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, 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.
No events are scheduled at this time.
Ukilái: A Gathering of Men is offered by Sacred Fire Community’s Lifeways.
Photo credit: Larry Messerman