MROP | Pilgrim Park IL 2018
Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 4:00 pm

The retreat is a five-day / four night, deeply prayerful and soulful experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through simple and moving rituals and teaching. Each day includes participating in group prayer, major teachings on central masculine spirituality themes, quiet time for reflection, and sharing in the context of a “home group.”

In the words of the program’s founder, Fr. Richard Rohr:

“Men are asked to come with a willingness to participate from beginning to end and not as an observer. All participants begin at point zero with no agendas to live up to or down to. All that is required is for a man to come with a ‘beginner’s mind’ and the readiness of a young novice seeking wisdom.
Ultimately, initiation, like life itself, is not a “spectator’s sport.”

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Journey Toward Wholeness
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm

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Sponsored by Indiana-Michigan MALEs

Details and registration info coming soon!

Youth Drum Making Rite of Passage
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm

Sponsored by Indiana-Michigan MALEs


Witnessing the dysfunction in society, especially in our politics, maybe it is time to once again return to this wisdom practice for the benefit of our sons, as well as for the benefit of society and the world.

Here is an opportunity to draw closer to your son and also gift him with a safe – while yet edgy – initiation experience.

// Come participate in meaningful rituals, experience time in nature and spend quality time with your son.  Come build something together. //

Gift him with this drum-build experience.  Leaders of this Youth Rites of Passage are committed to passing on this ancient wisdom practice.  They will teach you individual components of the drum can be intentional metaphors that represent our life experiences.  The wood strips and goat skin are powerful signposts for our psyches to help us realize that discomfort and suffering often accompany new growth and allow for healthy transition in life.

Each part of the drum is a potential metaphor for events and parts of our life. We say potential because there is no connection without our looking for it. Once we reflect on possible connections, our eyes and hearts are opened and the metaphors come to life and speak truth to our souls. The individual components, each wood slat, the cardboard tube, the glue, the staples and the drum skin are all teachers connecting us to the outer world and to potentiality for relationship.  It is our hope that this rite of passage will be one of those safe containers where a youth can approach a passage way to liminal space where he can sense a healthy vision of his maleness and future manhood. And invite him and his dad or mentor to continue the journey together and individually.

Additional Information:

This rite of passage focuses on young males who are at thebeginning of their pubescent experience. Their bodies are alerting them to the approach of something new anddifferent about themselves.  Theiridealism and energy open them to challenges that they may sense are importantand meaningful; even if they do not yet have enough life experience to reap thechallenges fullest meaning for themselves.  This is where the dads’ or mentor’s presence at the ritesand in the boy’s future is important for him to perhaps have a greaterunderstanding of what his journey to manhood means.  It is our hope that this rite of passage will be one ofthose safe containers where a youth can approach a passage way to liminal spacewhere he can sense a healthy vision of his maleness and future manhood.  And invite him and his dad or mentor tocontinue the journey together and individually. 

For more info, a FAQ,  pre-rites guide andn downloadable brochures. posters and invites to share online or by mail, visit

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