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Open Deep And True- The Basic Course -- A four month training program for men, facilitated by former Marine Officer and Men's Coach Tom Kelley, offered in April 2014 Aims to Have Every Man be a MENtor to Other Men

"The world needs good men to become even better, and to be better, men need to consistently practice authenticity and presence," says Men's Coach Tom Kelley.

"Imagine a world where every man had the training and presence to be a mentor to other men. How different would the world be?"

Formerly a Marine officer and then in corporate sales, Mr. Kelley is determined to make this happen.

His cutting edge training includes a unique and diverse cross section of disciplines. Between 2002 and 2009 he undertook a series of trainings with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and healing arts pioneer Tom Monte. In 2010 he became seriously ill with aplastic anemia, a potentially fatal blood disease, and spent a month in isolation at Sloan Kettering hospital before receiving a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. "That experience of facing my own mortality brought home the knowledge that life is short and there’s no time to waste," he said. This led to the founding of

He has facilitated men's groups in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut (even inside Sing Sing Prison) for four years, creating the space for men to talk openly about their experiences and struggles with work, family, and relationships--as well as to celebrate their successes. But primarily his trainings are about giving men increased power and leadership in their lives. "OpenDeepandTrue training moves men boldly passed the guarded, surface, and superficial existence many men get mired in."

But it's not about being a "sensitive New Age guy." To Mr. Kelley's eye, stepping into the "new manhood" also involves learning the confidence and emotional self-mastery to be clearer, more powerful, and more intentional in personal relationships as well as in business.

His program, "Open, Deep and True- The Basic Course", is a four-month tele-class that will begin in April. With space for 10 men, it will deliver content and tools via e-mail and biweekly training calls, and Mr. Kelley will host monthly group coaching sessions by phone. The curriculum draws on eclectic sources, including meditation, positive psychology, awareness practices, Compassionate Integration Counseling and nutrition guidance, and Mr. Kelley aims to create a program that's highly accessible to newcomers to these topics. The program includes an exploration into the teachings of Joseph Campbell, David Deida, Robert Bly and others, as well as Samurai and Shamanic practices.

"The world needs good men to become even better, and to be better, men need to consistently practice authenticity and presence" he says. Mr. Kelley's program offers a practical and hands-on exploration of what's possible within the new manhood. "Men are entering their 30's and 40's and sensing there is something missing in their lives, a spark a purpose." Mr. Kelley's program guides men to find it. And then pass it on to other men.

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