Illuman Of Washington is the official Washington State chapter of Illuman, a global not for profit community committed to supporting men who are seeking to deepen their spiritual lives. We are an organization that is open to all men based on the simple belief that we are all brothers. While Illuman was founded in 2012, it emerged from the remarkable work of Men as Learners and Elders (M.A.L.Es) started by Fr. Richard Rohr in the late 1990’s, and ran by the Center of Action and Contemplation for many years. In December 2012, Fr. Richard blessed Illuman approved to continue the work begun by M.A.L.Es.
Our programs and offerings focus on providing men with an opportunity to do their ‘inner work’ in the company of other men. We use ritual, teaching and ways of communicating that allow men to create an environment where men can explore what matters to them most.
Men who participate in our work receive support as they journey through life and face some of life’s toughest challenges and transitions. Our programs are centered in ritual experiences rather than in conceptual teachings.
Illuman of Washington’s structure continues to mature. Currently we have a board that protects and supports the container for this work, a guiding council of 4 men that meets for 90 minutes every two week, a leadership group of 14 that meet monthly, as well as men who contribute in a variety of roles for events and gatherings. If you wish to contribute in some manner, raise your hand by reaching out to the convener.
Learn more about the mission and vision of Illuman:
- We are men transforming men through a power greater than ourselves.
- We are seeking a life changing spirituality.
- Our primary concern is inner work that makes a difference in the world.
- We are fed by the wisdom traditions of forgiveness and radical inclusivity.
- Our work recovers traditional patterns of male initiation, affirms a masculine path to healing, reveals the true and false self and honors the path of descent.
- We do this through the power of ritual, image, story and council.
These are our five touchstones:
Centering – we are men grounded in the power of the here and now.
Gathering – we are men who listen deeply to each other’s stories.
Connecting – we are men who choose another to walk with – shoulder to shoulder.
Releasing – We are men who let go of the ways that no longer serve us.
Serving – we are men who honor the earth and serve the whole human community.
We seek to form future generations of men who will restore these practices – serving to build a world that celebrates the beauty of all beings.