A Mythodrama Rite of Passage for Men
Facilitators: Michael Boyle, William Ayot & Nathan Roberts
The 21st century needs self-aware and emotionally present men as never before. These are men who can take responsibility, harness the imagination, collaborate, lead and rise to the challenges of our unstable world. Historically, such men underwent mysterious rites that prepared them for the troubles ahead. Today, such character-forming events are few and far between. This men’s retreat fills the gap.
Using Mythodrama’s unique blend of storytelling, archetypal expression, rehearsal practice, and shadow work, we will focus on what it means for a man to claim his personal sovereignty.
Event time: Tue 12th May 2020 at 10:30am - Fri 15th May 2020 at 2:00pm
At a Glance
- A men’s retreat with a wealth of ritual and story-based exercises
- Meet your shadow aspects and confront inner doubts
- Be fully supported to step into authentic leadership through individual and group work
Participants will gain
- An expanded and embodied awareness of archetypal energies and their capacity to support a personal sense of purpose.
- Insights into inspiration and motivation as the archetypes relate to the personal realm.
- A clear view of the individual Shadow that restricts and restrains us all.
- An empowered and creative perspective on life’s key challenges.
In this highly experiential Mythodrama for men, we meet the young and newly crowned King Henry V as he sets out on his inspirational journey to personal and political triumph. We will use interactive exercises, probing discussion and ritual to explore six powerful archetypes that can help us. These qualities are: Claiming Authority, Realising Authenticity, Managing Ego and Power, Embracing Soul, Discovering Purpose and Facing the Shadow.
Hawkwood’s house and surrounding grounds will provide a nourishing container for this work.
Course materials will be provided. Please bring a notebook, a pen, and comfortable clothing, including outdoor layers.
Please note that prices are listed per person.
Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches, and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Michael Boyle is a psychotherapist, facilitator and student of Mythology. He is a training leader of the ManKind Project and the Founder of Abandofbrothers, a rites of passage and mentoring charity for young men. He is a Founding partner of Olivier Mythodrama, for whom he presents leadership seminars globally. Michael’s extensive experience of working with men has led him to believe that there are vital issues related to masculinity which remain unaddressed and seldom acknowledged in our culture. These contribute directly to depression, excess violence, irresponsibility and unbounded egotism in men with a consequent impact on society.Visit Tutor's Website
Nathan Roberts is a Leadership consultant, working with a range of methodologies with clients including Daimler and the Oxford Said Business School. He is also a social entrepreneur and Chief Executive of an initiative working with young men in the criminal justice system. He has been a Programme Director and associate for OMA for the past 6 years and involved with Men’s work for 18 years. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in People and Organisational Development from the University of Sussex and is a Member of the Guild of Mythodramatic Practitioners.
William Ayot is an award-winning poet, author and ritualist. Over three decades, he has led men’s rites of passage, facilitated men’s groups and worked with men in rehab, prisons, personal development and business contexts. As a founding director of Olivier Mythodrama, he was instrumental in developing mythodrama as a powerful method of leadership education. Today he teaches on the faculty at INSEAD. He also designs and leads rituals for individuals and groups, in his purpose-built ritual garden in Monmouthshire. He is currently writing a book for and about men in the wake of globalization, feminism, the internet and climate change.
“A different, innovative and engaging method to look at leadership.”
"If you could bottle what Michael has in abundance, you’d be set for life. He has a fantastic ability to connect with people and really bring them into the story. "
"Olivier Mythodrama tutors are certainly not afraid to challenge, and their work and style make for a very memorable and valuable experience."
"William Ayot has supported hundreds of men to a deeper sense of self and purpose. His contribution to mytho-poetic men’s work in the UK over the past 25 years is inestimable.” Dr Geoff Mead
"I’ve attended a few of Michael's workshops through Olivier Mythodrama and am always left with the same impression - if you could bottle what Michael has in abundance, you’d be set for life. He has a fantastic ability to connect with people and really bring them into the story. He’s certainly not afraid to challenge, and his work and style make for a very memorable and valuable experience.“