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Men welcoming young men into their emerging adulthood

The Joshua Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful rites-of-passage experiences for young men moving into manhood, to exploring the meaning of mature masculinity with men and boys, and to providing a vehicle to encourage adult-youth mentoring relationships. 


While The Joshua Project forwards no particular religion or creed, it is dedicated to the encouragement of spiritual practices that inform a man's authentic nature.


The word initiation suggests beginnings and taking new steps, but it also means a thorough transformation through which we become our intended personality.

Michael Meade

Upcoming Retreats

  • Summer 2023 - Warrior
    Sat, Jun 24
    Location is TBA
    Jun 24, 7:00 AM – Jul 02, 7:00 AM
    Location is TBA
    Registration is now open. The Joshua Project Summer event is one weeklong experience for our young men, and the following weekend return experience for the elders to welcome the young men back into the village.
  • JP Fall 2023 - Magician
    Fri, Sep 29
    Holston Presbytery Camp
    Sep 29, 5:00 PM – Oct 01, 2:00 PM
    Holston Presbytery Camp, 6993 Hickory Nut Gap Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604, USA
    Registration opens July 9th 2023
  • JP Winter 2024 - King
    Fri, Jan 12
    St John's River Valley Camp
    Jan 12, 2024, 5:00 PM – Jan 14, 2024, 2:00 PM
    St John's River Valley Camp, 6211 NC-90, Collettsville, NC 28611, USA
    Registration will open November 2023
  • JP Spring 2024 - Lover
    Fri, Apr 12
    Camp Raven Knob
    Apr 12, 2024, 6:00 PM – Apr 14, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Camp Raven Knob, 266 Raven Knob Rd, Mt Airy, NC 27030, USA
    Registration will open in February 2024

About Us


Boys become men, but that “becoming” can be an arbitrary process, pushed one way or another by random chance and false initiations. Or, as has been done in traditional societies for thousands of years, young men can be consciously guided by experienced mentors to maturity realizing their individual strengths and character in a supportive community.

The Joshua Project was created by Philip Loydpierson, MSW in 1998 to fill just this role. Since then, dozens of young men have taken part in this innovative program.


Each season, the men retreat to a woodland encampment in North Carolina away from day-to-day distractions to provide a rites-of-passage experience and honor youths into their emergence as men.


While most of our participants come from the Charlotte, Boone, and Triangle regions of North Carolina, we welcome elders and young men from everywhere.

We all come from a history of needing to be acknowledged and blessed as we journey into adult lives. Without being held and supported in this transition time we can become lost... for a long long time. This work these men offer is saving lives and helping youth walk straight into their futures with courage, dignity, respect and joy!

Jeffery Duvall 

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