Spring 2020 Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend

The Journeymen Rites Of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPAW) is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally. They will be encouraged to look at and share feelings that they may have never acknowledged before. During the weekend, the initiate will become known as a Journeyman, or J-Man for short.

Journeymen normally conducts two Rites of Passage Adventure Weekends each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The dates for Spring 2020 ROPAW are Thursday, April 16, 4 PM through Sunday, April 19 at 3 PM for Journeymen and Staffers and Friday, April 17 at 4:45 PM through Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 PM for initiates.

Staffers and Journeymen commit to volunteering for the entire weekend and not leaving the event site. If you have a special request for the ROPAW leadership team to consider, please get in touch: journeymenasheville@gmail.com

Parents or guardians of initiates will be asked to bring initiates to the site where we will have a formal separation process. Specific drop off and pick up times will be provided to you upon successful completion of the application process. As the interest in ROPAW has increased, it is now very important to get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your boy’s place as we anticipate having extremely full ROPAWs in the future.

The tuition for initiates is $350. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is two weeks before ROPAW begins, with the remaining balance payable by the Monday before ROPAW begins. We offer financial assistance through payment plans, scholarships and partial scholarships for those who qualify. See the initiate application for details.


For questions regarding the upcoming Fall ROPAW please contact
Jordan Foltz


To reach our ROPAW Registrar please contact
Jordan Bowman

Background On ROPAW

Rites of passage have played an important role in many cultures for thousands of years. A primary function of any rite of passage is to allow children to choose a new adult identity in their community. Adults help to facilitate this process, and help them gain the skills and understanding that they will need to fulfill their potential as members of the community.

The isolation in a primitive setting removes participants from the routines and patterns of their lives so that they can “re-create” themselves. They are given the opportunity to let go of old patterns that might no longer serve them.

Our weekend incorporates physical, mental, and emotional tests. These tests help the initiate discover inner resources that he was previously unaware of, helping him gain new self-respect and confidence. In our weekend events, the tests are challenging, but do not involve winning and losing, which we believe could create the potential for shame. Each initiate has the opportunity to test himself in ways that build self-esteem and facilitates growth.

Following a traditional rite of passage, a young man’s family and community celebrate his change of status with a welcome home ceremony, which usually involves some form of sharing food together. Following Journeymen’s ROPAW, the young men who participated are honored for their accomplishments with a homecoming feast. The Homecoming ceremony is held on the Sunday following the ROPAW. We encourage friends and family to participate in the Homecoming ceremony.

Initiated young men, who are accomplished J-Men (Journeymen) are encouraged to return and staff ROPAW as a way to participate and benefit further from this community building event. Any man (18 years of age or older), who passes a screening process, including a criminal background check, may be considered to staff the weekend.

If you have questions regarding the upcoming ROPAW please contact
Jordan Bowman

ROPAW Online Payment

Payment Options

Initiate Information Sheet

ROPAW Initiate Application

ROPAW J-Man Application

ROPAW Staff Application

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