First Rites of Passage is for middle-school age boys and their father or male elder, introducing them to Illuman’s Rites of Passage. The general assumption underlying all initiatory rites is that unless a young male is shown real power through a community of wise elders, he will always seek false power and likely will spend much of his life seeking prestige, perks and possessions. First Rites of Passage offers a potentially life-transforming alternative.
This weekend experience will include bonfires, storytelling, Native American legends and lore, rituals, and time apart in rugged Missouri wilderness at Shannondale deep in the Ozarks and other locations. Among these will be a separation ritual where the boys will head off to “Troublesome Hollow” for contemplation and a project, leaving the dads to share and grow among themselves.