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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.

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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

  • JP Spring 2024 - Lover
    JP Spring 2024 - Lover
    Fri, Apr 12
    Apr 12, 2024, 6:00 PM – Apr 14, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Camp Raven Knob, 266 Raven Knob Rd, Mt Airy, NC 27030, USA
    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 is Now Open! Space is limited so please sign up as soon as possible.
  • JP Fall 2024 - Magician
    JP Fall 2024 - Magician
    Fri, Oct 04
    Oct 04, 2024, 4:00 PM – Oct 06, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Camp Raven Knob, 266 Raven Knob Rd, Mt Airy, NC 27030, USA
    Oct 04, 2024, 4:00 PM – Oct 06, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Camp Raven Knob, 266 Raven Knob Rd, Mt Airy, NC 27030, USA
    Registration will open in August 2024
  • JP Winter 2025 - King
    JP Winter 2025 - King
    Fri, Jan 17
    Jan 17, 2025, 5:00 PM – Jan 19, 2025, 2:00 PM
    St John's River Valley Camp, 6211 NC-90, Collettsville, NC 28611, USA
    Jan 17, 2025, 5:00 PM – Jan 19, 2025, 2:00 PM
    St John's River Valley Camp, 6211 NC-90, Collettsville, NC 28611, USA
    Registration will open in November 2024
  • Summer 2024 - Warrior
    Summer 2024 - Warrior
    Date and time is TBD
    Date and time is TBD
    Location is TBA
    Date and time is TBD
    Location is TBA
    Registration will open in May 2024. Final dates and plans for the JP Summer will be available soon. 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.
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About Us

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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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