The UNcivilized Father & Son Initiation

The Journey Into Masculinity That You and Your Son NEED To Take Together

Let’s unlock the dimensions of healing, empowerment, and initiation that men can’t unlock alone.

Let’s unlock the dimensions of healing and empowerment men can’t unlock alone.

June 11th–14th 2024 · Jefferson, CO
(1pm Tuesday – 1pm Friday)

What is the UNcivilized Father & Son Initiation?

This is the UNcivilized answer to the drastic decline in young men’s initiation ceremony in the western world.

It’s no secret that young men in the Civilized world today are being “initiated” through social media, porn, and the internet. Fathers who have never been Initiated struggle to find the ways to properly Initiate their sons into a healthy paradigm of masculinity.

Our young men are being cut off from their hearts and their inner power to play the roles they see portrayed from generations before that have landed us in this place of masculine role confusion.

Teenage boy in bed, looking up from his phone

Throughout history, young men have begun their journey into mature masculinity through the power of community, mentorship, challenge, ceremony and with the guidance of the wisdom of their elders.

It’s time for a change to the way young men enter manhood in the west. This is the Initiation that fathers are longing for, and the one that young men don’t know they need.

Group of young men gathered around a bonfire

Here at UNcivilized we believe in the profound power of the father-son bond, and we are committed to nurturing this relationship for the benefit of both the individual and the world.

We aim to empower fathers to be life-long positive role models, mentors, and pillars of support for their sons, and to equip sons with the wisdom and resilience to navigate life’s challenges while remaining true to themselves.

We are driven by the conviction that the initiation into UNcivilized masculinity is not a solitary endeavor but a legacy passed from one generation to the next and the ultimate secret to changing the world.


Please direct all questions to [email protected]

Starting Tuesday afternoon, June 11th, 2024 we’re taking a group of fathers and sons through a powerful and transformative process using the wilderness, somatic group work, decades of therapeutic wisdom, exploration of your deep nature, and breathwork.

This powerful experience is for fathers looking to unlock the best versions of themselves faster than they ever could on their own, and to guide their sons on the path of masculinity we were never taught as young men.

If you’re reading this and are ready to step into your next evolution as a father and to lead your son through his initiation into fully expressed and healthy masculinity WE WANT YOU WITH US.

For FOUR days and THREE nights in a closed container we will commune as fathers and sons, learn as men, and live as men.

This workshop is not for the uncommitted or the faint of heart. It will challenge you, change you, and change how you walk in the world as a man.

Are you in?

Group shot of the Initiation participants

Please direct all questions to [email protected]


Hear what our past participants have to say about their experience at the UNcivilized Men's Initiation.

I know what you're thinking...

“It sounds great in theory, but is it really possible?”

Can you really...

  • Release yourself of society’s baggage around what it means to be a man and father and live without apology
  • Radically shift your experience and that of those around you by deeply embracing the primal within you
  • Connect to a power beyond yourselves to gain guidance, wisdom, and connection
  • Learn how to be a beacon of safety for yourself and those around you
  • Free yourself from past traumas and deeply buried pain so you can breathe again
  • Confront the ways you’re numbing, avoiding, and running from what scares you the most — YOUR POWER
Oh yes, you most certainly can.
Michael Gay leading a workshop


David Boyd

David is the President of UNcivilized Inc, a men’s coach, a workshop facilitator, a husband, a father, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the war in Afghanistan, an ex-MMA fighter, a CrossFit coach, and a former first responder who served as a firefighter, a 911 telecommunicator, and lastly as a local law enforcement officer with nearly 20 years of combined service.

David has been working with youth in a variety of roles as a coach and mentor for over 20 years.

After leaving public service David has dedicated his life to helping men from all walks of life, young and old, to overcome obstacles and build resiliency in the lives they deserve to be living. David has also been working with youth as a coach, and character and leadership mentor for nearly two decades!

Duey Freeman

Duey Freeman, MA LPC

Duey has decades of experience teaching and working with people in a therapeutic context, as well as living in connection with nature and his horses. He has a potent ability to find the simple but profound core of otherwise stiflingly complex issues. In this time, he will take you through teachings and experiential processes to help you uncomplicate yourself and your relationships, and find real ground you can move from.

You can find out more about him here.

Mike Danson

Mike is a Teen Coach, men’s coach, proud United States Marine Corps veteran, 200-hour RYT yoga instructor, trauma informed yoga teacher, armed security guard, welder, pipe-fitter's apprentice, paramedic, and barber to name a few of the diverse paths he has walked.

Mike’s life has been filled with many experiences allowing him to connect with everyone he meets “where they’re at”. Now he has focused his energy on learning and building opportunities for the next generation in the UNcivilized Teen program.

Traver Boehm


Traver is a long-time apprentice to the sources of strength and vitality in human beings. He sees that when men get connected to their deep nature, both Primal and Divine, they become connected to the places where real leadership, contact, honesty, and power come from. In this time, Traver will guide you on how to connect to and live from these places inside you.

***Tuesday Only***

You can find out more about him here.


Spaces are limited. This will sell out.


