As a son, we learn what it is to be a man from our fathers. If the father is absent, either physically or emotionally, our idea of what it means to be a man comes from other men we have observed, or our mothers.
The father/son relationship is crucial in our development as men. We unknowingly re-enact the negative lessons that our fathers taught us. For example, if we were put down, ridiculed, or never touched by our fathers then we become afraid to trust other men.
To change, we must do the inner work that our fathers did not know how to do. We celebrate the deep masculine core of social, spiritual, and psychological qualities of being a man. When we connect with the deep masculine, we learn to find a comfortable balance in being strong without oppressing, being powerful without overpowering, and in taking control without controlling.
A three-night Rites of Passage Retreat is a perfect way for a father and son together to celebrate the child's "coming of age." It will yield a bond that lasts a lifetime.
Strengthening the father-son relationship also enhances the other relationships within the family, with the mother and siblings.
For more information on the father-son relationship go to our All Seasons Healing Publications page.