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Rites of Passage

 

A Rite of Passage is a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially birth, the transition from childhood to adulthood, marriage, and death.

In our modern society, for so many men, there is an extension of adolescence, with boyhood stretching well into manhood. Many modern males are still exhibiting boyish behaviours well into their 40's and beyond.

This is not the fault of the modern male. Many males never had the benefit of positive male role models, and almost all did not go through a Rite of Passage to mark the transition into manhood. There has been insufficient teaching about his powers and responsibilities. Communities of males are required to initiate boys into manhood, and today's society is lacking in this regard.

What can we do about it?

I strongly advise all fathers (as well as non fathers) to consider attending programs run by Men's Wellbeing, or joining a men's group such as Common Ground.

However, for younger men, a Rites of Passage program can be a great entry into Men's Work.

There are a variety of Rites of Passage programs available. I recommend Journey to Manhood for boys age 13-16 years old.

For young men aged 17-20 years old I have created a program called Walk Rite.

This is currently self funded and so spaces are limited to 1-3 young men each year.

Walk Rite is a 3 day hike through the wilderness during which Men's Work is introduced to the young men. A variety of challenges are presented during the hike, resulting in greater self awareness and presence. The outcome is usually an awareness of one's responsibilities as a man, and an ability to communicate more effectively, with authenticity.

For more information regarding Walk Rite please email Dr Dan directly at Contact Us