In adolescence boys embark on a journey to maturity during which they will encounter changes, challenges and new experiences, many of which will shape them for life.
Although each path will be different and there is no one clear way through, our ancestors knew that with support, guidance and encouragement from the older men of the community the journey to healthy masculinity was far more likely to be successful.
Journeyman UK is a registered charity dedicated to supporting boys aged 13 to 17 in discovering their potential as they navigate the choppy waters of adolescence. We enable communities to skilfully take responsibility for supporting their boys and young men become the adults they want to be.
Regular local meetups of men and boys, hanging out, making fires and talking about the stuff that really matters.
Once a year there is a Rites Of Passage Weekend for new boys. We invite them to start the journey all boys must eventually go on – choosing to become a mature man.
Men also support each other. Being a man is a life’s journey and we all – men and boys – need good elders and trustworthy peers.
I’m a pretty angry person and I didn’t know myself at all. But doing this weekend has opened up so many thing for me. Step back, look at myself and not let anyone tell me how to deal with my situations.
It’s an experience I think everyone should do. When you get here you think ‘what a weird bunch of people’, but when you’re doing it you actually realise what the metaphors are trying to tell you.
It’s just an amazing experience; I feel like every young boy should do it. Life changing.
It feels pretty cool, actually, hanging out with older guys and seeing people of all different ages. I can see my journey. I love being with the men, talking, being round the fire.
Definitely do it, go to a ROPA and try it out; it’s the best experience.
I was nervous at the start. I didn’t show it, but I was quite nervous. Now I feel a lot calmer. I can be myself, instead of trying to act like one of the lads. Which is good.
I think anyone can do it. And I think everyone should do it. I couldn’t explain it, you have to experience it yourself.
These weekends are amazing; it’s been so much fun. People say they like XBox but Journeyman’s way better.
Go for it. Do it. It’s the best thing in the world.