The important work, this workshop for men of ages proposes to facilitate is at the root of what needs to happen to create a regenerative culture. Boys in our society lost the opportunity to be initiated by wild earth under the tending care of the elders for at least the last 3000 years.
This fact, I believe, is at the core of why our society has been so destructive toward wild nature and indigenous cultures all through history and is reaching today a point of unprecedented global crises. There are no new places and people to colonize and consequently there is to transfer the grief of our loss to somebody or somewhere else.
To be able to recover the important cultural container that will nurture young boys into mature adult developing a self who deeply care for the well being of people and nature, men today, need to experience themselves the level of connection to the wild, their community and self that only initiatory events are able to provide.
The genetic imperative to go through these experiences is so strong that, without it, people seem to manifest for themselves dramatic experiences in the form of disease, accidents, asocial behaviour and other traumas. Here we have the chance to prepare ourselves gently and deeply into finding our true gift and place in life, connecting safely with our soul and vision in the context of a supportive community.
For more info check out the wisdom of the earth website.
Or listen to a podcast of the Saltspring radio show. Interview begins at 25 minute mark.