A cry filled the air of the dark October night, piercing the warmth of the fire with a chill much colder than the recent evenings at 8,000 feet. The scream didn’t quite seem of this world: it was part human, animal and mystery. Something was unleashing a voice of longing and letting go, anger and grief, shame and sadness. The tingling it sent through our bodies lasted far longer than the cry ringing through the clear, starry night.
~ from “Go Wild”, Dennis Kiley & Rob Schene
For many years, I have been fascinated by ritual and none moreso than the Vision Quest.
Largely lost in the modern age, the vision quest is an ancient rite whereby a young, adolescent male goes into nature for a set period of time and returns an adult, a man. Having fended for himself, contacted nature in a direct way and opened more fully to himself and the universe, he is ready for adulthood and the responsibility this carries.
At no point in our history do we need rites such as vision quests moreso than now and Dennis Kiley and Rob Schene (amongst others) seek to fill that void.
A few months ago, I read an article entitled “Go Wild” on the Good Men Project (linked below in the show notes) written by Dennis and Rob and was compelled to reach out to them for an interview. The article evokes a primal masculine instinct, latent within each of us, which is largely suppressed and unknown.
My aim with this interview was to get a bit closer to understanding this from Dennis and Rob, and hopefully inspire in each you who listen, a deeper desire to go wild…
(For prior episodes of the Lifestyle Arts Podcast, feel free to listen in here or subscribe via iTunes here)
Men’s Vision Quests Website (led by Dennis & Rob)
“Go Wild” on the Good Men Project
Dennis Kiley website
Rob Schene website
Rob author suggestions:
Rob suggested movies:
The Mask You Live In
Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers (start here)
Dead Poets Society
Dennis Kiley resources:
Conscious Men’s Summit
The Attraction Machine Coaching Program
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