Male spirituality has an ancient lineage. Throughout history, communities around the world have devised ceremonies and rituals to honour the transition from boyhood to manhood. The purpose of most of these rituals was to help young men 'die' to their younger sense of self, and 'find' the mature, deeply rooted and integrous sense of their true manhood. In today's cultures we have lost almost all these rituals; instead we are increasingly addicted to consumption, acquisition, status, and material success as badges of our worth. We are in danger of losing sight of the deeper purposes of our lives, of our connections with the natural world and with mystery, and of our place in the universe.
The roots of our approach lie in the Judeo-Christian traditions, and draw upon the perennial wisdom teachings of many spiritual traditions from the ancient, eastern and western worlds. During the 1990s, this work of male initiation was reinvigorated by Richard Rohr at the Centre for Action and Contemplation in Alberqueque, New Mexico, and through Richard's extensive writing and publishing; this became the MALESs - Men as Leaders and Elders - programme. More recently, Illuman, a not-for-profit organisation has been established in the US to take forward this important work. Here in Britain, The Male Journey is the network of men that promotes this work, organises events, and coordinates other activities and resources. Male Journey Ireland is our brother network in Ireland.
We welcome enquiries from people interested in the work of The Male Journey, in our forthcoming events, and in developing consciousness around male spirituality. We are a registered company limited by guarantee (07968390) and a charity in England and Wales (1163767). Our legal address is The Male Journey Limited, 8 Rennison Drive, Wombourne, WOLVERHAMPTON, WV5 9HN.
As a charitable organisation, we welcome donations from those who support our aims and ethos. Please click How to Donate.
The names below show who is currently serving The Male Journey in various roles. We refer to these men as 'stokers'. You may already have the contact details of a particular man. If not, please send us your message using our contact form.
Distributed leadership team 2017:
UK convenor : Chris O'Donnell
Website stoker : David Anson
Introductory events stoker: Stephen Ashton
MROP 2018 : Brian McMullen (convenor), with team including UK and Irish elders
YMROP 2019: Peter Fishpool
Journey of Illumination stoker : Jonny Grant
Mentors : 15 volunteer mentors; further information available here
International stoker : Robin Anker-Petersen
Way of Council stoker: Dave Bingham
Local men's groups: Stokers and convenors for the network of local groups available here
Local groups stokers (each supporting a geographic area) : Coordinator - TBC, Steve Locke, Michael Power, Ben Burns, Harry Kingham
Marketing team: Robert Davison, Simon Bubb, Simon Ray, Stephen Ashton
Fathers and Sons initiative : Pete Andrews and Graham Champken with support from other men
Greenbelt initiative : Harry Kingham, Andrew Clark and Lionel Cox
Company Directors and Charity Trustees:
David Townsend, Mark Thornthwaite (treasurer), Kevin McNally (chair), Martin Honeywell, Chris O'Donnell, David Judge, Peter Bruckenwell.
Company Secretary: Mark Thornthwaite
Board compliance advisor: Patrick Ryan
The Council: Adrian Scott, Paul Spain, Martin Honeywell (offering advice to the board)
The Male Journey Limited, 8 Rennison Drive, Wombourne, WOLVERHAMPTON, WV5 9HN
Limited Company 07968390. Registered Charity 1163767.