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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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2021 Younger Men’s Rites of Passage 

Our team is working to set up a 5 day Younger Men's Rites of Passage near Hexham in Northumberland in September 2021. Part of our planning is a regular review of the Covid 19 situation – would our wild camping event bringing men from many households together, be “Safe” under the latest Government Health advice? We WELCOME interest from younger men who will be 18-28 years old on 1 September 2021. Please use our Contact form to send us your mailing details. We will keep you up to date with developments.

If in July we cannot be sure a September event would be Covid-Safe, we will offer an online day programme instead. This will introduce some of the ways in which we work on the in-person programme. It will give you a taster, to introduce you to the challenges of committing to making A Younger Men’s Rites of Passage, when the virus situation is better contained.

We ask those wishing to participate to accept vaccination as soon as it is available to you.

We look forward to working with you.

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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