#12: John Wolfstone — Queering Masculinity & the Paradox of Wholeness
Episode description and synopsis
If we are come to live and lead in a way that truly nourishes life, allows for creativity to flourish and mends our relationship with both place and people, integrating opposites and learning to live at the threshold of polarities is crucial.
John Wolfstone and I embark on a wild journey here from an adolescent leadership, to a more integrated, humble and reverent leadership. Touching on many nuanced and subtle threads of what it means to embrace our brokenness, transition to adulthood and exist at the threshold of binaries. We land on some exciting emerging conversations around ‘queering masculinity,’ diving into what queerness and non-binary means beyond an orientation, as a state of maturation.
What would our world look and feel like with leaders who had the capacity to hold paradox gracefully, to welcome otherness?
John Wolfstone is a filmmaker, wilderness rites-of-passage guide, and sacred clown focused on the work of cultural redemption. Over the past 10 years, he has been in service toward restorative justice, ancestral healing and peace building in conflict zones from rural Guatemalan villages, to Middle Eastern refugee camps and inner cities of the United States.
I’ve admired his articulation of the importance of rites of passage in the maturation of a culture, the power of grief in the individual’s maturation process and his perspectives on relationship in the 21st Century.
It was a real pleasure to share in this conversation (the first of many)!