Rites of Passage

Join us for our next Wilderness SOLO:

April 19th-21st (April 18th - 21st for mentors) at 6666 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC 28740

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SOLO Youth Registration 2024 (#14)

Spring SOLO April 19th - April 21st Youth Registration

Participant Arrival: Friday April 19th 12:00pm

Closing Ceremony: Sunday, April 21st, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Location: 6666 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC 28740


Participant Information

Parent's Information

Confidential Medical Questionnaire

If you become ill or injured during ROPAW you authorize us to share this information with medical personnel. Otherwise, all information will be kept strictly confidential.


Consent Disclaimer

I consent that Journeymen may photograph and videotape parts of the upcoming weekend in order to promote future Journeymen events. By signing and returning this form I give my or my participants' consent to Journeymen (this is a voluntary request).

• I agree that participants may be interviewed, recorded and photographed by Journeymen or any person Journeymen mandates to that effect.

• I accept that Journeymen may or may not use participants name, image and likeness in any verbal presentation, conference, interview and written publication.

• I recognize that Journeymen shall have the exclusive rights to the materials indicated above, including copyrights and proprietary rights, and I assign to Journeymen any right in relation to the materials.

• Journeymen may not assign or transfer, in whole or in part, the rights granted by the present contract.


Release & Acknowledgement of Risks


Payment

Participation Fee: The $350 participant fee covers lodging and food Friday - Sunday as well as supplies and some administration fees. Our weekends are driven by many volunteer hours. We do not want finances to be a barrier for you and will work with you to make this weekend accessible. Additionally, we ask those who can to pay it forward to help cover the costs of folks who may otherwise not be able to afford the full tuition.

Note: You will be directed to pay via PayPal when you click "Register and Pay" below.


SOLO Staff Application 2024 (#15)

Spring SOLO April 18th - April 21st Staff Registration

Staff arrival: Thursday April 18th 3:00pm

Closing Ceremony: Sunday, April 21st, 2023, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Location: 6666 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC, 28740

Personal Information

My Commitment

Confidential Medical Questionnaire

If you become ill or injured during ROPAW you authorize us to share this information with medical personnel. Otherwise, all information will be kept strictly confidential.

Staffing Fees

We do not want finances to be a barrier for you to attend the ROPAW. Please reach out if you cannot pay the staff fee and we will explore other options.  This fee simply goes towards covering our basic costs around food and space rental.

Price: $250.00

To  return forms and pay by mail, please make checks payable to “Journeymen” and send via email or US mail to the address indicated below.

Attn: Skylar Wilson
Mail: PO Box 7125, Asheville, NC, 28802
Email:  journeymenasheville@gmail.com

 

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Release & Acknowledgement of Risks

The need is great

In today’s culture, intentional rites of passage for youth entering adulthood have mostly been lost or at least diminished in importance. Many of our teenage boys initiate themselves in ways that are unhealthy for their development, such as their first experiences with drugs, alcohol or sex. Some positive forms of rites of passage would be learning to drive, their first job, or graduating high school.

Rites of passage

Intentional rites of passage have played an important role in many cultures for thousands of years, as experiences that challenge boys in a safe way to consciously explore the men they wish to be adds a powerful dimension to their development into manhood.

A primary function of any rite of passage is to allow children to consciously choose a new adult identity. Adults help to facilitate this process and help them gain the skills and understandings they will need to fulfill their potential as members of the community.

The isolation in a primitive setting removes participants from the routines and patterns of their lives so that they can “re-create” themselves. They are given the opportunity to let go of old patterns that might no longer serve them.

Our Approach

Our weekend incorporates physical, mental, and emotional tests. These tests can help a boy discover inner resources that he may not have been previously aware of, thus helping him gain new self-respect and confidence. In our weekend events, the tests are challenging, but do not involve winning and losing, which we believe creates the potential for shame. Each boy has the opportunity to test himself in ways that build self-esteem and facilitate growth.

The specific processes facilitated at the rite of passage event are not publicly disclosed, so that, younger members of the community do not receive the adult information before they are ready, as the rite is considered sacred and personal and should not be treated casually. Also, it relies on a degree of theater, surprise, and spontaneous response that would be lost if participants knew in advance what was going to happen. (We can share all information with the parents or guardians, asking that this information be kept in confidence).

Following our rite of passage adventure weekends the boys and young men who participated are honored for their accomplishments with a welcoming home ceremony and potluck feast.

We conduct two Rite of Passage Adventure Weekends per year—one in the spring and one in the fall.

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