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What is a Rite of Passage?

A Rite of Passage is a process or ceremony or weekend or experience (traditionaly an adolescent, but can be any age of male) is invited to go through / attempt / face / embrace.

The Experience is organised / held / facilitated by Older/Elder Men, each of whom will have previously completed the same process. (So they understand what the Adolescent is attempting)

The content of the Rites is not known by the young person beforehand but includes Physical, Emotional, Mental challenges, ceremonies, might be outdoors, might be educational, involve mythology, stories or tales or indeed anything.

The Challenges are such that the Participant male won’t know if they can necessary attempt and/or complete what is being asked of them. They will have to look within themselves to tune into hitherto untapped inner resources. There is some fear in the sense that the particpant won’t know if they can do it until they’ve tried it and managed it.

Fear can also be in facing inner emotional challenges, tuning into their vulnerability and, feelings and realising that not only is it survivable but can be very life enhancing

Rites of Passage: For Young Men

The next Younger Men’s Rites of Passage are  25-29 June 2020 near Hexham in Northumberland

Pondering questions………

Feedback:

“…the elders were so open and vulnerable, that I felt comfortable to do the same. 
It’s crazy to think of how us guys are never able to truly express ourselves and 
the power in having other men to be real and honest with.”

the best thing that I’ve ever done for myself, and I know that this was in no small part down to
the leap of faith that I made in going for it with very limited foreknowledge”

Introductory Evening: A Band of Brothers

Circle Lite:

Thursday 31st October 7pm – 9.30pm Jubilee 77 Hall Sorrel Road, Oxford OX4 6SH

If you are a young men age 18- 25 don’t miss out if you are struggling, need to make a change in your life and you’re ready to make a commitment. – Or know someone who is – this is your chance: JUST SHOW UP to learn more.

If you are a men over the age of 28, whether interested in becoming a mentor, making referrals or supporting through funding – come and find out how you can get involved.

Book Review: The Tracker (by Tom Brown Jr)

Tom Sawyer meets Native American Wisdom

Deeply inspiring auto-biographical book, covering the real life adventures of the author whilst living on the edge of the Pine Barrens wilderness area of New Jersey.

82 year old Lipan Apache “Stalking Wolf”, (who had avoided reservation life, and got his name by stalking and touching a Wolf) had his lifetime prophecy/vision realised when he saw the 8 year old Tom playing by the river in 1958.

A ten year apprenticeship commenced, where Stalking Wolf imparted his 82 years worth of earth and spiritual based wisdom into eager participants Tom and his friend Rick.

Split into 21 easily readable chapters, this shortish book covers concepts like the inter-connectedness of, and value of concentric circles in the forest, how the mice can be great teachers, the mythical “Jersey Devil”, and learning how to change ones relationship to the cold.

Several gripping, page turning chapters include encounters with packs of wild dogs (Tom has to think about dog pack and lead dog psychology and use great ingenuity and physical prowess to get away after 72 hours stuck in a tree) , an encounter with an angry bear, an extermination, a revenge against inconsidered humans, and the life or death tracking of a mentally impaired adult who is lost in the Pine Barrens.

This book is for anyone who wants to reconnect to what we might have lost in our materalistic, scientific, evidence based world. It provides a window into how a continent used to live for tens of thousands of years until recently

I found this book was one that lived contentedly in my dreams. I bought several copies and wanted to give them away and enthusiatically wanted to tell the stories within it (without giving away the endings of course!).

I also felt sadness for what has been lost in terms of my understanding of nature and spirit and my natural environment.

However I think that a master novelist couldn’t match the impact of some of these chapters. I’ve never been much of a reader but perhaps i’ve just been reading the wrong books…….

(this is a copy of a review I wrote on Amazon)

Women/Partners view of: A Band of Brothers on their 10 year Anniversary

A Band of Brothers: (Charity) Video of 10 year Anniversary

Women/Partners speak about witnessing the impact of, and their support of the men who participate in the running of A Band of Brothers. A National Charity providing Rites of Passage, Mentoring, Sitting in Circle for men of all ages. It has now been running for 10 years.

Click Below for a video of their 10 year celebration when they met in the countryside recently. Video is made up of several testimonies from the women who support their partners participation in this charity. The men can’t do this without their partners support

A Band of Brothers 10 year Anniversary YouTube video

A Band of Brothers: (Charity) Video of 10 year Anniversary