I just completed an approval edit for Elizabeth Stahl (yes, Leslie Stahl's cousin), covering what goes on in her Goddess Parties, which are a group encounter for women based on the mythology of the Goddess in actual experience and metaphor.
Taping and editing this event was a strange, almost phantasmagorical experience. As the only man in the room, witness to the very personal and sensitive revelations that were evoked amongst the women participants and facilitated by Elizabeth, I was moved and somewhat abashed. I wanted to be as unobtrusive a videograoher as possible, almost a documentarian blending into the background.
At certain emotional peaks of the event, I left the camera and walked quietly away so the circle of friends could feel unobserved. Editing the video, with its attendant looping and minute examination of the footage, showed me an aspect of these dynamic experiences, and answered questions I have had about the mechanics of bonding, and the differences between men and women.
Elizabeth Stahl, as shown in this brief video, is an expert facilitator of "group experiences for women". and I do not know of any valid analogue for men, although such may exist.
It's powerful stuff that can take on the aspects of entertainment for bridal showers, or a more serious shade of near cathartic group psychotherapy in such cases where the participants are close and seeking a defined resolution.
I certainly learned more than I could have hoped for in an otherwise commercial situation.