Young men need to be initiated in to manhood so they can step in to it and claim ownership over their lives. In this time, the initiation process is often unofficial, haphazard, and young men tend to attempt to initiate themselves. We have a whole generation of men who feel they were never initiated in to manhood. Brad Leslie joins me to talk about the solutions to this problem, and how he is keeping the old traditions alive.
In a time where “Toxic Masculinity” is a common term, we need mentors to guide men in understanding how to proceed in a world amidst so much criticism. Phil Teertha Mistlberger provides some direction to guide men who want to engage “the dark side of the masculine” in their own lives, and see it more clearly in others.
How do you “be a man” in a society with so many conflicting messages? Why are men ashamed to feel their emotions, yet also shamed for speaking up and trying to help men out of the mess we’re in? How can we get out if this trap? Mark joins me to discuss our version of healing the divide and healing our wounds.
Matthew Stillman is a well experienced student of men's work. He's worked with the likes of Robert Bly, David Deita, and Mantak Chia. We talk about his favourite pieces of learning from his 20+ years of mens work experience.