Mencraft Initiation and Personal Quest for Men

Mencraft - Initiation and Personal Quest for Men

Mencraft is Initiation  and personal quest  conducted as a rites of passage for men who long to grow in their inner leadership and self transformation.

Every Man aspires to stand in his full capability and express his immense potential and presence in all aspects of life. He is born with a purpose waiting to be lived. And when he can gain clarity of that purpose, he suddenly feels liberated and light. 

Initiation is about connecting with life, understanding the cosmos, and finding ones own belonging in it

Through a process of Initiation and personal quest, a man can come closer to clarity of his lifes purpose. Initiation liberates him to operate from the immense power and responsibility of his ‘true nature’. accessing this ‘true nature’ involves stepping beyond limitations, conformity…..into the unknown. In this choiceful place of not knowing, he finds the seeds that will grow beyond his limitations and victimhood into a mature man.

The initiation process is a journey of  many outer and inner challenges away from home and familiarity that brings a man intoa state of surrender and powerlessness in the grand scheme of  universe. From this state of surrender and powerlessness he finds his own wisdom, power and vitality and learns to use them with responsibility and care. 

He comes face to face with his fears, shame, guilt and anger in the presence of other men and elders. He finds the courage to accept his past, align and integrate his inner self and undergoes healing in the presesce of his own being,  nature, other men. In the process he senses, feels and honours his own primodial knowing that he had forgotten below his conditioning. 

When we listen to the elements of nature, the oceans, the trees, the sky, the mountains, the earth, the fire, we are seen and heard and witnessed by these elders. Our deep questions are answered, our energies are lifted and that helps us heal from within. 

In the embrace of mother nature man steps into his own true nature and discovers his gift that he wants to share with the world.  He learns to value his own life, his fellow humans and the life in all other forms. He steps into service of life from his being by finding and sharing his innate gift with others. 

About Mencraft:

Mencraft is a Men’s initiation journey and personal quest creating possibilities and space for men's healing, growth and evolution. The connection men experience in the initiation rites of passage and the regular sacred brotherhood circles is deeply enriching and fulfilling. 

To know about and participate in the sacred brotherhood circles visit

At the heart of authentic masculinity is something that a growing up adolescent boy must choose to embrace and be initiated by the elder men in his culture. at times due to absence of initiation, men remain in this adolescents phase and struggle through life in toxic masculinity that is not initiated into its maturity.  At other times men loose touch with their core essence and need to go on a personal quest to rediscover who they are and their purpose in life. 

Authenticity is the most important aspect.
An authentic person is true to his own personality.
He is himself,
acts from his own motives,
is aware of what he wants
and what he stands for.

Mencraft offers a rites of passage journey for initiation and personal transformation of men and a sacred brotherhood that they can be part of.

To join the mencraft initiation and personal quest apply at

Need for Mencraft as a Initiation Journey

To become a Man and to know that he has become a Man, he must go through many growth phases to mature Masculinity. Boys have a deep longing for guidance of an elder men to know what his life is all about and who he is as a man. Boys need a mature father, or a mature man as a guide, or group of men who can show him his authentic nature and teach all the skills and behaviors required to be a Mature Man.

Sadly, for many boys and men today, adolescence may be the end of boyhood, but it does not signal a smooth transition into mature character and belonging of a man. Mencraft is designed to help such men to step into their mature masculinity.

This primordial nature of Masculinity is deep rooted in every boy and can only be accessed through help of a mature father, a mature man or fellowship of men and can't be learnt in any other place, it can't be learned in school, from other boys or from women.

Mens Initiation is not prerogative of  psychology or personal development. It is a cosmic event where every men has to go through the phases of Separation and be in a Liminal space in the lap of mother nature.

In olden traditions and that of the gurukul, and among the sadhus, shamans, sufis, mauris, boys were initiated in the wilderness, away from home into becoming mature Men.

The result of abandoning the masculine initiation is a world of unfinished and uninitiated men, struggling, striving, sulking, uncertain, angry and without a purpose in life leading to toxic masculinity. 

It's imperative that for boys to become men they need to be initiated, undergo a process, journey and many experiences in the path to realise their fullest masculine nature and potential to make this world a better place.

Mencraft is one such brotherhood to support initiation of men and create a safe space for their growth, evolution, healing and transformation. 

Mencraft rights of passage journey can not only lead to deep personal healing but  healing for the  feminine and the community, which is so much needed in a world of toxic masculinity and patriarchy.

