanted. After completing my straw bale home in the forests of Idaho, I decided to take all I learned and developed in my practice that I knew worked to create a new model. It was a leap of faith, and to my surprise, when I reached out to eleven men to join by the middle of 2005, we had a thriving group.

What began as the Sandpoint Men’s Group (SMG) grew beyond my wildest expectations. Nineteen years later, it boasts over 400 alumni and more than 50 active members. This journey led to the birth of EVRYMAN and now MELD, each step an evolution of my initial vision.

Throughout the years with SMG, EVRYMAN, and now MELD, I’ve encountered challenges that have shaped me in unforeseen ways, fostering immense personal growth. Like many of our men, looking back, I now see the deep satisfaction of what being myself and caring for others can do in aiding other men to transform. I was given a precious gift I love sharing with others. Some part of me continues to be surprised by how other men want to grow and how much fun it can be when we do it together.

Duncan Rich