Rewilding Masculinities and Embodying the Future#
In our final module, we seek to collectively rewild the masculine. 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 restorying masculinity? Is it possible to embody better, ancestral-future scenarios of masculinity, and how do we establish communities to enable them? Building from our past weeks of learning together, how do we avoid universalising tendencies and essentialising, rigid binaries, and the impulse to make something “new”? How do we continue a lineage of work that is already being done? How do we look to ancient, alternative masculinities, while embracing our real, shared histories, to give life to a multiplicity of masculinities?
In our final week together, we look to restory and reclaim together: not to find one singular answer, but to open up more pathways and questions to bring to the future.
Ian MacKenzie #
Ian MacKenzie is a filmmaker and writer who lives on the Salish Sea with his partner and young son. For over 12 years, he’s been tracking the global emergence of new culture. From the desert of Burning Man to the heart of Occupy Wall St, he has sought and amplified the voices of visionaries, artists and activists who have been working toward planetary system change. He is most known for his films Sacred Economics, Amplify Her, Occupy Love, and Lost Nation Road. He has studied with Stephen Jenkinson at the Orphan Wisdom School since 2012, and Tamera Healing Biotope since 2015. In 2019, he founded The Mythic Masculine podcast and in 2020 he launched A Gathering of Stories.
Paul Pule #
Dr. Paul M. Pulé is an Australian social and environmental justice activist, ecopreneur and scholar. His research ponders the intersections between men, masculinities, and Earth through the lenses of Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities (CSMM), Environmental Philosophy and Feminist Care Theory, resulting in two books (Ecological Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Guidance; Men, Masculinities and Earth: Contending with the (m)Anthropocene, with a third book underway.