Intention and Objective for Mencraft

  • Rediscovering our natural energetic compass to navigate through our relationships with the feminine and the world in general
  • Connecting with the universe and ones own primodial essence.
  • Letting go of conditioning that brings up fear, shame, guilt and grief. 
  • Mastering the energy of anger, (which is the masculine expression of old wounds) and channeling it for being in service of the world.
  • Mastering all our dependencies, be it addictions of any kind or our neediness of others (particularly the feminine) to feel Joyful
  • Sacred brotherhood is the space of tribe-building (the ones we can rely on for our warrior-ship and king-ship), both with our fellow brothers and our lineage of ancestors.
  • A space of wild dreaming of building our kingdoms without any fear of being judged or called out for failure.
  •  A space of serious silliness and wild playfullness

Who is it for: 

The transformative expedition is for Men 21 years and above.

It will appeal to men in any profession and life stage but, more importantly, to those who intend to journey within towards mature and sacred masculinity. 

This program is offered twice a year in India. Only 12 participants are taken into the programme.

Sacred Brotherhood Circles

Apart form the initiation and personal quest, there are biweekly mens sacred brotherhood circles that anyone can join even if they did not attend a initiation journey. Men are welcome to bring other men as guests. To join apply at

What will be the Experience Like:

In this sacred journey, we will create a trusted safe space where one can speak from our hearts and share both our joys and pains, where we can listen and receive empathically from our deeper and open hearts . We will practice and reinforce some sacred life standards with care, kindness, compassion, and love. 

No matter where the hero goes and what his adventure entails, his journey is always an inner journey of self-discovery, and his goal is always that of character development.” ~Joseph Campbell

We will interact with the elements of nature  and participate in a set of exercises and ceremonies, and that will expand our inner wisdom, heal our wounds, awaken our inner voice and free us from some of the past conditioning that controls our lives. 

We will also practice several rituals and self-attunement practices that will enable us to open ourselves up to the experience of developing a wholesome self- presence. And return with the gift of the self, for ourselves, those we love, and humanity at large.

The desire to know your own self will lay to rest all other desires - Rumi

What can you Harvest: 

Mencraft Journey offers a possibility for marking significant life changes for participants, to develop Self-awareness and connect with their masculine energy. Bring a creative and epistemic shift in consciousness, self-perceptions, and core beliefs leading to enhanced self-awareness, personal mastery, self-leadership, mindful presence for greater participation as a mature man in their family, work and society. 

Mencraft is offered to help you develop a greater presence in mind, body, feeling, spirit, and speech and connect with yourself and your awareness in a fully embodied authentic masculine presence.

On a more personal level, participants will identify the standards they wish to bring to their lives in terms of actions to help them be who they wish to be. And, most importantly, a community of brothers to belong to. 

What can you expect :

During these 10 days, we will leave the comfort of daily life and head into the uncertainty of the great outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. We will focus on enhancing intra-personal awareness to develop a strong self-presence through inner-work, guided inquiry, and self-discovery processes. 

We will have deeper conversations with the self, nature, and cultivate a soulful relationship with ourselves, others, and life. In this reconnection with nature, we will find our own understanding, liberation, and embodiment of our selves.

Mencraft is designed to unleash the inner leadership and capability of a man through a initiation journey and involves 3 phases

A. Preparation Stage:

This is a preparation phase to prepare for the mencraft journey and will support the participants to get to know themselves and their intention for the journey. In this phased, participants will also learn self-management techniques that will support their actual journey. This is also a good time to connect with the tribe. The preparation phase will begin 3 months before the journey with 2 sessions of 3 hours each per month.

B. The Initiation Journey Stage is 10 days wilderness quest in 3 Stages of 3 Days each.

1.Separation - Departure
2.Transition - Passaging
3.ReUnion - Incorporation

Separation or Departure – A removal from what we know. A removal from our safe environments, loved ones and biases. A place where men are stripped bare and experience themselves. Alone, raw and basic they have to experience some sort of a raw journey.

It is the phase of preparing to leave everything behind, gathering together just what you will need for your journey. You are preparing to leave a known life while the unknown awaits you.

You will be able to realize your true identity as an all-pervasive presence and being, which is distinct from all forms and identifications, leading to inner peace and contentment.

For some, they will go through an inner separation from inner identification of the ego; for others, it would be to complete the mens initiation into mature masculinity.

Transition or passaging– This is the “crux”. Here men experience growth, change and learning. It’s in this phase that they move from where they were to where they can be. It’s in the transition phase that they experience pain, wonder, fear, loss, joy, self-enlightenment, purpose.

