“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”


– Marianne Williamson

Take off the mask.

Face your greatness.

For Aspiring Young Men Age 15+

4 days, 3 nights, 1 unforgettable experience. Forge is a transformational weekend for male teens and young adults 15+ with a focus on connection, play, challenge, and honoring.

Participants are held in sacred space by a team of experienced facilitators, guides and elders as they set a course for authenticity and belonging. Through our journey together we will identify our common and unique barriers to being our fullest selves as we support one another to face our fears, claim our gifts, and take 100% responsibility for leading an inspired life.

Core activities include embodiment practices, council, motivational coaching, storytelling, games, and genuine connection in nature and around a fire.



DATES: August 16-19

LOCATION: Vashon Island, WA

COST: $600 – $1,000 (Sliding Scale ) *



“The experience was completely life changing – actually 100% life changing. I haven’t felt this good. Ever.”

– Youth

“There really are no words that do justice to how much gratitude I have for Journeymen to be a part of my son’s life – thank you – never underestimate the impact you are making in so many lives.”

– Parent

“The Quest showed me how to love myself and to trust what I was doing in life.”

– Youth

This transformational weekend will help young men:

  • Feel seen, accepted, and honored

  • Identify and claim their unique gifts

  • Build meaningful relationships with peers, mentors and elders

  • Expand their capacity for presence and play in a device-free space

  • Increase self-confidence by facing challenges in a safe, supported way

  • Grow their connection to nature and community


Ready to Feel The Heat?

Who It's For

Forge is for boys and young men (15+) approaching their transition into early adulthood – this weekend initiation will spark the fire of healthy young adulthood through a range of intentional activities that expose participants to new ways of seeing themselves, their relationships, and their purpose in life.


What is a Rite of Passage (ROP)?2019-12-23T20:24:22-08:00

A rite of passage is a ceremony and marks the transition from one phase of life to another. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, it does refer to any of life’s transitions (Births and Beginnings, Initiations, Partnerings, and Endings or Death). There are many passages in our lives we can choose to mark and celebrate.

What if we don’t have any camping gear?2019-12-23T19:59:10-08:00

Not a problem! We do our best to accommodate each family’s needs and, with enough notice,can try to find any items that you might need for the experience. We have also teamed up with the WTA (Washington Trails Association) and on occasion have access to their lending ‘Gear Library’.

What if my child doesn’t want to participate?2023-02-27T11:54:05-08:00

It is important to us that your child says “Yes” to the experience. We’ve found that it can often be detrimental to the child and the group when brought to an experience against their will.

That said, it is not uncommon for a teen to initially resist an experience proposed by their parent or guardian. In this case, our staff team is always willing to hop on a call to chat with you and/or your child about Journeymen + One Village, the experience, and answer any questions/concerns they might have before making a decision.

We’ve found that once youth have a better understanding of what they’re committing to and who he’ll be engaging with – they are much more empowered to make an informed decision that is in their overall best interest.

Is Journeymen a religious organization?2020-12-07T14:33:46-08:00

Journeymen Institute is not affiliated with any religious group or church.

We look to our external and internal environments for inspiration, wisdom, and guidance. Finding our place in nature is both fun and healthy.

I can’t afford this offering. Do you have Financial Aid?2020-12-09T16:56:11-08:00

Journeymen is committed to maximizing inclusion and access for participants who are unable to afford our courses and are otherwise qualified to enroll.

In recognition of historic and ongoing economic disadvantage, participants identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & Person of Color) may opt to waive Course Fees (except the required $25 processing fee), and/or pay what you wish/can toward enrollment.

We believe that finances should not prevent anyone from receiving the support they need to thrive. Simply select the “Financial Aid” option during the registration process.

How are mentors selected?2020-08-27T16:59:32-07:00

All mentors participate in an intensive 8-hour training and submit to a full background check process.


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