the Young Men's Journey
Our signature week-long retreat, centered in the
Monongahela National Forest near Spruce Knob, WV, USA
For ages 13-18.
Investment for the 2023 Young Men’s Journey is $2,195.
THE FATHER AND SON JOURNEY
A new journey track to re-establish and strengthen an essential bond between fathers and sons.
The Young Men’s Journey requires a negative COVID test prior to attendance.
What To Expect
Want to learn more about yourself and build important life skills – ex. self-confidence? Consider taking our weeklong wilderness journey for young men. Here’s what you can expect…
Our Home Base
Find what is unique and significant in our wilderness journeys for young men. Get all the logistical info you’ll need to know.
Ready to enroll or already registered? Begin your Young Men’s Journey 2023 adventure by reviewing your journey preparations here…
Our summer weeklong intensive is for those who want to experience a very unique and life-changing adventure, to learn about a life lived with deeper meaning and vitality. Adventures take place that create opportunities for a significant shift – to move you beyond personal limitations and augment the track your life is on. Opportunities are created to move your life forward, to learn more deeply about yourself, and how you relate to others more authentically.
We trust that a young men’s journey will help in facing what is most essential inside yourself and demonstrate a future worth living into.
An Orientation To The Journey
In 2023, the Young Men’s Hero’s Journey ® Summer Intensive will provide young men with the best of what we have to offer – our weeklong intensive wilderness journey. This experience has been designed to deeply engage the particular needs that young men face at this essential developmental stage, moving from a boy to a man. What we do during these wilderness experiences is actually live into the journey myth of the hero for the purpose of living a more meaningful life in connection with self and others.
The archetypal myth of the Hero’s Journey ® is an ageless and timeless immersion into the transformative currents of personal and planetary evolution. We do this through group council space and outdoor adventure elements. It calls us away from the familiar horizons of home and habit, and to venture forth into the unknown territories within us. It calls us to the adventure of finding and living into our one true, authentic and vital life.
Through consistently ‘do-able’ action, we wake up the potential that lives within the consciousness of our human bodies and minds. On the journey, with each particular group activity, there is always the individual choice in how to engage or not. When these choices are made with others in a conscious way, it can lead to awakening a vital life within. Joseph Campbell says, “A vital person vitalizes the world.”
Meet Your Guide - John Wepner
Young Men's Journey Program Director
JOHN WEPNER is a licensed psychotherapist. He has a private practice in Hickory, NC where he works and lives with his wife and two children.
John brings himself, along with supportive staff, to provide an enlivening and grounding container to face the challenges and adventures ahead for each personal journey, and rooting the work in a living, dynamic, emotional and psychological in-depth group.
John is passionate about helping young adults navigate the tumultuous years of adolescence and early adulthood to be able to do so with more confidence, purpose, and embodied vitality.
“In my opinion, my HJ experience was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have had in my life. I have now a new perspective of my self that will lead me to grow as a person and live my life differently and better. Thank-you to all the HJ Staff for this great experience. I will be coming back soon for more magic.”
“I learned more life lessons and values here than I have in my eleven years of school, and I have never grown so close to a group of fellow young men in my life (including any baseball teams). The most important thing I’ve taken away from this Journey are patience and understanding.”
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Be The Hero Of Your Own Life