Steve Biddulph, Author “Raising Boys” and “The New Manhood”

“The Rite Journey is one of the most exciting and well conceived ideas in boys’ education for a very long time.

It brings together the key concerns of initiating boys into fine young men, with its focus on the pressing concerns of safety, dealing with emotions, values, responsibility, and self awareness. It is dense in content and interaction, and uses powerful but simple ritual stages that will be long remembered and treasured.

It builds community among fathers, mothers, and teachers which would otherwise have been absent, and from this strength offers boys a real chance to become parts of something larger and long term.

Real manhood is about connectedness, not individualism, about giving, not self-centredness.

There are lots of good programs about, but nothing I have seen that is so comprehensive, sustained over time, and potentially so life changing for the boys involved. That it is accessible for all boys, regardless of income or family circumstance, at what is traditionally a rather uninspiring phase of their schooling is wonderful news.

It has potential for wide dissemination, turning a problematic time of life into a force for good..”