Initiator Program

Initiator Program  –  Continuing the Journey

Illuman SoCal MROP ~ Camp Teresita Pines, Valyermo CA
May 29 – June 2, 2019

If you have the desire to return to an MROP, you should consider the Initiator Program. This program is not a repetition of your MROP initiation, but is designed to give an initiated man the opportunity to deepen his understanding of initiation while supporting the initiation of other men.

About The Program:

Initiated men continue to ask how they can participate in and support the initiation process. By design, the Men’s Rites of Passage is run by a small team of 8-10 men. This helps keep the edges hot, but limits the number of elders that can participate. By offering this new program, we hope to provide an opportunity for more initiated men to return to the Men’s Rites of Passage to engage in further personal soul-work and form a prayerful support container for the men who are being initiated.

The Initiator Program will run parallel to the actual week of initiation rites. It gives initiated men the opportunity to hold the container for the entire MROP process. It follows the tradition of the elders taking the young men out into the wild to be initiated and holding the container. We are asking you to join us for the five days as we “keep the edges hot” in our role of supporting the MROP process. This will deepen your experience of what happened at your own MROP as we are present in each gathering in the Sacred Space for all rituals and teachings. You will also be led through a series of reflections, silence, and time in nature as we form the Sacred Circle of Prayer and Presence. Most of all, we will stand shoulder to shoulder, giving our prayerful strength and support to the MROP team and the men being initiated. Come join us for a meaningful week of men transforming men through soul work!

This program is for you if:

  • You have been through the MROP and are an initiated man
  • You desire to deepen your spiritual journey by revisiting the messages of your own initiation
  • You want to be an active “initiator” — a man who invites and supports other men to into the Journey of Illumination
  • You understand that you are not being initiated again
  • You understand that you are not a member of the MROP leadership team
  • You can be present and be part of the container for the entire MROP event

This is a separate program from The Returning Initiated Men (RIM). We will contact you with more information about the Initiator Program after you fill out the application.

Total Cost is $425 including a $50 application fee. Please apply online here.

For more information, please contact John Lew (MROP Coordinator) at

Note: If accepted, your fee becomes non-refundable and is applied toward the total cost of the Initiator Program. If you are not accepted, your money will be refunded. For those requiring financial assistance in order to participate, we offer a limited number of scholarships covering up to 50% of the registration fee.