What is the Wildman?
The Wildman is the healthy, wise, indigenous soul in all men. He is the union of the divine masculine within our bodies, hearts, and minds that seeks to do what is right and good for the betterment of all. A Wildman initiate is a man who integrates his inherent, deeply intuitive nature, in a powerful and healthy way. A Wildman is a man who is ready to heal and to forgive, or to seek pardon and to restore that which has been broken by brash irresponsibility of the tattered masculine.
A Wildman honors those who need support and encourages the faint-hearted to find their courage, whether it is to walk across fire, jump off a cliff, get married, or simply tell someone that you love them. A Wildman is a brother, a father, a grandfather, a son, a grandson…but most of all a Wildman is deeply connected to the natural rhythms of the Earth, and makes responsible choices to support Her fragility and diversity.
A Wildman stands shoulder to shoulder with his Shieldmates, those with whom we have pledged our trust and our secrets. As Shieldmates, we sware an oath to protect one another when we fall and to help one another to stand taller when we do fall. Wildmen are present for those who need aid, and are Guardians of all things fragile and sensitive.
A Wildman goes beyond his own threshold of fear.
9th Wilderness Immersion
June 5 - 9, 2024
10th Annual Wildman
September 13 - 15, 2024
About the Wildman Men’s Retreats
Where is our madly innate knowledge of youth, our rich sense of belonging, and the wild intuition of deeply inherent primordial wisdom?
For most Men, it is buried under careers, family obligations, social conditioning, and the need to achieve. Many of us turn to consumption, escapism, and addiction in an attempt to quench the hunger of our wild nature. Let us renew, or discover for the first time, the aliveness of the Wildman in body, spirit & mind.
Inhabit your Wildman fully
Whether we associate our inherent wild nature and intuitive wisdom with the Greenman, Shiva, Cernunnos, Pan, Yahweh, or any myriad of other beings with or without names, the Wildman lives in all of us. With the essence of our inherent nature and deeply connected wisdom often placed on the back-burner, many of us men often forget how to allow a healthy, sacred, and spirit-filled embodiment of the Wildman to be alive within us.
Embody Your Primordial Essence
For some of us, the essence of our Wildman is so remote from our everyday decision making that we have forgotten the art of listening and speaking from a rich and quiet center. Instead, we create literal or metaphoric towers and fortresses around and within ourselves. Further, many of us live vicariously through professional athletes and film heroes to satiate our wildishness.
Perhaps it is time to be your own hero
For All You Men Out There… where has your Wildman been hiding? We all have a powerful, resourceful, unstoppable, invincible masculine being inside of us, just waiting to be unleashed, un-caged, and set free! Deep down your lover, your kids, and your goals, are secretly waiting, praying, hoping, you decide to liberate that WILDMAN within.
Who we are:
The leaders of this men’s retreat and empowerment movement hail from several men’s mystery traditions that help us navigate our way through the labyrinth of the twenty-first century. We work with the Mankind Project, Shamanic Breathwork, the Fianna, and other local men’s groups. Specifically we draw from a rich background of our respective heritage and the cosmologies that have beckoned to us. When we first began to discuss this project, the big question we knew we must ask was: What is the Wildman?