January 23 – 27, 2014
Restore your strength & clarity in a group of other men.
with David Wiley
Ukilái: (Uh-key-lá-ee) is a word in the Huichol indigenous language
that means “a man who has reached a level of maturity and has taken
on the responsibilities of spirit, community, and family.” A Ukilái has
found his role and place within himself, the community and in the world
and therefore is a support for himself and others.
In the indigenous world and the life of our ancestors, the masculine
ones were initiated, taught, and guided to interact with each other,
the feminine, the community and with the spirits. Knowing who they
were, men found a home within themselves and produced balanced
relationship with others.
In our culture these roles, references, guides and knowledge have
been lost or greatly diminished. The incessant drive and indoctrination
of social, economic and materialistic demands of modernity has
replaced them. This new paradigm places consumerism, change for
change’s sake, and mind over the power of heart at the center of daily
life. As a result, we find ourselves alienated from our place and role in
the world. As spouses, potential spouses, fathers, sons and brothers
we experience breakdown in our relationships with others.
In a culture that constantly imposes these conditions, there comes
a time when withdrawing in retreat is necessary to reconnect to the
essential being of the masculine, to discover the navigation of one’s
heart, to clear, refresh and renew one’s direction in life. Rather than
a class or workshop, Ukilái represents a pilgrimage to one’s soul and
masculine kinship in order to bring about a restoration. Therefore
participation in the Ukilái retreat provides support on an ongoing basis
to one’s vision, direction and relationship to others and the world.