Roots of Manhood – workshop for men

From ancestral times, young boys were initiated into manhood. The elders of the indigenous tribes knew that boys needed to embark into perilous journeys, that will transform their egos and prepare them to be in service of their communities. “You either return as a man, or you don’t return at all” was an old African saying, which spoke about the initiation into manhood.

But the modern times carry different narratives, and the initiation rites for men are almost inexistent. How do we then, as men, step with consciousness into manhood?

“Roots of Manhood” is a workshop for men, in which we explore this question, to understand our individual journeys to manhood.

During the workshop:

  • We will explore the archetypes of the mature masculine: The King, the Warrior, the Magician, the Lover.
  • We will explore stories and wisdom from the male elders of the modern times, that speak about initiation into manhood.
  • We will be part of a sacred space of men, in which we will share and listen deep personal stories.

This workshop is built on the ideas and concepts promoted by Robert Moore, Douglas Gillet (authors of the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover), Robert Bly (author of Iron John, a book about me), Richard Rohr (author, of Adam’s Return and from Wild Man to Wise Man), Michael Meade and others.

The workshop will be an experiential process, in which we will work collectively and individually. Some of the practices and activities that will be offered:

  • Sharing personal stories
  • Guidance through questions and personal invitations
  • Deep imagery journeys
  • Journaling
  • Soul poetry
  • The Way of Council
  • Storytelling
  • Interactive discussions

Who can participate:

  • Anyone who identifies as a man (regardless of gender or sexual orientation).
  • Men who can participate for the entire workshop.
  • Men who are willing to be honest with themselves and with those who will be part of this program.

How the workshop will be organized:

  • The workshop will take place on the 30th of January, from 11.00 to 15.00 EET (Romania time zone), (which is 10.00 to 14.00 CET time / 09.00 to 13.00 UK time / GMT).
  • The workshop will be hosted on ZOOM.
  • During the 4 hours, we will have a few short breaks.
  • The participants should attend the whole duration of the workshop. During the sessions, it is required to be in a private space, without interruptions.

Group size: around 10 persons.

The guide of the workshop:

Bogdan Romanică – is a nature based human development guide, trained with the Animas Valley Institute from USA (organization founded by Bill Plotkin). He is serving Soul, Earth and Great Mystery by guiding people in immersions in the natural world and the realms of their psyches. He leads processes for wholing, self-healing and Soul exploration. Born in Romania, he is utterly in love with the Carpathian Mountains and the forests that spread not far from his city, Cluj-Napoca.

Financial contribution: 25€ – 50€

There is a sliding scale for this program, to make the process accessible to a wider range of participants. Please choose an amount within this range that feels good and reciprocal. Contribution can be done through PayPal, Revolut or bank transfer.


You can apply to this program by filling in the application form available at this link:


The application will go through a selection process. Those who are interested in participating, are invited to submit the application as soon as they can, but no later than 26th of January.

For more details write to romanica.bogdan@gmail.com

  • 30th of January
  • From 11.00 to 15.00 EET
  • Online (Zoom)
Sliding scale: 25€ – 50€