Founded by mentor and visionary Pete Bampton in 2009, the Men's Collective has evolved into a groundbreaking experiment that has radically transformed the lives of many men from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and nationalities.
We live in a time that is bereft of clear, contemporary, inspiring role models and developmental signposts for men. In western culture there is a general awareness of the oppression that women have and do endure in a patriarchal context, but it is a lesser known truth that men are also suffering under the weight of psychological and cultural patterning, largely shaped by patriarchal values.
Clearly if we men are to truly Awaken and come together in authentic Brotherhood in the 21st century we cannot return to the mythic dogmatisms and patriarchal rigidities of traditional masculine culture. We also want to transcend the materialistic bias of the modern male rational mind. However, perhaps most importantly for men in our time, we also have to unravel the distorting and depolarising impacts of a postmodern culture in which spiritually inspired, progressive men usually tend to morph into "sensitive new age guys", insidiously denying and suppressing the grit, spunk and pure passion of a healthily embodied masculine.
Authentic Masculinity is not "toxic", as "woke" postmodern messaging would have us all believe. Indeed, we feel that the discovery and actualisation of what some have called "the Sacred Masculine" is absolutely essential as we confront the next stage in the unfolding of our human story in this tipping point time of converging crises and multidimensional systemic reconfiguration.
We need to reclaim and thoroughly inhabit the strong warrior spine of our innate strength and courage while also allowing our hearts to be blown open by a ragged willingness to feel and to love so deeply that we will not only be enriched with greater sensitivity and compassion, but also empowered to risk everything by transcending our personal identity and the apparent limitations of conditional existence. Then we may begin to embody an enlightened individual and collective manhood such that we shine like shooting stars illuminating and forging new pathways, not only for "man"kind, but for humankind as a whole.
We have been inspired to launch this website because our hearts are overflowing and we feel we have so much to share about our individual and collective transformational process that reaches far beyond self-improvement, therapeutic healing and peak experiences.
So we welcome you to this website and invite you to take some time to feel our commitment, discipline, courage, raw vulnerability, wild laughter, ecstatic love, and the sacredness of our spiritual Brotherhood. It is our hope that through this initiative we will touch and connect with other men who may be inspired to come together co-creatively to forge pathways into an Awakened Manhood anchored in the Prior Unity of all in All.