Crossing the Threshold Rite of Passage:
Returning Young Men
July 16 - 21, 2019
Private Wilderness ~ near Estes Park, Colorado
~ Reflect on Your First Year(s) of Being a Young Man
~ Step Into Leadership & Responsibility
~ Share Your Experiences with the New Boys
~ Find Clarity for the Next Steps Ahead
After initiation into manhood the year(s) following will still be challenging as you learn to take those first steps into manhood. We encourage young men to return in the summer(s) after their initiation.
In some ways, returning is an even more powerful experience then the initiation process, as you now have growth and perspective living into being a young man. Returning allows you time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the first year as a young man and gives you the opportunity to renew and make new commitments with those who experienced your initiation with you.
Working with one of our staff, you will have opportunities to connect prior to the retreat. This time will help you begin to set your intentions for the retreat, and start to develop awareness around your inner Leader.
You will gather a night early on the land with the staff. This will be a time to share what life has been like for you since your passage, gain some support and encouragement, and get reflection and affirmation on your first year(s) of being a young man.
You will also help prepare the space for the new boys and families to arrive, as well as learn some skills for stepping into leadership roles.
Location - We will drive and walk to a wilderness campsite on private land surrounded by national forest between Lyons and Estes Park, Colorado. It is beautiful and secluded land offering a profound sense of wildness and homecoming. Details and directions will be sent upon receipt of registration and payment.
Dates and Times - We will gather at the turnout to the land at 5pm on Tuesday, and will culminate at 6pm on Sunday with a community welcoming and celebration. Parents can drop you off, and your parents and families are welcome at the closing community celebration, Sunday at 3pm.
Staff - The program is led by Jason Geoffrion and Gabriel Cannon, with Elders Tom Daly and Jeffrey Duvall, and other men and women staff. You can view biographies of our staff on our website.
Cost - $477Partial scholarships are available.
A minimum non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold your reservation and assure you of a spot in this gathering. Meals are included. Space is limited to 6 participants.
If you wish to set up a payment plan or inquire about a scholarship, please arrange with the MLA office prior to the event. And we welcome your donations if you have extra finances to help support boys who need financial aid. Email Jason to receive the MLA Scholarship Application Form.
Letter of Application - You will need to write a letter, and have a conversation with the staff, in order to determine if you are ready to come back and be of service to the new boys. Contact Jason if you are interested.
What To Bring - Upon receipt of your deposit or payment you'll receive an email confirmation that will include a welcome packet with geat list, directions and other information.
For more information or other inquiries please contact Jason Geoffrion, MLA Director: 303-444-9022, firstname.lastname@example.org
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