Reflections on the Ukilái Annual Gathering of Men in Scotland (2018)
In view of Schiehallion, a grand mountain in central Scotland that was referred to a couple of times as the “center of everything” for the area, I gathered as part of a group of ten seeking to calibrate our positions as men in our families and communities at Ukilái. With guidance from head chef David Wiley, a stew was prepared from cuts of fine men and spiced with stories, laughter, pain and sweat, then cooked by Fire.
Transformed, we returned a little more tender, palatable, more able to feed the world with our gifts. For me, this time, it wasn’t so much about being a man, but about being more human.
— Brian Collins
Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA
May 8, 2018