Monty is an incredibly cheery, effervescent dude…I could not envisage a better person to teach this course (How to Enjoy Life). This man is blissfully, deliriously happy, anyone can see that. I’m not convinced that he doesn’t have the secret.
I sent away a confident, energetic 15 year old to one of Monty’s camps with his father and what I got back was a Young Man that was so comfortable in his own skin and in himself that I could feel it radiating off him. He held his space with a confidence that I had never seen before. A confidence that spoke to me and said “I’m ok Mum everything is as it should be, please stop worrying about the future and what it will bring”.
I also witnessed was that same confidence in the Father of my 15 year old. There was a sense of grounding in their relationship that was beautiful to see and has continued in our lives after the camp.
I’m so grateful that this opportunity came in to our lives and s privileged to have Monty in our own back yard.
I have been privileged to be able to work with and learn from Monty as one of his students in a tertiary education context, and in a professional capacity as a classroom teacher.
Monty is truly an inspiring educator. He continually challenged my thinking about the purpose of education, asking questions that forced me to think critically and consider multiple perspectives on seemingly simple concepts. Monty’s ability to meld educational theory, personal experience and the realities of education, all the while delivering university content in engaging ways, was refreshing.
In a professional capacity, his willingness to share knowledge and resources was always much appreciated. He had genuine, heartfelt concern for the students we worked with. Working together has reinforced to me the importance of supporting young peoples’ socio-emotional development, as not just an important stepping-stone for success at school, but happiness in life. I always looked forward to our weekly informal, yet often profound, conversations. Monty is a man who truly leaves a mark.”
Sadly, when I think back about my own path, it was littered with bad choices. There was no healthy rite of passage; no guidance on how to understand and manage the many emotions and drives; the pending, daunting responsibility of becoming an adult and what it means; the situational depression that can occur.
Monty’s camp was a fantastic experience. If you have a teenage son and would like to make an investment in his future, get in contact with Monty and go on one of his camps!.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to join you in what has been a profound and inspiring experience. This was truly an awesome opportunity for me and my son to spend quality time together.
Your inspirational leadership to guide the young men of our community with kindness and generosity of spirit is something that is rare and extraordinary. You and the facilitators led from the front and taught by example. As a person that learns kinaesthetically I found this particularly refreshing, and I feel this is an extremely effective way of teaching – especially males. Your rite of passage program was inclusive, interactive and overall amazingly positive. I left the camp with an overwhelming new insight on my own masculinity and purpose and I feel more confident and equipped to guide my young man and support other men to get where they need to go.
I just wanted to take a moment to properly thank you! You truly have been an amazing teacher and I appreciate everything you brought to my Friday morning lecture. You have an outstanding personality and light up the entire room with your kindness and humour. Originally my degree was in social justice, but after having two lectures with you I have switched to Anthropology and I am so excited for what the future will bring. Anthropology is absolutely mind blowing and I am so so happy that I have been able to discover it with the help of the amazing teachers like you!
Thank you for being such a passionate lecturer. Your enthusiasm is infectious! Personally I think this subject made me smarter because for the past 13 weeks I have had to use my brain in a way it has never been used before. I think it made me a better person by taking me completely out of my comfort zone.
Monty worked extensively with the students of our school. He was able to implement a range of progressive programs grounded in research and current notions of best practice. Monty’s programs focused on the social and emotional skills children need to navigate today’s modern world, and did so through a variety of novel avenues such as music, games, physical challenges and more.
Monty has a unique talent for engaging students of all ages. His music workshops brought even the most shy child to their feet, participating in dancing, singing and drum circles. His work with the year 5 and 6 boys focused on creative problem-solving and teamwork and incorporated a martial arts philosophy. He helped them to make positive decisions and stay calm when there is chaos around. Monty was wonderful with the community, the students and the staff. He took the time to listen and adapt to what the school required and offered suggestions that were timely and focused on sustained student support. Put simply he is a man of many talents, and his programs were highly valued by the school community..Kiama Public School
Every young man should get the opportunity to experience one of these camps. This was one of the most profound things I have done and cannot recommend it enough. The experience was pivotal for both the boys and the men in the group.
Monty’s ability to communicate and have fun is infectious. Along with his team, he provided an unparalleled experience for all involved, it was sometimes confronting but always fun. Monty’s approach to communication and never ending ‘element of surprise’ is outstanding. Camping, eating, laughing…and no technology! We all had a blast, made some new friends and walked away with a far better relationship with the boys that we took.
We had such a fantastic day and the ceremony was perfect. We’d like to thank you, Monty, as you set a lovely tone for the day, making everything relaxed, intimate and fun which was exactly what we wanted form the day. I can’t tell you how many people commented on how much they enjoyed your service, commenting that you seemed to know us both really well and had a lovely sense of humour which translated in to a beautiful ceremony. Many thanksKatie & Dean
Monty’s passion is to help young men and their fathers gain skills, tools and experiences to become motivated, responsible and resilient young men with healthy support networks.
The challenges faced by adolescent men in contemporary society are seldom spoken of. Through Habitus, Monty provides a safe space where fathers and sons have the opportunity to bond through activities and story-telling. Monty’s camps build stronger relationships between fathers and sons, and develops more confident communication and social skills.
Do yourselves a favour and get involved!
Mesmerising. He brought together so many concepts and theories together in such a succinct and eloquent manner. He was effervescent, warm, quirky and encouraged and supported us to participate in a really fun and engaging way. It was entertaining, and above all very educational and informative.