For thousands of years caring communities have supported their boys’ journey into manhood with a Rite of Passage or initiation. This event was specifically designed to welcome and challenge the boys into a healthy masculine life which in turn, supported the ongoing health and wellbeing of the community.
These cultures knew how vital it was that their boys grew into healthy men, and is there any doubt that today this need is just as essential? So what does a healthy community-based Rite of Passage look like today?
Traditional rites were performed in a variety of ways to shift the psyche from dependence to service. There were certain aspects that are consistent throughout time and culture. The Mens Wellbeing community have created a contemporary Rite of Passage that preserves the ancient wisdom of these rites AND also reframes them into a context that remains effective today. These rites were owned and run by community, which is precisely the intention of this program.
So what do you do as a man in a culture where healthy community rites of passage were not available for you? You had every right to expect this in your youth; that older men would take you away and induct you into the world of men and how you fit into the world.
This Rite of Passage is for men serious about change. It is not an entry point into ‘men’s work’. It is recommended for men who have completed the Common Ground program and attended an Open Ground gathering.
This Rite of Passage was initially run for a Common Ground group one year after; these men wanted something more, something to deepen their experience of themselves and each other. So from this genesis, the men’s Rite of Passage in the Mens Wellbeing community was born.
I feel as though I did the growth, and I made the changes, and I don't need to look to other people when it is something that I can "nut out" inside myself. Words will never be able to express the gratitude I feel towards you men, especially those men who lead me through the process. ~ Ben, aged 28.
My husband Gordon and I went to visit Ben yesterday and we were thrilled with the change in him, especially his new calm confidence, and his new-found acceptance and appreciation of himself. Thank you once again. ~ Glenys, Auntie of participant.
My experience of life is deeper and richer, and I have more of myself to offer. The ROP introduced a solidity to my life that is enabling me more and more to move from struggle towards an experience of life as inspirational challenge. It has not been a quick fix but rather a powerful step towards increased consciousness, effectiveness and love - not as effort but as something that rises up from deep within me to meet life square on and look it in the eye. A gift to myself and to everyone I interact with. ~ Nigel, participant.
Men who have completed Rite of Passage will have the opportunity to return and assist the running of these events in the future
Program Format: 2 Nights x 3 hours, then a Weekend Gathering then a 1 x 3 hour Completion meeting.
Maximum 13 participants (some places for financially disadvantaged men are available).