manhood

Episode 36--Men at Work with Travis Streb

Rainier connects with executive coach, men’s group facilitator, and host of the podcast Men At Work, Travis Streb today! It’s a great show talking about waking up to your need for other men, and Tribe, learning to see your blind spots, and interrupting old cycles. We talk about how work, sports, and “purpose” can all become masks for avoiding dealing with the real issues in your life. Don’t miss this fantastic show!

Episode 34--Being the Man

This is a solo Rainier edition. We catch up on life, Tribe, and what it means to “Be the Man.” This is very vulnerable episode where Rainier talks about the transformative work for him, as well as how character is formed from a spiritual and psychological perspective. Rainier challenges men to show up in their lives fully, and interacting deeply with who they are and their purpose. Don’t miss this.

Episode 33--Dark Night of the Soul

I sit down with Joel De Jong—a life long entrepreneur, a scholar, an adventurer, a mystic, and a genuinely beautiful human being. You may know him from being one of the innovators behind Cheasty Greenspace,  the largest contiguous forest in the Rainier Valley set in the urban corridor there in Seattle near his families home. He’s also a musician and a singer, coordinating an exciting new project called Crowd Sourced Choir, which is dedicated to restoring collective singing as a core cultural compentency.

Our conversation centers on “The Dark Night of the Soul” in his own life, and the way of decent, in which Joel lost many of the things he believed were crucial to his identity, and ultimately discovered his most essential self, and highest purpose. This is a powerful interview relating to a man who is a turn-around artist and warrior of the soul. Check it out!

Episode 32--The Undaunted Life with Kyle Thompson

Rainier sits down with Kyle Thompson, who makes his living as a pastor, but is quite unlike any that we’ve ever met. He’s may be a lover not a fighter…but he’s a fighter too… Working with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, leading dangerous book clubs, and encouraging men to not only be spiritual but deeply physical too, he pushes the limits of what comes to mind when you think of, when you think of Christian. This was an intellectually invigorating conversation, filled with plenty of laughs, and also some great sparks. Don’t miss it.

Episode 29--Big Adventure

In this episode Rainier sits down and talks with mountaineer, explorer, facilitator, father and all around great guy, Matt Walker, about a number of topics near and dear to both of them. Matt brings together a background of psychology and high adventure in an unique program pushing individuals to find their purpose and take steps towards it. They explore Masculine and Feminine archetypes, mountain climbing, how change happens, the importance of adventure and risk, and have a damned good time. You’d hardly know they weren’t huddled around a fire sipping whisky and smoking cigars.

Episode 27--Catching Up with Rainier

In this episode Rainier catches us up with all the things he’s been up to lately. Follows up on the adventures he had in North Carolina recently, talks about biological warfare, southern gigolo’s, connecting with Tripp Fuller (of Home-brewed Christianity fame), snoring, wet-hands, checking for cancer, and why the quest to become an alpha is ridiculous. We also chat about the importance of radical acceptance as men, and how to gracefully dive when we’re making a fall….so many things to catch up on! Check it out!

Episode 25--Holiday Survival Guide

In this episode Rainier gifts all of us with a Survival Guide in getting through the perils and opportunities of the holiday’s. We talk about how to be triggered and still make it out with our sanity intact. The ideas and skills that are taught in this episode will help you navigate the storms that so easily arise in the moment surrounded by those close to us. We cover emotion regulation skills, distress tolerance, and how to radically accept reality as it is so that you can transform the moment! You won’t want to miss this super practical and applicable episode.

Episode 24--The State of Education

Stewart G. is on the podcast today. He is an educator, a father and husband, a man who has some profound and interesting perspectives and is not afraid to share those. He also makes a damn good Manhattan (and Old Fashion for that matter). He came on and we talked about absolutely everything under the sun from life-span development, to what the hell is going on with the state of education today, to what makes a successful child as they enter and prepare for adulthood, and so much more. We also geek out on making craft blended drinks, our mutual hatred of poodles, and being parents to inquisitive and curious kids! It’s a long-form conversation, but well worth the listen.

