Last month, at an industrial loft in New Jersey, a few dozen men came together to deepen their connection with their souls, and with each other. This “men’s work” is some of the most challenging inner mountains most guys will ever climb. After all, what’s scarier than staring deep into another man’s eyes (who you just met) and sharing your closely-guarded secrets? If you’d rather eat a fermented chicken fetus, you’re not alone. This is the stuff that makes most men cringe, vomit, and run for the comfort of Netflix and a craft beer, but it’s also what unlocks untapped happiness and blows the lid off of personal growth. Man of Soul is a 5-hour stylish transformational experience. It’s a proactive approach to men’s group healing, designed to peel back the layers in a single conscious lifestyle event. Plus, it’s fresh AF. Hosted by the stylish men’s movement, Modern Renaissance Man (MRM), founders Voy Wiacek and Jose Alejandro are bridging the gap between lifestyle and well-being for men of purpose.
The OriginsBack in the day, Voy and Jose started MRM out of their living room. At first it was just a laid-back men’s book club/conscious men’s group. They were following their own inner calling for deeper explorations into identity and style, but before long, MRM evolved into a full-on consciousness brotherhood. Most men’s workshops focus on rebuilding after hitting rock bottom, but MRM curates an aesthetic that eases men in, resonates with their style, and helps them lean into the deep work.
The PurposeVulnerability + Leadership = Self-Discovery The modern world lacks some key tools for personal growth, primarily a safe space to be something other than the “tough guy” that most of us were all raised to be. MRM immerses men in vulnerability and accountability through community and discussion. Think you can reach your fullest potential as a lone wolf and without a fearless tribe? The chips are stacked against you. MRM harnesses the support of the tribe and the power of vulnerability. Believe it or not, with the right structure and trust, life-changing bonds can form overnight, and the result is a room full of relative strangers feeling seen, supported, and called forth into their highest potential. At Man of Soul MRM provided men with the resources to:
- Find clarity and purpose
- Discover true wisdom
- Create personal power
The ExperienceLo-fi hip hop beats filled the air, and the brothers, most of whom were meeting for the first time, made small-talk in the loft. Motorcycles, punching bags and rustic brick walls stamped a rugged bachelor-pad aesthetic on the scene. Sponsors like Nourished Meal Prep, Olala Empanadas and Vita Coco provided the fuel for the evening-to-come, and as the lights dimmed and tribal music eased in, Jose and Voy made their way to the front of the room. “Fellas, thank you for joining us tonight…You may be curious as to what this event is all about, perhaps you even hesitated when buying your ticket or driving here tonight. But one thing is for sure, you’ve all chosen to show up and accept this challenge.” In classic Balinese style, Voy led the group in a grounding cacao ceremony sponsored by Firefly Chocolate to set the intention for the night. With the vibes flowing strong, Jose introduced Jeddy Azuma, the keynote speaker for the evening: “It wasn’t that long ago that I had hit an emotional rock bottom and realized I was living my life through the educated mind —stuck on the surface of my untapped purpose, wisdom, and power. This lead me into a newfound spiritual journey, a search for deeper meaning and my true essence. Through this journey I stumbled upon a powerful mentor. Similar to me, this man had also gone through his own journey of turning pain into healing and had then turned this healing into an unshakable purpose.” Jeddy Azuma is the founder of The Rising Man Movement and leads journeys to mold the leaders of the future. As Jeddy gave a preview of the “work” they were about to dive into, he had three simple requirements:
- Speak your truth
- No judgement