Rite of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPAW)
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 conducts two Rites of Passage Adventure Weekends each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
The Spring 2018 ROPAW begins Friday, April 27, 4:45 p.m. and runs through Sunday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Mountain Sanctuary in Candler, North Carolina. Parents or guardians will be asked to bring initiates to the campsite where we will have a formal separation process. Specific drop-off off and pick up times will be provided to you upon successful completion of the application process.
The tuition is $350. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by April 16, 2017, with the remaining balance payable by April 24. We offer financial assistance through payment plans, scholarships and partial scholarships for those who qualify. See the initiate application for details.
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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.
The specific processes used at a rite of passage are kept confidential, so that younger members of the community do not receive the adult information before they are ready. A rite of passage is considered sacred and personal and should not be treated casually. Also, Journeymen’s ROPAW relies on a degree of theater, surprise, and spontaneous response that would be lost if participants knew in advance what was going to happen. (We will share all information with the parents or guardians of the initiate, asking that this information be kept in confidence).
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.
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