I signed up for Males Rite of Passage without knowing what I was letting myself in for. I had a vague idea of what initiation was but couldn’t place how it would be relevant in 2012 in Ireland. Some of the initiated men who met at the monthly MALES meetings at Marley were quietly encouraging and suggested it would be 5 days well spent.

They were correct. Taking part in the MROP was time well spent. Time very well spent. It was one of the most powerful experiences of my 46 years to date. On almost every level, emotionally, psychically, and spiritually.

Wounds were revealed, hurts exposed.

Tears were shed.

Bonds were forged.

I will never forget my 5 days in Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow in June 2012.

David, MROP 2012.