The Father/Son Retreat was
an incredible weekend of bonding with my 14-year-old son, Michael.
A well-orchestrated mix of group activities, one-on-one father / son projects,
and insightful teaching and discussion – all far removed from the distractions
of our busy lives – created an environment for discovery and relationship
building that both father and son silently crave but so seldom experience
in our culture. The value we received far out-shadowed any investment we
could have made.”
"The positive effect on my
family was more than I ever expected. The program has made me feel more
confident in the decisions I make as a father."
2007 Retreat Attendee (Father)
"An experience that will
last for years to come. Fathers and sons will enjoy their time together."
2007 Retreat Attendee (Son)
Journey Towards Manhood
To help fathers and sons
develop a deeper relationship as the sons are beginning their journey towards
manhood. They will explore the seven areas of their lives: working, playing,
studying and the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual components of
There are several reasons
this experience is important to fathers and their sons. The first is the
failure of our society to initiate our boys into manhood. Throughout history
this has been an important right of passage in almost every society. Age
nor graduation do not infer manhood, rather character and experience.
& Son Retreats
As a father you’ve made a
commitment to yourself to do everything you can to help your son become
the kind of man he’s capable of becoming. This weekend is an opportunity
to retreat from day to day responsibilities and focus on that goal.
The weekend includes:
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One on one time
Interaction with other men and
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These and other questions
will be explored during the weekend!
What does it take to be a
What are the important things
in you son’s life?
How are your son’s strengths
different from yours?
How are you encouraging your
son to become the man he wants to be?
How are you building trusting
How good of a listener are
What is “false masculinity”?
What’s the most difficult
part of being a father?
What type of man do you want
your son to be?
Our society does not provide
a clear rite of passage for boys. Marriage, graduation, enlist in the military
or work are specific events that mark a young man's transition into adult
manhood. The modern American society has nothing like this for the boy
to man evolution. Often they have to find their own way through an arduous,
confusing passage to manhood.
Often peer pressure and today’s
media give our sons a distorted picture of manhood. They are often lead
to believe that the use of alcohol, sexual promiscuity and thrill seeking
is what makes a man. They need to know what you think.