We help men step deeper into LIFE.
A COMMUNITY OF MEN TRANSFORMING MEN THROUGH A POWER GREATER THAN THEMSELVES
Illuman was birthed out of the remarkable work of Richard Rohr, O.F.M., and has spread all over the world. Our Washington State community of men is committed to living authentic, connected lives of love and service. We are fed by the wisdom traditions of forgiveness and radical inclusivity; we seek a life-changing spirituality; and we recognize the need to gather regularly to do our own inner work and to help others. We are part of a new generation of men’s work that explores true masculinity, honoring the beauty in all things, through the ancient tools of nature, story, ritual, council and imagery. ALL ARE WELCOME. JOIN US.
Do You Hunger To Live The Life You Were Meant For?
Brain science, psychology, ritual studies are confirming what wisdom traditions have known for millennia: that engaging the body, the mind, the emotions, and the soul simultaneously, has far more impact than working with any one at a time. Talk therapy can be helpful, left-brained logic-oriented learning is wonderful, body-work benefits us in multiple avenues, engaging Spirit opens us to the transcendent…but there are few places where all are engaged holistically. Illuman offers spaces that are both cutting edge and deeply rooted, inviting men into richer, healthier lives. In this work we hold in common more our practices than beliefs (which vary greatly), while acknowledging the Perennial Tradition.
“The Perennial Tradition encompasses the recurring themes in all of the world’s religions and philosophies that continue to say:
- There is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world of things,
- There is in the human soul a natural capacity, similarity, and longing for this Divine Reality, and
- The final goal of existence is union with this Divine Reality.”
~ Richard Rohr
As a result, in this community you’ll find Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, and plenty of non-of-the-aboves. Our community is made up of conservatives, liberals, wealthy, poor, gay, straight, young, old…who are joined together in the quest to live rooted, loving, lives of depth.
The Men’s Rites of Passage returns to the Pacific Northwest May 26-30, 2021, at Skalitude Wilderness Center in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. Discover why thousands of men all over the world continue to find these five days deeply transforming and life giving. The MROP serves for many as an entry point into the Illuman community. Find out more on the MROP section of the site.
The Elders’ Rites of Passage returns September, 2021, at Ekone Ranch in the canyon country of South Central Washington. The EROP is a 5 day passage that serves men as they move from adulthood into their eldering years and beyond. Find out more on the EROP section of the site. The EROP for 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID
COUNCIL – We have council groups in Seattle/Lynnwood, Woodinville, Tacoma, Bremerton, Spokane, Walla Walla, Leavenworth, and Vancouver (Portland). Curious? connect with one of our Council gatherings. Council is the best way to immediately connect with men on the journey in your region. Come as you are.
Council is a place uncommon to the rest of life where you are invited to put down the mantel(s) you carry, put down the many identities and roles you play, reconnect to Life itself and sink deeper into your true self, using a variety of practices that have stood the test of time and come to us from wisdom traditions around the world. ~Ned Abenroth, Washington Convener