This is the liminal space between the leaving behind the known and embracing the unknown and with its newer discoveries. This is the time of solitude, hunger, exposure, and the powerful trials that will test your human spirit and your purpose to transition to what you have come for.

Here Time can slow down, and the stillness of nature can be very powerful. As your thoughts begin to empty out, you can look into the pool of your own being, noticing how you are, what your dreams are made of, what you need to let go of.
Reincorporation or Arrival – This is where the men return and speak their inner truth, their process and experience. It’s a safe place because we get to share it with those who’ve been through a similar experience at a similar time and place. They then return to their communities and connect with people in their lives with new awareness.

The Reunion or Incorporation or Arrival phase begins with integration, assimilation, and incorporation of new standards and preparation to return to a new life. You have to come off the wilderness and return to family, friends, and community.

This may be the hardest part of the journey! To live the hard-won knowledge and insight you've found will take courage, but the world needs the gift of your understanding and insight. The Quest was not only about you but about your family, people, other men and community.
After the end of the 10 days, journey participants will join the mencraft brotherhood or any other brotherhood or create their own.

C. Sacred Brotherhood Circle :
 The sacred brotherhood phase is safe space for continuous journey of growth and evolution where men participate regularly and support each other. 

To learn more on the sacred brotherhood circles visit  -

Sacred brotherhood circles are conducted twice a month. to be part of the circles apply at

Approaches that I have incorporated into Mencraft

  • Rites of Passage for Men
  • Way of the Council
  • Way of the Divine Masculine
  • Eco Psychology
  • Wilderness / Adventure / Outdoor / Nature  Education and Development work
  • Traditional Sufi / Shamanic / Vedic Ceremonies and Rituals 
  • Yoga / Taichi / Aikido Wisdom and Practices
  • Experiential Education
  • Humanistic/Client-oriented Facilitation
  • Nonviolent communication (NVC)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) / Parts work
  • Dream analysis
  • Transformational Life Coaching. 

  • What are some of the experiences offered in the Journey?

    Some of the Mencraft Practices/experiences offered during the 10 days are
    • Self Awareness Rituals.
    • Shamanic Journeying
    • Sufi Zikr & Whirling Ceremony
    • Journaling
    • Self Inquiry
    • Fasting
    • Solitude
    • Night Vigils
    • Breath-work
    • Fire Breathing
    • Bare Feet Walking
    • Yoga
    • Taichi
    • Crafting Talking Sticks
    • Tree Hugging
    • Circle Ceremonies and Rituals
    • Early Morning Sun Gazing
    • Fire Gazing
    • Guided Visualization and Visioning
    • Drumming, Rhythms, and Trance
    • Mystical Interpretation of Signs, Feelings, Sensations, Imaginations, Visions, and Dreams
    • Sharing of Personal, Mystical, and Sacred Stories
    • Listening, Sharing, and reflection safe space.
    • Sacred Readings
    • Ritual Silence
    • Soulful poetry, Chanting, and Music
    • Energy Clearing Rituals like smudging, aura clearing, crystal work
    • Adopting Sacred Spiritual Laws.

    Why am I offering this Program:

    I had immensely benefited from mens initiation, self-discovery quests and nature-based esoteric practices in the vedic, shamanic and sufi traditions. It has changed me as a person to find my truth, unique expression, and deep authenticity. The intention behind offering this mencraft journey is to share the gift I received from my masters and contribute to my own healing and joy by serving others' journeys of self-discovery and healing.

    Gift Exchange:

    The programme is offered on a 'COST + GIFT basis. 

    Cost: [you will cover your share of stay, food, support person services & other basic necessities + Facilitator Travel ]. The estimated cost is between INR Rs 12000 /- per person.

    Gift: You may choose to gift as/what you wish to the Facilitator for this service.

    My intention and purpose with mencraft is to serve and contribute towards self-transformation and healing of men. I request for nurturing my contribution though a Gift that you can afford to give. 

    Your Gift can be anything as a form of Gift exchange. You can choose to give in any form you wish.  Through Money, Gifting an Item, providing a service, providing references for the work I do, giving a written testimonial or anything else you choose to give as a gift.

    Travel: You will take care of your own to and fro travel.

    Only 12 participants are taken into the programme. Once you have filled the form, the Facilitator will arrange a 1-1 video chat to see if this programme is ideal for you and communicate accordingly. To register, please fill this form at

    Please note that this program is designed in nature/outdoors. It is rustic, with very minimal facilities.

