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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.

Want to know more? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.


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2020 Rites - Cancelled due to Covid-19

The next Younger Men's Rites of Passage had been planned for 25-29 June 2020 near Hexham in Northumberland. Owing to the current Covid 19 Health Emegency planning for this event has been suspended. It is hoped to run the programme at a later date when the Health Emergency is passed. Should you want to register on the waiting list for details of the next Younger Men's Rites of Passage the please use our Contact form.

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 then please use our Contact form.


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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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From Starlings in Winter, Copyright © Mary Oliver



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