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Mana
Brotherhood
Retreat

6 days 
Adventure and Self Discovery
Oct 22-27, 2024

Encounter yourself in the remote Waimanu Valley of Hawaii

Join us for an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, adventure, and authentic brotherhood. Embrace independence and community, courage and vulnerability, as we explore the rugged beauty of Waimanu Valley.

 

Prepare to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with yourself  and nature while forging lifelong bonds and finding your true path.

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A playful sense of adventure

In today's world, where the pressures of traditional masculinity often suppress authentic expression, we invite men to rediscover the joy of curiosity and playfulness. Embracing a playful sense of curiosity allows us to explore new perspectives, challenge societal norms, and cultivate deeper connections with ourselves and others. Join us in the lush valleys of Hawaii, where the spirit of adventure awaits, and together, let's redefine masculinity with a sense of wonder and possibility.

What is Masculinity?

Explore the age-old question, 'What does it mean to be a man?' amidst the serene landscapes of Mana Brotherhood Retreat. Here, surrounded by the untamed beauty of Hawaii's Waimanu Valley, we encourage moments of solitary reflection. Take time to ponder, to unravel, and to define your own path of masculinity. In the quiet embrace of nature, discover the answers that resonate with your soul, and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and authenticity.

Brotherhood

We recognize the profound impact of brotherhood and mutual support on personal growth and fulfillment. In a world where men are often encouraged to face their challenges alone, we offer a sanctuary where camaraderie flourishes and bonds are forged in the fires of shared experiences. We create a space where men can lean on each other, celebrate each other's victories, and navigate life's complexities together.

 

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Travel and Transformation

When we step outside of our known environments we have an opportunity to encounter ourselves with a fresh vision.  We can allow the old identities to fall away and make a home for ourselves within the calm, still core of our being.  This trip will open your eyes to new worlds where you will rediscover a connection to authenticity and wonder.

Daily Structure

Day 1

Arrive in Hawaii 

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Arrive in Kailua-Kona on the wayward shores of Hawaii Island.  Meet your hosts and fellow journeymen at the staging and preparation site.  (Steve's private residence)

Distribute food and gear as necessary. Group campfire and kava ceremony, where we will set intentions for the retreat.  Camp on site.

*Optional: Cold plunge!  

Day 2

Hike into Waimanu Valley

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Travel into sacred Waipio Valley (the valley of the ancient kings) to the the Muliwai Trail: a 9 mile challenging and scenic route renowned for its breathtaking views, steep switchbacks, and rugged, untouched beauty of the Hamakua Coast.  

Arrive at Waimanu Valley, a remote and spectacularly pristine area accessible only by foot. No cell service, no outside world, only nature. 

Set up camp, working together to gather resources such as drinking water and firewood. 

Day 3

Wake up on the edge of the world.

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Group exploration of the valley, day hiking to waterfalls, team bonding.

The valley floor of Waimanu is a breathtaking tapestry of lush greenery, with towering cliffs surrounding it on three sides, creating a dramatic backdrop. Within the valley, hikers can find a series of streams and waterfalls cascading down the cliffs, the most famous being Waihilau Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Hawaii, plunging hundreds of feet in a single drop. The area is rich in native flora and fauna, offering a glimpse into the ecological diversity of Hawaii's landscapes.

Day 4

Going Deeper

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Exploring our independence – A day of silent reflection in the Valley. Explore on your own.  Find a spot to sit with yourself.  Journal.  Ask the big questions. Meditation, and solo self-reflection.  

 

Reconvene in late afternoon to share and cook together.

Day 5

Clarity and Wisdom

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Final Day in the Valley.  Integrate insights.  Exist in a way that is open and free.  Allow for more of your authenticity to come through.  Get to clarity on how you want to show up in the world.  

Closing Ceremony

Day 6

Hike out as you are born into the world again.

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Break camp early and hike out of the valley.  Share a feast and a sunset at Kua Bay. 

 

Transport to Airport or to other accommodations if you are choosing to extend your stay on the island.

 

Optional: Shower, laundry, Campout one final night at the staging site before you fly out the next day. 

What's Included: 

  • Transportation

  • Remote Valley Permits

  • Hiking Meals

  • Time with Yourself

Not Included: 

  • Flights

  • Personal Camping Gear (Rentals can be arranged) 

  • Travel insurance

  • Gratuities

Cost: $650

The Team and our Vision

Steve Schaffer and Bob Fisk have come together to establish the Mana Brotherhood Retreat, driven by a shared commitment to nurturing holistic masculinity and addressing the profound need for genuine male connections in today's culture. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds in personal development, endurance feats, and community leadership, they offer a comprehensive approach to masculinity, integrating mind, body, and spirit. Through immersive experiences in the stunning landscapes of Hawaii, participants are invited to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, adventure, and brotherhood.

 

At the Mana Brotherhood Retreat, Bob and Steve create a space where men can open up, challenge themselves, and forge deep connections with like-minded individuals. With an inclusive and empowering leadership style, they guide participants towards embracing their true selves and fostering meaningful relationships. Join Bob and Steve in exploring the path to personal growth and self-discovery, surrounded by the beauty and serenity of Hawaii's natural wonders.

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