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 risky behaviors.

Intentional rites of passage have played an important role in cultures for thousands of years, as experiences that challenge boys in a safe way to consciously explore the men they wish to become.  It is an opportunity to let go of old patterns that no longer serve them.

Our weekend incorporates physical, mental, and emotional tests (in a shame-free environment). 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. 

Boys will arrive onsite on October 14th at 3:00 pm.  If you have a young man who you would like to sign up, please first reach out to Brant Evans at Journeymenasheville@gmail.com.  Tuition is $500, with some scholarship assistance available based on need.

Additionally, this work only happens if healthy male mentors step up!  If you are a man looking to make an impact, please consider joining us in a staff role.

Men will arrive on-site on Thursday, October 13th, at 3:00 to begin preparations for the weekend.  

We ask that staff contribute a $130 staffing fee to offset basic food and housing costs. However, if the cost is a significant deterrent, please reach out on an individual basis and we will find a way to work with you.  

Our weekend will be held at Camp Talisman in beautiful Zirconia, NC.  

Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend October 13-16 Registration

Staff men arrival: Thursday October 13 4:00pm

Participant & parent arrival: Friday October 14 4:00pm

Departure: Sunday, May 16, 2022, 3:00pm

Location: Camp Talisman - Zirconia, North Carolina


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 $500 participant fee covers lodging and food Thursday - 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.


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.

$130.00

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: Tommy LeGrand
Mail: PO Box 7125, Asheville, NC, 28802
Email:  TommyJourneymenAsheville@gmail.com

 

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Release & Acknowledgement of Risks

Journeymen offers partial or full scholarships to Participant families and legal guardians who are in financial need. Our staff will evaluate each application and you will be promptly notified if you qualify. Each scholarship recipient will be asked to agree to a content disclaimer.

Greetings Journeymen Family, 

On Sunday, August 7th, from 5:00-8:00, Journeymen will host our first annual Summer Celebration -- A look back at an amazing year. 

Our hope is that we can bring our community together to honor the growth and progress of our boys, and remind ourselves about the importance of this work. 

Food will be provided (along with beer/wine for those 21+), and there will be a silent auction and some other activities. All funds raised go back towards Journeymen programming! 

Boys are invited to dress up for the event if they would like – this will be a bit more upscale than our typical group meetings.

Tickets for the event, which cover food and drinks, are priced at only $30 (with discounts for active mentors and no cost for our boys/families). 

We hope to see you there!

(Here's a teaser of some items that will be available via silent auction:)

Inner Work for Outer Impact

Join us May 12 - May 15 for a men’s leadership development, skill-building, community-centered weekend at Camp Arrowhead in Zirconia, NC.

  • How does exploring our inner world allow us to better connect to another’s experience?
  • What does it mean to be an effective mentor?  
  • What skills must we nurture in order to show up in a powerful way as a leader and community member?  

These are not rhetorical questions.  The mythologist Michael Meade claims that mentoring is an archetypal activity; that is, we all hold within us a blueprint for contributing to others’ growth.  It is up to us to unlock this potential.

Join us as we search for the mentoring “genius within”, with assistance from the archetypal framework laid out by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette.

Participants will leave this weekend with 

  • A deeper understanding of their unique mentoring gifts,
  • Specific tools for mentoring drawn from Journeymen's work, executive coaching models, and applied psychology,
  • Awareness of avoidance patterns that sabotage one’s ability to hold leadership,
  • A sense of connection to a healthy community of men,
  • A clear sense of the inner, possible untapped resources of archetypal wisdom,
  • And a more clear sense of their capability and responsibility to make a difference in the next generation of young men.  

Each day we will use myth and experiential activity to dive into a specific male archetype (King, Warrior, Magician, Lover), examining our relationships to this inner character and the promise that each carries. Along with the study of archetypes, we will work through specific skills that can set us apart as excellent leaders & mentors:

Warrior - Balancing appropriate structure: How do we balance boundaries with freedom?

Lover - Recognizing positive intent: How do we see the deeper intentions behind behavior?

Magician - Asking engaging questions: How do we ask questions that summon up problem solving skills and curiosity?

King - Blessing others: How do we affirm the talents of others in a way that promotes autonomy and self-esteem (rather than codependency)?

The event will run from 3:30 pm on May 12th through 2:00 pm May 15th.  Tuition for participants is $400 which includes food and modest lodging, with a sliding scale available as needed.

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