Episode 23--Grey Beard Runs

In this episode Rainier is joined by Gordon Collier, the real man behind “Move Your Ass” Nation. You may have known him as instagram sensation “greybeardrunz” or know him from his dynamite daily podcast Quotely. He is a fascinating brother-in-arms who has been through it all: identity struggles, failure, divorce, remarriage, finding what really matters to him, and through it all maintaining the things that are of deep purpose, his family and devotion to his faith-life. This conversation goes many places and he drops a lot of solid gold shit for men at all stages. You won’t want to miss it.

Episode 22--I Don't Accept You

In this episode Rainer does some house keeping and introduces a new resource for building and expanding the community, as well for the men who value this work to be directly impacted to a greater extent. Additionally Rainer civilization, consumerism, the myth of progress and talks about the dangerous fad of “self-acceptance” and how this is often antithetical to true human potential and development. Check it out!

Episode 21--Why Mission Matters

In this important episode Rainer and his returning guest Drew explore the significance of men having a sense of mission. They clarify the difference between “mission” and “purpose” and also explore why it’s necessary for a man to experience both of these. Drew shares intimately about the challenges of securing mission, and Rainer explores how living disconnected from greater purpose has caused havoc in his own life and those of others. Besides all this they talk about Krav Maga self-defense, strength training, honor culture and relating to the divine feminine. It’s a super packed episode with lots of fun!

Episode 19--Cha-Cha-Changes!!

In this episode Rainer is joined by returning guest and long time friend of the show Ryan Lee Sharp, entrepreneur, artist, and coach, who is helping people find a way to their life worth living. They navigate a lot of terrain such as the differences between psychotherapy and coaching, as well as Rainer making a robust critique of the counseling industrial complex. They talk about various disciplines and modalities of therapy, and finally about archetypes, as it relates to women and men charting a course forward. This is show chalk full of laughter, intrigue, and wisdom. Don’t miss it!

Episode 17--It's All About Perspective

This is a MANTHROPOLOGY episode! Rainer gets to hang out with adventurer, pro-bro, dare-devil, “train-conductor,” father, and super-cool kid Josh. They talk about growing up with absent father’s, working with your hands, patriotism, doing the “right thing,” military mind-set versus civilian living, the softening of the American Male, motorcycles, dude’s endless schemes for getting rich, and so much more! A really fun episode. Don’t miss it.

Episode 14--Take More F*#$ing Risks

What a great episode featuring Colt, a man who earns his living as a pilot, and has had a fascinating journey learning how to take risks, find safety, and be a man. We explore addiction, “risky behavior,” versus true masculine danger embracing, and over-coming fears. We also have a ton of fun smoking some GREAT cigars. This is a must hear for any man wondering how to push past his plateau and do what he wishes—whether it be embracing a new career, riding a motorcycle, or overcoming his own shadow.

Episode 13--The Secret Lives of Men

In this episode Rainer talks to men about the options for how a man may deal with his “stuff.” Who do men talk to? Who do men share their secrets with? How do men process sadness, depression, anger, or joy? Rainer breaks down the resources that men are offered currently and critiques them through a straight forward approach. How do men relate to counseling/therapy, friend groups, social media, porn, video-games, the Feminine? We chat about evolutionary psychological theory around emotions, masculinity, and tribalism. Check it out!

Episode 12--Breaking Open the Head

In this episode Rainier, and his guest Ryan talk about historic and contemporary approaches to the use of psychedelics.  While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. These plants are considered sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness. As many men search for how to access their inner world--what lies beneath--this episode looks at something that is culturally becoming a zeitgeist, and considered a viable Third Wave in exploring the psyche. The masculine journey is one that necessarily involves taking risks and steps towards new horizons. This episode explores one of those possible methods and adventures. 

Episode 11--Finding Your Purpose, Part 1

As man, if you don't know you're sense of purpose--that is your new job: finding out what your sense of purpose is. Without knowing their mission, men are functionally impotent living weak existences. How do men "evolve wild"--or truly grow into their manhood?  In short, they begin to access their essential self. This podcast begins to explore how to take your first steps into knowing what your purpose or mission is. Listen to this podcast--get to the end for a very important assignment that will help you move forward effectively.