Men’s Rites of Passage

Come and join us for a unique and profound experience.

Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP) is a unique five-day/four-night profound experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through simple and moving rituals and teaching. Each day includes group prayer, major teachings on central masculine spirituality themes, quiet time for reflection and sharing in the context of a small group.

 

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.

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 for a man to come with a “beginner’s mind’ and the readiness of a novice seeking wisdom.

Ultimately, initiation, like life itself, is not a spectator sport.

Richard Rohr

Program Founder, MROP

MROP IS:

  • A personal discovery about masculine spirituality and “the Holy Mystery.”
  • A time to savour the healing and awesome power of nature.
  • A process to address issues of loss, grief, and relationships with our 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 quiet voice of God.
  • A chance to return to life with a renewed commitment to your gifts.

 MROP ISN’T:

  • A traditional lecture-based retreat.
  • An informational workshop about men’s 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.

What do past MROP participants have to say?

I came to MROP trying to find myself, Instead I found us….the great US….. I found myself amongst a community of men where I could be named and truly seen

It was so simple and yet so profound. I was pushed beyond my level of comfort in many ways and yet the sense of how it was all “so right” brought me through. I felt so many conflicting things – | was disorientated, thrilled, comforted, stretched and validated. I found brothers I never had or felt I deserved and I re-embraced my own life I nearly gave up on earlier this year. Last week at Somerset – | began to trust others again. Thank you for caring for me and guiding me to take this step

What an extraordinary group of men you’ve gathered there in MTM. Everyone did a great job. Many lives were transformed. Blessings to you in the wonderful work of MTM. What you’re doing is a great joy to the heart

I write to thank you sincerely for the work you are doing with men. As I participated this last week I felt connected and enlivened by my connection to like brothers. And brothers in the truest sense of the word. I discovered things in my self and my life that I have been missing or perhaps just misplaced! The settling into silence was a blessing for myself and my overworked mind. l loved it.

Thank you for caring enough to be part of such a life-changing experience. I have come away – not battered or bruised or exhausted, but truly settled in my whole being – both physically emotionally and within my heart.

In this Video a few excellent men share their story of how they came to be involved in Center for Men Australia and how they found the experience of Men’s rites of Passage MROP.

MROP 2022 Details

Date: 9th-13th August 2022

Venue: Camp Somerset, Stanley Pocket Rd, via Esk Queensland

Price: $995, which includes accommodation, meals, materials and transport from Brisbane CBD (Early bird price of $925 if paid in full by 30th June 2022). Payment plans are available. See here.

These fees include up to 3 subsidised counselling sessions (to the value of $50 each) with one of our affiliated counsellors.

Ready to start your MROP Journey?

Step 1

Make sure you have read all the information above and thoughtfully considered if you are ready to engage in this deep work  

Step 2

If you are ready to be part of an MROP please complete an application form below. A member of our team will get in contact with you to ensure this is the right time for you.

Step 3

If you have completed your application, have been approved and have been directed to sign up for MROP please click the link below.

Step 4

Prepare for MROP and engage with email outs as they come through to help you prepare for MROP.

Still unsure or have more questions?

Someone from our team can get in contact with you and talk through any questions you might have. Fill out an expression of interest form below and will get in touch as soon as we can.

 

Returning Initiated Men

For men who have done MROP in the past, the returning men’s program invites you to revisit your rites, deepen your own journey with other initiated men, and celebrate with this year’s initiates in the closing rites and in the feast afterwards. Led by the founder of Centre for Men Rob Jones with a team of elders, the program runs from Friday afternoon until Saturday afternoon and costs $100 and includes teaching, reconnection with other men and engagement with the ongoing journey through an embodied, ritual-based encounter. Hundreds of men have found profound meaning in returning to the place of their initiation and experiencing again the sacred process of initiation. To register as a returning man at this year’s rites, complete the registration form below (available soon). Numbers are limited and registrations close on  July 31st 2022