    2 Outdoor Experts will be part of the team to support camping, food, first aid safety, navigation, etc. 


    Experiencing walks with Diyanat has always been enriching experience in many ways. Beauty lies in the meaningfulness that Diyanat brings to the journey. I have been working with top corporate for more than 20 years now and say for sure that these experiences are uncommon, infrequent, and go beyond the realm of everyday life. These walks transformed me to lead a better, healthier and happier life. To know who you really are, to converse with thy true self, to access true and full potential, to find essence and purpose of life and to find the key to real happiness… are few amongst many benefits of Journey, I have experienced. Each step of the journey, each breath is like crafting your true self. Crafting off what is unreal, what you are not and crafting your real self. 

    -Anup Talwar.

    The facilitator-coach profession is inhabited by people with different mindsets. One doesn't always encounter practitioners whose purpose is to help their fellow human. Nor does one regularly encounter practitioners who keep working on themselves and their craft.
    Diyanat is among that rare breed that is both passionate about helping people and honing his own craft.
    His latest "SelfCraft" expedition is something I am quite enthused by.

    -Aman Zaidi 

    About the Facilitator:

    Diyanat Ali is an initiated facilitator in esoteric path of shamanic and sufi wayfaring and practices Sayr wa Suluk (Sufi Spiritual Wayfaring). He is also initiated facilitator for menswork and conducts initiation and rite of passage for men.

    Diyanat received his training and initiation into menswork from Sujith Ravindran. The training involved conducting rites of passage and initiation of men, facilitating sacred brotherhood circles for healing of men.

    Diyanat is a menswork facilitator with  "Fireworks" an international brotherhood circle of initiated men from around the world. 

    Diyanat completed a 1 year training and certification in facilitation for rites of passage and  conducting ceremonies from somatic wilderness institute.

    Diyanat completed Transformation presence coaching from Center for Transformational Presence under Alan Seale

    Diyanat Completed a 9 months Embodiment Coaching Certification from Embodiment Unlimited under Mark Walsh

    Diyanat Completed a 9 months Somatic Consensus Coaching Certification from Liminal Somatics Institute Under  David Weinstock

    Diyanat is currently undergoing a 2 year breathwork certification from "Breathwork for recovery" under Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp

    Diyanat is a successful entrepreneur and adventurer having founded the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club, he has personally lead over 600 expeditions over a decade and has expertise in outdoor safety, wilderness survival, trekking, outdoor education, nature education, eco-psychology.

    Founder CEO of Outlife, a company that offers programs in outbound training and experiential education, Leadership Development for corporate and schools. 

    He brings with him a decade of IT Management experience and another decade of Human Resources and Learning and Development experience . 

    Diyanat is a Certified Human Potential Coach, Human Design Practitioner, NLP Practitioner,  NVC Practitioner, Trainer, Facilitator and Educator.

    As a Facilitator and Coach, Diyanat has a flair in understanding participants needs, Listens deeply and emphatically, holding space for participants to co- create learning moments and invite change. He has an innate ability to create safe and engaging learning environments to help participants open up in conversation, share, learn and heal within deeply.


    To register please fill this form at

    Assumptions and Basic Premise for Mencraft Journey

    Every Human can only heal themselves; no one else can heal others. In other words, therapists, coaches, mentors and guides may help people, but primarily people only heal themselves. No one else can solve our fundamental life problems, and I am not intending to take such a task with mencraft, no one can. My ultimate intention with mencraft is to help you help yourself where you are responsible and accountable for yourself and ready to walk through the difficult path of self awareness, self realisation and self transformation.

    Everyone has the potential for vitality and wholesomeness, but for many of us these are hard to actualize. However, having the right learning and conducive environment and the right guide can bring us closer to materializing them.

    As a facilitator of mencraft, I am the participants friend, supporter, and guide. I try, to the best of my ability, to support the participants to discover himself or herself, to heal inner wounds, to let go of false beliefs, and to resolve inner conflicts and problems, without imposing my own beliefs or approaches. Freedom, Choice, Integrity and Authenticity is part an integrated part of my facilitation. 

    My role as facilitator and guide of mencraft is to support and assist participants in reaching their own goals. The achievements of each participant depends primarily on their own effort, motivation, commitment and responsibility. I only create a safe learning environment and cannot predict or guarantee that participants will attain any particular results, and the results differ for each individual participants. Each participants results depend on his or her unique background, dedication, desire, motivation, actions, and numerous other factors.

    Nothing in mencraft is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any form.

    July 04, 2021