The movie Avatar (2009) was written and directed by James Cameron. In this spectacular film, we are given the story of an American man (a former soldier in a wheelchair, named Jake Sully), who agrees to travel to the planet of Pandora to support a team of scientists who are attempting to make friends (and be allies) with the natives there (the Na’vi clan).
In the process of serving his country while on Pandora, Jake first uses new technology to transfer his consciousness into a Na’vi body in the science laboratory. The Na’vi body has been grown prior with Jake’s genetic material (that came from his identical brother who was on the science team for years).
The genetically created version of the Na’vi hybrid is called “Jake’s Avatar.” With his new avatar body, Jake can run, jump, and enjoy the Pandora planet without needing a wheelchair. In doing so, Jake feels literally reborn with the help of his avatar.
At the end of each day inside his avatar body, Jake needs to return his consciousness to the human world and deal with his body in a wheelchair while living with his science team members.
In this movie, Jake essentially learns that with the help of his avatar, the world on Pandora feels more alive, vibrant, and meaningful. He is awakening to his own inner true self, as well as to a life that carries more meaning. Jake is in the process of transforming physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, psycho-cosmologically, and communally.
Why Avatar for Men Now?
The film Avatar (2009), which was nominated for several academy awards and was still the highest grossing movie of all time as of December 2022, is one of the most potent, consciousness-raising movies of the last fifty years.
Over several decades, I’ve been passionate about helping men raise their consciousness. Avatar is a great key to help men unlock their consciousness potential. The social and cultural conditioning for most U.S. men over-emphasizes the importance of success, achievement, and status. When men are not more conscious, authentic, relational, and fulfilled, they seek external validation rather than cultivating healthy self-esteem from within.
Avatar can be a source of inspiration and reflection for men. Through the Avatar Retreat, men learn how to prioritize their own personal growth and well-being. This aids in alleviating some pressure to conform to societal and cultural expectations. As a result, participants can experience expanded consciousness, greater authenticity, and more fulfilling relationships with themselves and others.
Throughout the retreat together, we’ll be inviting you to reflect more deeply regarding the major themes. You’ll be given prompts on paper, and space to reflect and write your reflections. Your experience of this retreat and of the teachings involved is an opportunity to explore your own sacred dance with the following:
- Intentional awakening and expanding of consciousness by cutting the ropes that hold down our inner hot air balloon
- Transformation via sacrifice
- Departure, adventure, resurrection, return
- Epiphanies of life
- Facing your own necessary death(s)
- Purposeful maturation
- Embodied, or engaged authenticity
- Living in the ever-widening rings of being, and
- Giving back, paying it forward, and sharing your giftedness with the world.
“Awaken, in order to die–so that you can truly live.” –Jeffry
Participants connect with other men of good character, make time for their own deep reflection and growth, and find their wild, untamed edge of spiritual expansion.
Together We Investigate the Following Elements
- The thematic arc and elements of the hero’s journey.
- The essential elements of traditional initiation.
- Four central spiritual dimensions highlighted throughout Avatar.
- How ancient Hindu and Māori mythologies dance with elements of Native American cultures in the film.
Participants link the investigative elements outlined in the description above to gain personal growth and spiritual expansion. Typical outcomes include the following:
- Identification of one’s path of sacrifice on the road to initiation of higher consciousness.
- Personal applications of the hero’s journey.
- Recognition of how initiation elements manifest in one’s life experience.
- Expanded awareness and consciousness regarding treating others unjustifiably.
This weekend, in-person gathering includes 12 hours of my teachings and facilitation. The standard daily framework is outlined below:
|Day and Time
|Activities and Themes
7 PM to 10 PM
9:15 AM to 11 AM
|Exploration of Consciousness
Three Levels of Consciousness
1 PM to 2 PM
|Where Transformation and Wounding Support Consciousness
4 PM to 5 PM
|The Relationship between Sacrifice and Transformation (Making Things Sacred)
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
|The Hero’s ARC of Development
Connections and Accountability
10 AM to 11 AM
|Understanding the Integration of Masculine and Feminine Energy
Summaries and Takeaways
Retreat Host Responsibilities
The hosts are responsible for providing the following:
- A working copy of the film Avatar (2009).
- Audio and visual technology to adequately present the film.
- Private meeting space.
- Easel, flipchart, and markers.
- Printed handouts in sufficient quantity (facilitator will provide the file ahead of time).
“I have a greater awareness of the hero’s journey through watching the Avatar movie. I appreciated Jeffry’s teachings, discussion, council circles and conversations with many loving men.”
“Having the focus on the teachings found in the movie Avatar was intriguing. The weekend container and discussions were easy to follow and be part of. Excellent connection and facilitation! Deeply grateful. Great weekend! Thank you!!!”
“Discovering my Avatar was a new experience for me. I’m not sure yet how to use my Avatar. Making a sacrifice (at the sacred altar) so that I may grow was fantastic for me. Using the language of soul (image) to articulate my sacrifice and reconnection with self, spirit, others, creation….Super!”
“In the Avatar movie, Jake’s courage led to rebirth, and it was life-giving. It reminded me of my own self-care and inner work to have the courage to do the right thing and stand up and speak up. I must have the courage to speak up. I thought about Jeffry’s word, ‘Sacrifice’ and I need to find the healthy sacrifice in my own inner world, it is worth fighting for.”
“Deep takeaways from this retreat: My blunder is my friend. Journey of authenticity – what must die in me? Death and resurrection/paschal mystery theme. Nice mix of movie, questions, background, sharing, ritual, and self-reflection. Thanks to you, Jeffry.”