A 4-Day Men’s Backpacking Adventure in the Eastern Sierras
This men’s Threshold Journey provides an opportunity to discover our inner landscapes and direction while exploring the outer landscapes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Claiming and skillfully navigating one’s direction as a man is critical and not easily achieved due to infinite choices, stressors, and distractions.
We will find center and intentionally lower the noise so we can hear our own authentic voice and tap into a more embodied calling. We will learn how to use our body and the living earth as resources for our aliveness and wakefulness.
CULTIVATE SUPPORTIVE BROTHERHOOD THROUGH CHALLENGE AND PLAY.
get radically honeSt with yourself.
FIND YOUR FIRE AND EXPRESS IT.
BREAK FREE FROM YOUR DOMESTICATED SELF.
RESOURCE STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE THROUGH YOUR OWN BODY.
RELAX AND REJUVENATE INTHE WILD.
A Threshold is a Doorway to Transformation
As men we have thresholds of challenge and growth to move through. We have constructed some of these doorways through years of personal experience. Other doorways appear suddenly and demand an immediate response. In either case, skills of embodied presence, self-knowledge, and emotional intelligence can ready us for the encounter.
In this wilderness journey we will practice and play with these skills experientially. Seeing everyone as an ally on this adventure we will share and learn from each other’s strengths and explore areas of weakness that require reflection, care, and practice.
You Will Return Home With:
AN INCREASED ABILITY TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES.
A GROUNDED SENSE OF YOUR CENTER.
CREATIVE INSPIRATION AND DRIVE .
THE ABILITY TO BE NOURISHED IN RELATIONSHIP.
EXPANDED TOLERANCE AND DECREASED JUDGEMENT.
MORE EMOTIONAL RANGE AND A DISCERNING CLARITY.
CONNECTED TO YOUR INNER FIRE AND PURPOSE.
“The signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.”
A Community of Brothers
Threshold is 4 days and 4 nights of exploring the wilderness with a committed community of brothers. It’s an opportunity to unplug, step away from our day-to-day and reset in nature together.
Rather than focus on our often isolating individualism, we will help each other in our growth. As FireTenders, we celebrate collaboration and connection over competition and ego. We will practice resourcing each other as support and connect in camaraderie and teamwork on this journey toward wholeness.
LOGISTICS & REQUIREMENTS
DATES: June 12-16, 2019
COST: Early Bird (until 5/1) $375 | Full Price (until 5/21) $425. Work scholarships available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling recommended
FOOD: Breakfast and dinners supplied, bring your own lunch and snack food.
EQUIPMENT: Backpacking backpack, warm sleeping bag and pad, tent or bivy (more detailed gear list will be sent upon registration).
REQUIREMENTS: Physically able to hike 5 miles with a 35 lb pack at 10-12 thousand ft. altitude. Easily able to laugh, especially at oneself :)
PREREQUISITES: Previous attendance at a FireTending weekend intensive or member of ongoing FireTenders men’s group (or the like with permission from one of the facilitators).
REGISTRATION FORM & PAYMENT MUST BE SUbmitted TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.
CONTACT | email@example.com
Already registered? Please sign the required waiver before arrival at the campsite.
Be seen, supported, and challenged by brothers in THE WILD.
FireTenders is a self-sustaining community of responsible men that are committed to wakeful living and who are willing to support other men in the process of self-discovery, true masculine embodiment, and open-hearted relational engagement in the world.
This type of Men’s work has transformed me from the inside out. I began sitting in men’s circles over 15 years ago and I still remember my initial surprise and relief when I witnessed men connecting in authentic ways, revealing unspoken truths, and inspiring one another toward greater presence and engagement. With help from other men and potent mentors my false sense of what it meant to "be a man” has been challenged and burned away. What is left is my direct experience as a man with vulnerabilities, emotions, drive, presence, shadow, and fire. It has and continues to be a journey of becoming, becoming a Man and becoming an Embodied Human Being in this World.
FireTenders events are an opportunity to stop, presence your life and explore your current habitual patterns, belief systems, relationships, and level of wakefulness with support and brotherhood. Through experiential exercises, embodied meditations, and individual somatic processing time we dive deep toward the true self.
TIMOTHY TILLMAN, FOUNDER OF FIRETENDERS
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
EDMUND KNIGHTON, PHD is the President of Rudolf Steiner College and a Clinical Psychologist with 25 years of experience as a somatic therapist and consultant and over 30 years of experience working with men’s groups.
TIMOTHY TILLMAN, MA, CHT is a Somatic Psychotherapist, Hakomi Trainer, Meditation Teacher, and Founder of the FireTenders Men’s Movement with over 25 years experience in his field.
RYAN GINN, MA is a Somatic Psychotherapist with over a decade of experience facilitating men’s work. He practices in Ashland serving both individuals and couples. He has been involved in ecological land stewardship for 20 years and is deeply committed husband and father.
What Men Are Saying about FIretenders
"The weekend we spent together was deeply fulfilling and touching for me. The courage and authenticity you all brought created such power and left me feeling more hope and vigor than I have felt in a long while.” Ryan G
"I'm heartened to feel back into our time together, it restores my faith in my fellow man as well as lifting my own spirit, reassuring my own path." Michael R.
"For me this kind of responsible inner-work and connection with other men is the anecdote to the unchecked masculine shadow, which we have each experienced personally and that continues to cause great suffering in our families, communities and on the world stage.” TJ
(805)-845-0514 | firstname.lastname@example.org