The Velvet Rage Weekend Exploration
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The Velvet Rage

Weekend Exploration

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Weekend Workshop for Gay Men

Following the highly successful 'Journeying with The Velvet Rage' workshop series, there is another chance to experience the power and wisdom of the book in this interactive weekend workshop.

From the book

"The gay male world today is characterised by seductive beauty, artful creativity, flamboyant sexuality, and, encouragingly, unprecedented acceptability in society. Yet despite the progress of the recent past, gay men still find themselves asking, "Are we really better off?" The inevitable by product of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, a shame gay men may strive to obscure with a facade of beauty, creativity, or material success.

Drawing on contemporary psychological research, the author's own journey to be free of anger and of shame, as well as the stories of many of his friends and clients, The Velvet Rage outlines the three distinct stages to emotional well-being for gay men.

Offering profoundly beneficial strategies to stop the insidious cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behaviour, The Velvet Rage is an empowering book that will influence the public discourse on gay culture, and positively change the lives of gay men who read it."



Friday 14th October
(7pm – 9.30pm)

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd October (10am – 5.30pm)

Please note: Participants need to be able to attend all sessions

Workshop registration

£145 (waged) £95 (unwaged)


Angel Wharf,
51 Eagle Wharf Road,
Islington, N1 7ER
(Old Street Tube)

To reserve your place or for further information

contact Ade -
(07930 186409)

The workshop

Ade Adeniji & Darren Brady return with a weekend workshop for gay men based on 'The Velvet Rage - overcoming the pain of growing up Gay in a Straight man's world'. The workshop processes will include discussions in small and large group, dialogue, reading and self- reflection.

By attending this interactive and engaging workshop, participants will:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how their upbringing has impacted their emotional development
  • Develop an increased awareness of their behaviour and emotions
  • Be engaged in a healing process
  • Identify tools to improve their sense of self and their relationships
  • Gain clarity on next steps for themselves, their relationships, and the world they live in
  • Experience the support and intimacy of a group of gay men
  • Create a positive and supportive new network
  • Gain a greater sense of living as a gay man in 2011 and beyond

Ade Adeniji

Ade Adeniji is a Coach, Facilitator, and Organisational Consultant.

Before establishing his Coaching and Consultancy practice in 2010, Ade worked in human resources for a variety of public and private sector organisations, which included Guardian News and Media, ITV, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Cabinet Office.

Ade believes in taking a holistic approach to his work, in practical terms this involves inviting individuals, teams, and organisations to tell their stories with a focus on shifting any limiting perceptions, generating endless possibilities, and truly realizing their potential.

Ade is a graduate of the Hoffman Process and an ordained Interfaith Minister & Spiritual Counsellor. In his spare time, he can be found immersed in the art of improvisation and storytelling.

Darren Brady

Darren Brady is a Coach, Facilitator and Creative Producer.

Darren has created projects, taught, mentored and coached teams throughout his life. Prior to his work within the world of personal development, Darren created the innovative property service Outlet, pioneering video project Pout, taught as both teacher and workshop facilitator as well as writing, performing and directing.

In 2008, he created his coaching and leadership consultancy working alongside organisations such as Living Well, Radar, EJAF, Broadlands Consulting, as well as with his private clients.

Darren believes that fun, rigour, and authenticity are essential components of personal development. In his spare time, Darren practices Reiki, meditation, and recently passed his driving test.

Feedback from past workshops

Some feedback from those who attended the "Journeying with The Velvet Rage' series:

"Brought up stuff that has been hidden or buried"

– David

"Helped to deal with past issues"

- Giampiero

"Getting to know gay men at a deeper level"

– Ben

"A journey examining areas I didn't pay attention to"

- Roger

"For anyone interested in listening to others and re-examining their lives"

– Adam

"Emotional, empowering, delightful, cathartic, invaluable"

- Geoff

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