Adam Jackson and German Villegas lead our journey with a diagnosis of contemporary masculinities within a historical, social and cultural framework, with a focus on how wider sociocultural forces shape men’s relationships.
How can addressing the Mother Wound allow men to (re)establish a profound sense of connection to this earth, and to others, that they are deeply, and naturally longing for? How can we repattern through remothering, thereby restoring the feminine within the masculine and being in right relationship?
What does it mean to father a culture, and how can we, regardless of where we are on the spectrum of masculinity, participate in this fathering? What happens when there are few initiated men, and an absence of holding? How might we collaboratively, life-givingly, initiate and liberate generational men’s work?
What sorts of healthier masculinities can emerge from widening the spectrum of gender, and breaking the binary? Is there a role for navigating the distinction of “femininity” and “masculinity”? What are ways we can conceptualise and understand the distinction? And how do we do so while embracing fluidity?
How do the ghosts of an imperial past haunt us in the present? In the spirit of truly decolonising masculinity, we ask: if the solution is not to supplant an oppressive universalism with another, what might we learn from re-storying masculinities back into place and culture? Is rootedness the antidote, the decolonial medicine to the toxic masculinities we see today? How do we find our own medicines, right from where we are?
How do we reroot and reroute masculinities, in service of healing the earth? If masculinity has become a monoculturing myth within a dominator paradigm, how do we feed it as compost, back to the earth, and encourage its regeneration in a diverse, flourishing form? How do we develop and rediscover mythological frameworks for re-storying masculinity? Is it possible to embody better, ancestral-future scenarios of masculinity, and how do we establish communities to enable them?