Our RETURING MEN Program is our action & response to the #metoo movement.

Becoming a Returning Man -We stand accountable for our Non-actions of the past as by-standers in a misogynist male culture.

With Mentorship from our Senior Men we learn to cultivate and promote the work in our own lives and in our homes.We advocate for the safety and  sovereignty for all women & children in our work place and in the world. We are part of a legacy ,which is inclusive of women & family ,using non-violent styles of communication . We learn to master healthy conflict and practice zero tolerance for violence.

Becoming a Returning Man means I have an accountability system made up of other Returning Men who fiercely believe in our J2HM Program and each other. Our mission is to change the current Masculine culture  deliberately. One man, one family at a time.


Journey to the Heart of the Masculine™ started in 2001 as a collaboration between Gary Simpson and Wolfgang Wildgrace. They recognised the deep need in men for a life of authentic expression of their true selves. In the subsequent two decades Gary and Wolfgang have developed and delivered many programs for men. Journey to the Heart of the Masculine™ is the culmination of their commitment to their own growth and to men’s community. Testament to the power of the program is the community of men connected to the Journey, many of whom return to the Journey each year. Although Gary has retired as a Co-facilitator he still enjoys returning each year as a loving supportive figure for the men going through .



Senior Mentors

        Steve Dyer

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A graduate qualified Psychotherapist, Counselor and practitioner of Positive Psychology, Steve has been in private practice as a counsellor since 2013. He is also an experienced group facilitator and trainer, having taught the Diploma of Counselling across Australia. Steve is a senior lead facilitator in a variety of organisations. He has delivered behaviour change and resilience programs in various formats, hundreds of times to thousands of people for over 14 years. Steve has been heavily involved in ‘rites of passage’ work in Australia since 2005.

Max Witsenhuysen

Max is currently a full-time teacher with TAFE Qld, running a state-wide collaborative “Transition to Success” program for young people under Court Orders with the Youth Justice Dept ‘Transition 2 Success‘.

This follows extensive experience working with at-risk youth as a 1teacher specialising in theatre-in-education (TAE and Bachelor of Drama from Queensland University of Technology), caseworker, youth team leader and mentor in QLD, NSW & NT – including 3 years in Central Australian Aboriginal town camps and remote communities.

Max is also a Men’s Rite of Passage expert and experienced facilitator, and a key founder of this work over the last 2 decades.

“Max has been consistently facilitating & co-ordinating rites-of-passage programs for both men & boys over the past 20 years across Qld, NSW & Victoria. Max is a founding senior member of the “Journey into the Heart of the Masculine” facilitation team, and is passionate about the difference this program makes to individuals, families & communities.

Max has also served as the Qld Regional Co-ordinator for the Pathways Foundation, a harm-prevention, not-for-profit community organisation running rites-of-passage programs for teenage boys & girls and their families.

In addition, Max has been an active member of the Men’s Wellbeing Association since 1999, including being a Senior Facilitator for the Common Ground Men’s Group program.”