Reconnect to the Soul of the Masculine
An Online Event via Zoom
Wednesday, July 12 | 7:00 pm Eastern
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As the winds of change have blown through our culture, the public conversation about what it means to be a man is in flux.

Men’s lives are meant to be driven by a certain purposefulness. Where can a man look to find the best way to move, how to be, in these times?


Sacred Fire LifeWays presents

Reconnect to the Soul of the Masculine

An interview with Don David Wiley
With Lawrence Messerman and Lee Skinner

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
7:00 pm Eastern | Online via Zoom


Escape the polarized sound bytes of popular media’s conversation and hear a perspective about masculinity that is rooted in thousands of years of human experience. Join us for a conversation with tradition holder Don David Wiley, an elder shaman in both the indigenous Huichol and Nahua cultures of Mexico. Through his experiences as a tradition holder, healer, ceremonialist and teacher, Don David is uniquely positioned to offer nuanced views about the role of the sacred masculine, views that have persisted through out very long periods of time.

Interviewing Don David will be Lawrence Messerman, a Huichol mara’akame, husband, and initiated Firekeeper and Speaker for Sacred Fire International, and Lee Skinner, a Nahua granicero, husband, father and vice president of a local business. These two men will bring questions for an unrehearsed conversation with don David for this live event.

What’s behind society’s changing relationship with masculinity? What does a traditional indigenous perspective offer to clarify the confusion about what it means to be a man today? What is “sacred” about being a man?

Through this conversation—which will include time for audience questions at the end—men will experience a nature-based, wisdom-way perspective that serves men and their lives at home, at work, and in their communities.

Discover new confidence and direction, about how and why the “masculine role” is needed now more than ever. Join us for this engaging exploration.


  • Don David Wiley

    Don David Wiley is a teacher, elder and a founder of Sacred Fire community. He is well-known in traditional circles as one who lends his body as a human vessel to be the “god-speaker man” for Grandfather Fire. He is a healer, ceremonialist, and ritual leader in two ancestrally related indigenous traditions from Mexico—the Huichol mara ákame path and the Quiapaquiz path of Nahuatl weather working.

  • Lawrence Messerman

    Lawrence Messerman has been an avid student of Grandfather Fire for 25 years. He is a mara’akame (initiated healer and ritual leader in the Huichol tradition from Mexico) and has been involved with Sacred Fire in various capacities: as an initiated Firekeeper and an organizer of several core LifeWays programs, including the initiation and mentoring of young adults and Ukilái: A Gathering of Men. He is a past Executive Director of Sacred Fire and currently serves as its Speaker. He and his wife Jessica hold community fires along with their friend Sherry Boatright in Carrollton, GA.

  • Lee Skinner

    Lee Skinner is a husband, a father, a son, a brother, manager of a small business, and, last but not least, he has been walking the path of a Quiapaquiz from the Nahua tradition for the last 20 years. As a father to two young children and the Vice President of a local business he spends much of his days attempting to learn to juggle home and work in a more balanced way. As a Quiapaquiz, or Weather Worker in the English language, he is a tradition holder who acts as an emissary for his community in relation to the divine forces of weather.


Registration is open.

Your registration fee includes access to the program recording. Reconnect to the Masculine with Confidence and Direction is of particular benefit when attended LIVE, so you can benefit from instruction and dialog with the presenter. Recordings are for the benefit of those who are unable to attend or are unexpectedly called away. Recordings are for the registration holder; please do not share your recording with others.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
7:00-8:30 pm EDT (Americas)
4:00-6:30 pm PDT (Americas)

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$30 Fee includes the program recording whether or not you can attend the live event.


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