A Day of Depth and Contemplation

with Eric Diamond, PhD, and Cliff Lyda

Dates TBA! | Limited to Men 59 and Up

About the Leaders

Eric Diamond, Ph.D. – Eric is a psychotherapist with 30 years experience; graduate of the Bioenergetics Training Program; Training Leader in Bioenergetic Therapy; Founder and Director of the Gainesville Men’s Center; and co-leader of the Exploring the Masculine Men’s Retreats.  Eric is also a husband, father, musician, and creator of “evocative, complex, and amusing” poetry which was recently published in a collection entitled Strange Frontier. Eric has experienced, studied, and taught Bioenergetics with Bob Glazer and the superb faculty of the FSBA for decades. His encounter with the Men’s Movement was through the Gainesville Mens’ Council in the 1980’s. He began his Monday Night Men’s group 22 years ago in addition to attending many life-changing men’s gatherings with such leaders as Robert Bly, John Lee, Robert Moore. Eric is an initiate and an active member of the Mankind Project. With two co-leaders, he developed the Exploring the Masculine Men’s Retreats which combines story, ritual, drumming, intensive therapeutic work while forming a community of brothers.

Cliff Lyda – Cliff is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA living in Gainesville, FL. In 2016 he retired after thirty-four years of pastoral service to devote himself to greater understanding and experience of spirituality for men across the age spectrum, especially older men facing the adjustments of retirement. He has a passion for helping men grow in their understanding of themselves and the meaning of their lives, particularly at the point of integrating experiences of success and failure, loss and grief, the evaluation of one’s life path, and the unfolding and embracing of new challenges and opportunities. While he has operated within the Christian tradition he incorporates the insights of other faith traditions as well as those which do not affirm any religious faith. Men of every background and perspective can support and uphold one another in making our lives meaningful and whole.

About the Workshop

We will gather for a day of truth telling, brotherhood, story, ritual, enjoyment of Life, drumming, and support, around finding meaning and sanity in the Sage and Elder stage of Life.

This workshop will offer…

Sharing of wisdom and experience
Diving deep into the mystery of acceptance and activitism
Shared search for meaning

…in a place of brotherhood, acceptance and safety.

Workshop Schedule




     Saturday, December 8th: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Fees, Registration, Travel

How to Register: We invite you to register for this workshop. By clicking HERE we can accept your registration and payment online. If you would like to pay by check or make other arrangements for payments, please fill out the Contact Form at the bottom of this page, or email to get in touch with us.

Fees: The sliding scale “early bird”  fee for this workshop ranges between $150-200 per person if registration is received before October 20, 2018.  After October 20, 2018, a sliding scale fee is still available, but the range will be from $170- $200 per person. Each participant can decide their payment amount that works within their budget within the fee ranges described above. Scholarships are available.

Travel: The closest airports are Jacksonville International (JAX) in Florida, which is an hour and 20 minutes away by car, and the Gainesville Regional (GNV) which is a 20 min. drive. International trainees frequently use the Orlando, Tampa and Miami airports.

Workshop Location: The workshop will take place in a peaceful cottage in Alachua, Florida embedded in 20 acres of oak forest. Located on the oldest federal road in Florida, the site is surrounded by beautiful oak trees and exquisite nature. The address is 19810 Old Bellamy Road in Alachua, Fl.

CE Credits: The Florida Society for Bioenegetics offers 12 State of Florida CE credits to Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Our CEUs are also accepted for State of Florida Psychologist and by the Board for many other helping professions. MH 0000839.

Contact Form For Questions About FSBA Events is at the bottom of the page.

We work hard to address all questions as soon as possible!

Address and Contact Information
The Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis
19802 Old Bellamy Road
Alachua, Florida 32615
386-462-5155 (United States) –

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