Welcome to the DC Chapter of Illuman


Illuman was birthed out of the remarkable work of Richard Rohr, O.F.M., and has spread to communities all over the world. Our Washington DC Region community of men is committed to living authentic, connected lives of love and service. We are fed by the wisdom traditions of forgiveness and radical inclusivity; we seek a life-changing spirituality; and we recognize the need to gather regularly to do our own inner work and to help others. We are part of a new generation of men’s work that explores true masculinity, honoring the beauty in all things, through the ancient tools of story, ritual, council and imagery. ALL ARE WELCOME. JOIN US.


men's rites of passage

 Think of this time as jumping into a life-changing stew where you simmer for five days in the transformational mix of silence, wilderness, and powerful ritual that holds the possibility of breaking open your heart, allowing you to see new possibilities for yourself, and creating "living questions" that will percolate within you and guide you for years to come.

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journey of illumination

The Journey of Illumination is a five-fold practice, informed by rich spiritual tradition, that invites you to show up and pay attention to the presence of God in your life. The goal of this path is to realize a full, intense and well-grounded spiritual journey.  In observing them all that is not important is stripped away, and you discover more deeply that which is deeply important.

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the way of council

Bring your pain, strength, power, weakness or whatever else it is that you are to address at this moment in life. Council is a place for you to tackle life head on, as awake and honest to what is your reality as you dare. It is also a place to practice a radical form of listening to others and to the Spirit. Council is a communal contemplative practice where we do our inner work in a group.

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illuman worldwide

Illuman is a global not for profit organization committed to supporting men who are seeking to deepen their spiritual lives. Illuman is open to all men based on the simple belief that we are all brothers.  While Illuman was founded in 2012, it emerged from the remarkable work of Men as Learners and Elders (M.A.L.Es) founded by Fr. Richard Rohr. 

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On Being: Interview with Richard Rohr

Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: male formation and what he calls “father hunger”; why contemplation is as magnetic to people now, including millennials, as it’s ever been; and how to set about taking the first half of life — the drive to “successful survival” — all the way to meaning.

Do you hunger to live the life you were meant for?