Young Men’s Rites of Passage


MAY 27-31, 2020



We are looking for young men who are ready to move fully from boyhood to manhood.

YMROP is 5 days / 4 nights of formal male initiation for men ages 19-29. During the YMROP men are led through teachings and rituals from the mystery of Passover.

The program is a deeply prayerful and soulful experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through simple and moving rituals and teaching. Each day you will be out in nature and engaged in ritual, drumming, Council, elder talks, silence and solo-wilderness time.

The cost is $375. Scholarships are available so that a lack of funds will not prevent anyone from attending!

You don’t need to decide right now, but if you have the slightest interest, we would like to hear from you.



Is it for Me?

Is it for me?
  • I’m looking for direction and to be shown the way.

  • I want to do…something, but I don’t really know what.

  • I want to know what I need to know to make it in the world.

  • I want to be a man among men.

  • Even if no one else agrees, I think I can do it.

  • I feel like my body grew up, and I’m waiting for the rest to catch up.

  • I need to get out from under my parents, but it’s scary.

  • There’s got to be more to life than this.

  • I’m tired of trying things that are supposed to make you a man…but don’t.

  • I want adventure, self knowledge, and divine wisdom.

If even only one applies to you, you're ready...



 A personal discovery about masculine spirituality… A time to savor the healing and awesome power of nature… A process to address issues of loss, grief, and relationships with father, other men, and others… An opportunity to examine life’s priorities and ask courageous questions about your next step… An invitation to listen to the voice inside of you… A chance to return to life with a commitment to your gifts.


  • Young men of all races and religions

  • Young men seeking wisdom for the journey

  • Young men without fathers

  • Young men at least 19 years old


A traditional, lecture-based retreat… An informational workshop about male spirituality…A sensitivity-training or deprivation experience…A threatening process that requires participants to engage in anything strange or unsafe…A test of physical stamina…Just another event to attend…Something to “fix” some condition in your life.

Young 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 that individuals come with the readiness of young novices seeking wisdom.

This is not about religion, but about spirituality, about age old traditions that guide us into manhood, about coming to trust that there is something much greater at work in our lives than we could ever imagine.

The decision to attend is a serious one; your “gut” should tell you that you are being invited into it.

What is happening in your life that tells you of your readiness for this event? Why do you want to participate in these Rites of Passage? What do you want to be initiated into?


Next Steps

YMROP Next Steps

So you are ready to register for the Young Men’s Rites of Passage (YMROP)…

The YMROP is a life-changing opportunity. The first step is to visit our registration page and submit your completed application. Once received, the MN MALES will contact you regarding the status of your application. If accepted, a full confirmation package will be sent to you with further instructions.