Q. What is Male Journey UK?
It is a charity with no paid employees so is a ‘not for profit’ organisation which is entirely funded by fees paid for events and donations. There is a spiritual basis to the way in which men on this journey work with other men, shoulder to shoulder in change and transformation.
Q. Is this a religious event?
A. No! This event was created by a Christian Franciscan Monk, Richard Rohr over 20 year ago. The basic structure has remained the same but over time it has been modified to try to ensure it is acceptable to men of any faith, religion or none. Over 5000 men worldwide have completed the programme
Q. Most traditional initiations involve some form of physical wounding. Do these?
NO! There is NO physical wounding in the Rites nor are these tests of endurance or stamina.
Q. Where would we sleep?
Men sleep in tents in nature. Participants are told what to bring in good time before the event and what can be provided for those unable to bring their own - like tent.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no upper age limit. We also have a Young Men’s Rites of Passage for those 18-28years which is more physical demanding. However being 28yrs or under does not preclude you being a participant in MRoP if you chose.
Q. How fit do I need to be?
A. Physical wellbeing is needed but this is not principally a physically demanding event. We try to anticipate the elements that might pose a challenge for some and can make individual provision. All participants are advised that they have a responsibility for their own physical wellbeing.
Q. If I submit an application am I guaranteed a place on the event?
No! Every application is assessed by assessors who seek to determine if the timing is right for the man to attend this event. Is our event appropriate for him as we know that it has the power to connect very deeply and start a process of transformation. This is not just another men’s retreat.
Q. How much does it cost?
£450 this year. There is a bursary fund so that men can apply for a bursary if their financial situation makes paying the full amount impossible. Payment can also be made on a monthly basis to spread the period over which payment is made.
Q. What would happen if I struggle during the event?
A. Members of the team are available at all times and can be approached for confidential conversation. They create and hold a container in which you can know you are safe and supported.
Q. Where can I find a man I can talk to to get first hand experience of this event?