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Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:53

The Male Journey affirms and supports men seeking a life-long journey of spiritual consciousness in order to transform themselves, and through these journeys, their relationships, families, workplaces, communities and our environment.

Our programmes, events and resources provide men with opportunities to do their 'inner work' in the company of other men. We use ritual, teaching and ways of communicating to create safe environments where men can explore and discover their deeper selves and the true purpose of their lives. We provide spaces where:

  • men can be vulnerable without being judged or shamed
  • men can share their emotions openly
  • men can let go of those patterns and beliefs that no longer serve them
  • men can rediscover and reconnect with the power of nature, mystery and the universe 
  • men can establish true relationships with authenticity and integrity

We seek to engender a generation of men who will be leaders and elders in their diverse roles as sons, partners, fathers, grandfathers, colleagues, stewards and servers.  To borrow the visionary statement of our US Brothers at Illuman:

  • We are men transforming men through a power greater than ourselves
  • We are seeking a life changing spirituality
  • Our primary concern is inner work that makes a difference in the world
  • We are fed by the wisdom traditions of forgiveness and radical inclusivity
  • Our work recovers traditional patterns of male initiation, affirms a masculine path to healing, reveals the true and false self and honors the path of descent
  • We do this through the power of ritual, image, story and council.

We welcome all men without regard to your age, ethnicity, background, sexual orientation, status, or creed. We aim to be inclusive. We support men of all faiths, and none.

The roots of our approach lie in the Judeo-Christian traditions, and draw upon the perennial wisdom teachings of many spiritual traditions from the ancient, eastern and western worlds.

We are a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. We are applying for charitable status.

The background to our approach

Male spirituality has an ancient lineage. Throughout history, communities around the world have devised ceremonies and rituals to honour the transition from boyhood to manhood. The purpose of most of these rituals was to help young men 'die' to their younger sense of self, and 'find' the mature, deeply rooted and integrous sense of their true manhood. In today's cultures we have lost almost all these rituals; instead we are increasingly addicted to consumption, acquisition, status, and material success as badges of our worth. We are in danger of losing sight of the deeper purposes of our lives, of our connections with the natural world and with mystery, and of our place in the universe.

During the 1990s, this work of male initiation was reinvigorated by Richard Rohr at the Centre for Action and Contemplation in Alberqueque, New Mexico, and through Richard's extensive writing and publishing; this became the MALESs - Men as Leaders and Elders - programme. More recently, Illuman, a not-for-profit organisation has been established in the US to take forward this important work. Here in Britain, The Male Journey is the network of men that promotes this work, organises events, and coordinates other activities and resources. Males Ireland is our brother network in Ireland.

Our events

The primary event that we offer each year is the Men's Rites of Passage - a powerful, experiential programme of male initiation and self-discovery.

The Male Journey helps men to experience their male spirtuality through a number local groups throughout the country. We aim to deliver the Men's Rites of Passage every year, and to walk alongside initiated men as they continue their Journey of Illumination.

The Rites of Passage (MROP) 2015

The MROP 2015 will be taking place in Perth, Scotland from 8-12 July. Click here to find out more.  If you want to tell someone about the Rites then give them the easy-to-remember web address www.mrop.org.uk which will take them to the correct page on this website.

Local Groups

Meeting in local groups and sitting in a circle of men as brothers is a key part of menswork. Groups meet at many locations around the UK. Most meet monthly on a weekday evening and often use some form of sharing circle as the main way of being. Most groups welcome men exploring their spirituality for the first time. 

The Journey of Illumination

The Journey of Illumination (JoI) is there to support and gently challenge Initiated Men to take their journey further. Often, after the Rites there is a feeling that a man wants to put this experience into action, or needs some support. The JoI is a program of mentoring and accompaniment in our continuing journey, together with support resources and other events.