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The Younger Men's Rites is a life changing experience for men 18 - 28. 
During the 5 days in nature we explore the transition from adolescence to manhood.  
It is a physical, emotional and spiritual challenge. 
It will be hard. It will test you.

But you will also experience a sense of purpose and see how you fit into a larger story.  You will receive tools for your journey as you walk a shared path – one that many have walked before.  This is an utterly grounding experience that will hold you, help you grow and open up new beginnings. 

The Rites is not a teaching retreat - it is a felt and lived experience. It’s more about feeling it in your gut, than understanding it with your head. This is the doorway to the rest of your life. Set in wild land in Northumberland, the Younger Men’s Rites involves living outdoors and participating in a range of practical group activities, solo-time, discussions, journaling and wilderness time.

The Younger Men's Rites is led by a team of experienced elders who have themselves been through the programme. Supporters and Fathers of the men attending are invited to assist the Rites in various ways.


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2020 Rites

The next Younger Men's Rites of Passage are (provisionally) 2 - 6 July 2020 near Hexham in Northumberland.  Visit the FB page to see posts related to the experience of this event https://www.facebook.com/youngmensritesofpassage2014/. If you want to explore whether the Rites is right for you, or a friend/relative, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.  If you refer a chat over the phone, please email your contact details and include times when it is best to catch you.


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“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”


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“…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.”


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