Please direct all questions to [email protected]

The UNcivilized Father & Son Initiation

The Journey Into Masculinity That You and Your Son NEED To Take Together

will take you on a journey through:



The primal
and Divine

Framing your new paradigm of masculinity 




How to build authentic relationships 



The Wild

How to work with anger, grief, fear, and shame




Identifying and shifting Entitlement into fierce & unapologetic expression




Letting go of control and creating trust in every relationship



The Wild

Learning to harness your inner compass out in the wilderness




Creating a new relationship with your darkness and your ability to lead




Creating a new template for relating to the feminine



The Power
of Breath

A group Breathwork experience to release what is buried deep within you and powerfully reset your nervous system

Bonus #1

Fire & The Mountain — Guided Morning Meditation For Leaders.

Start your day on fire with your head, heart and balls all connected.

Bonus #2

The Man UNcivilized

This course is how you go from white belt to black belt as a man.

Here’s what some of our graduates of our work have told us:

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I can put my life into two chapters — before and after meeting Traver Boehm. His guidance has shifted everything drastically. I am the man I am today because of him and his teachings.
–J.R., Los Angeles, CA

One day I picked up a copy of a book with a gorilla on the cover and my life has never been the same since. I know this because I’m still alive and I’m still married, two things I’m not sure I’d be having not found Traver and his work.
–S.L., Boulder, CO

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I am incredibly fortunate to have had Duey as a teacher and mentor! His unconditional acceptance, soulful honesty, strength, warmth, and unique teachings not only influence my work with clients but also have made me a better mother, wife and human. Duey walks his talk and opens his heart. He helped me be developed instead of damaged by my personal challenges. If anyone out there has an opportunity to work with Duey Freeman – do it! His way of being is transformational and he changed my life!
–Katy S.

Sitting across from Duey Freeman is the closest I have come to seeing myself as I am and who I would like to be as a man. His presence is that of a sentinel tree, deeply rooted with branches forming a vast embrace, a beacon in the landscape of a battered world.

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This was by far the most unexpected powerful experience of my entire life.  Not only did I find myself through this journey, I let go of things no longer serving me, and for the first time, I truly love myself.  There are no words in the English dictionary that captures the power of a group of men coming together, ready to do the work. The most inspiring few days that will forever be embedded in my soul. 

Life is good again!

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you ready to love yourself and find your renewed sense of purpose? If yes to one or both of those questions then this is where you need to be!

So much love and gratitude to the men at UNcivilized.
-D.S., Sacramento, CA

Traver Boehm leading a workshop

This workshop is perfect if you want to:

  • Own your masculine power
  • Understand how to hold heart-led powerful boundaries and lead your son into adulthood
  • Release the past that’s holding your relationship back from the power of trust and growth together as a team
  • Embrace your deepest power and innate wildness
  • Let go of your limiting beliefs and implanted stories about who you are and what you’re capable of
  • Create a new relationship with the very land you walk on daily


You’re either living your fantasy daily or you’re fantasizing. YOUR CHOICE.

The power of initiation is one to be deeply embraced and it’s the most rewarding journey you and your son can ever take together —

It’s the journey to freedom, truth, and authenticity.

Join us. Now.


Please direct all questions to [email protected]


Truly a one-of-a-kind experience on 5 acres of natural beauty in Jefferson, CO.

The lodge common space
The lodge bedroom
The lodge bedroom
The lodge camping site
The lodge outside view
The lodge drone shot

The Father & Son Initiation includes:

UNcivilized Initiation group photo

  • 4-Day Workshop entry for you and your son (additional participant slots are available for fathers wishing to bring more than one son)
  • Private chef/3 Paleo-esque meals a day
  • Full meals, snacks, teas, coffees, juices (ALL non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Lodging — Shared occupancy bunk rooms: you’ll sleep in a twin size bed in a shared room.OR you can bring your tent and camp out on the beautiful land.
  • The Fire and the Mountain Meditation
  • The Man UNcivilized Online Course

Payment plans available.
Flights and Transportation are not included.

Father and son participating in workshop

Paid in Full Option




When does the Father & Son Initiation Retreat take place?

The Father & Son Initiation starts on Tuesday, June 11th at 1pm, and we wrap up on Friday, June 14th at 1pm.

What age range young men are invited to attend?

The Father & Son Initiation is designed for fathers and their 14-18 year old sons.  There will be discussions around more mature content that is not suitable for pre-teen youth.

What’s the facility like there?

Here is a LINK to the retreat property.

What’s the best way to arrive?

If you’re flying, plan to fly into Denver then you have about a 2-hour drive. Carpools can be arranged on your own through the group Telegram Channel.

What kind of food will we be eating?

We’ve got an amazing private chef who will be making sure you’re stuffed throughout the workshop. We’re going Paleo’esque with the aim to be eating unprocessed foods with lots of meat and veggies.

Will there be coffee?

Are you out of your mind?! Of course there will be.

Is it ok for me to show up with physical limitations?

Absolutely. Although there will be physical components to the workshop, all that is needed is your presence and willingness to do your best. This is not a competition.

I have more than one son I would like to attend with me, can I bring both?

Definitely!  Please contact [email protected] and we can invoice you for the extra slot seperately.

Can I purchase this for someone I love?

100%. Please email [email protected] and my team will take care of you.

Outdoor activities during the Initiation

Please direct all questions to [email protected]