Who am i?
As gay men, the shame we experienced growing up has likely shaped the way we now view the world, each other and ourselves. Once we understand WHY we behave a certain way, we can use that knowledge as fuel to instigate positive change, becoming more powerful with the decisions we make, and the actions we take. We take an active role in shaping our own lives, and lead the way forward for others.
Fancy joining our free two hour taster workshop on 1st August? Sign up here
If you're asking yourself...
What’s really motivating me?
Why do I feel this way?
Why does nothing ever feel enough?
Am I being my authentic self?
Do I need to make changes in my life?
How do I move forward?
Who am I?
...this programme is for you.
'Who am i?' is a peer-to-peer learning and personal development programme exploring identity as a gay man. This isn’t a group therapy session. It’s a facilitated space to openly share and learn from each others past experiences. It's an opportunity for you to acquire the necessary tools and understanding for growth, and to develop resilience in the face of adversity.
The programme is carefully designed around tried and tested powerful psychological and holistic techniques. The workshops may vary slightly based on the team who facilitates. We play with different combinations of creative exercises, self-exploration tools and transformational techniques. These are interspersed with expansive teachings and coaching practices. Places are limited to fourteen participants on each retreat.
We're not a rehabilitation or intervention centre. Nor are we providing one-on-one medical or psychological advice. We are certainly not providing a ‘cure’, and this isn't a therapy session. We are however offering a safe space to get curious, open up and discuss with others, aspects of your life you’re finding challenging. This isn’t bootcamp, but it also isn’t going to be easy. To get the most out of it is going to require work, commitment and an open attitude. We won’t be 'telling' you to do anything. We are purely laying out some alternative routes of investigation. The actions you take and the changes you make will be your choice. Naturally it is a completely confidential space, where individuals can openly share their feelings and thoughts with the option of anonymity.
Our trusted team.
We personally design, organise and facilitate each of our retreats and workshops; partnering internationally with leading industry professionals in each sector. You’ll work in close collaboration with each of the team members in respect of their given workshop. They will not be offering any counselling or diagnoses relating to psychological issues that attendees may be experiencing throughout the retreat. In the case of significant distress, additional or subsequent support will be sign-posted or referred as required.
About the organiser.
Michael Edward Stephens
Michael spent over 10 years working in creative leadership positions for some of the world’s most respected British brands within the fashion, travel and retail industries - including i-D Magazine, Vice Media, Liberty London, Ted Baker and Virgin Atlantic. After a series of life changing events, Michael diverted from this career path, becoming a mental health and LGBTQ+ advocate. He now runs Create Space Retreats and Workshops, promoting the importance and value of self-care, specifically within the creative and LGBTQ+ communities.
“I struggled for many years accepting my own sexuality. Since coming out over 10 years ago, I’ve also battled with mental and physical health challenges, and worked through periods of complete exhaustion. I am so thankful that I was eventually able to address these issues, and make some important life changes.”
A bit about Create Space.
We at Create Space organise bespoke retreat and workshop experiences in the UK, Europe and online.
Our unique transformational programmes are designed to inspire, empower, and build a more supportive, creative community. We want our guests to leave excited to continue on their own path of self-discovery, self-care, and with a deeper connection to what’s meaningful to them.