Civilization is a huge blessing... but it comes at the cost of fewer rites of passage and fewer ways to express healthy masculinity.
If your inner warrior wants OUT ... then you're ready for the hunt.
This is what initiation creates...
"There is nothing that inspires confidence in me than literally being able to go out and eat what I kill. Cannot recommend hunting enough."
- Mansal D
"It's a powerful experience to get to connect with the land... spiritually, I had a really big breakthrough just being in that container..."
- Brandon E
"It’s no secret that the food system is broken…[I want to] only consume the meat that I directly hunt or trade”
- Jordan B
"Seeing her approach death was an emotional experience...I teared up and cried a bit."
- Tim K
"It was a really great experience to bond with the other men there...[I enjoyed] the fireside convos. Awesome group of guys..."
- Kitch W
"Some of the most important men's work... world's work, really... this is something that felt really important for me to connect with my primal roots..."
- Jordan B
Sacred Hunting is an organization that facilitates transformation, self-growth, and eco-spiritual connection to nature. Here's how:
Power plants, taken in sacred ceremony, have allowed men to expand their consciousness for tens of thousands of years. Examples of power plants include cacao, reishi, and others.
Indigenous hunter-gatherers had an intimate relationship with nature and the mysteries of the universe. Reclaiming these practices boosts our sense of gratitude and presence.
Hunting is older than humanity itself. Tribes of men would bond around the fire, share laughs, and provide meat for their loved ones and community.
If you feel trepidation, hesitance, or even fear, it's totally understandable. After dozens of participants, hear what they say on the other side.
This is a lifelong practice. After your introduction, maintain the brotherhood in our Community Membership.
Apply & Schedule a Call
Each experience is invite only. Outside applications will be evaluated fairly to see if there is a fit. We will discuss what you desire to achieve and what stumbling blocks are holding you back.
Choose Your Beginner Adventure
If you are selected, choose which commitment aligns with your schedule and financial means. We have programs of many ranges and this is a substantial investment in yourself.
Join the Community Membership
After the first hunt, what's next? The Sacred Hunting Community Membership allows you to join hundreds of former participants to make this a lifelong spiritual practice.
"It was incredible...Easily one of the best experiences of my life. First kill on the tail end of medicine... I've never experienced anything like it."
- Kyle Kingsbury
Onnit / retired-UFC Fighter / Kyle Kingsbury Podcast
"Mansal has a very unique background and he does something very special... I think the principles of the sacred hunt are very relevant to todays world on many levels... it is clear that people are being deeply touched at many levels by the experience they're having with [Mansal]."
- Paul Chek
Founder of Chek Academy, World Renowned Educator in High Performance Living
Kyle Kingsbury Podcast & Facilitator
Author & Health Influencer
Pro Athlete (Kettlebell & Bulgarian Bag) & Movement Instructor
Conscious Bro & Men's Group Facilitator
The Life Stylist Podcast
Coach & Men's Work Facilitator
Founder of Jump Rope Dudes
President of Investors Alley
Mansal Denton "Little Beaver" is the founder of Sacred Hunting, author, protagonist of THE VOYAGE OUT & YouTube show host of Blood and Spirit, telling stories of the hunt & harmony with nature.
Feeling insecure in early life, he chased a woman to Europe, which led him to prison. Struggling with shame and confusion of what it meant to be a man, he found his calling with the sacred art of hunting. He now desires to share this practice with more men.
His indigenous name comes from a Crow Sun Dance chief. His spiritual lineage is derived from 9 years of mentorship from a Muskogee/Creek medicine man named Will "Star Heart".
Sacred Hunting has facilitators around the United States leading events in your area. Each facilitator has gone through Sacred Hunting experiences, extensive training, and supports the transformation of men and women through dozens of unique events every year. Active regional chapters include the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and many others. View the calendar for more info.
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"I don't know how you're going to top this."
Liver King after a private Sacred Hunting experience with his son.
"This was among the more powerful, introspective experiences of my life. Something about the ceremony, beautiful setting, challenging physical work, and strong medicine, combined into an extremely deep trance state that I hadn't been in before. Weeks later I'm still working on integrating and reflecting on all of it, but needless to say it's going to influence my writing for the next few months, and it dramatically shifted my perspective on my life and work."
- Nat Eliason
Any participant is free to choose, but we highly recommend beginners start with a rifle. It is both easier to have the 0 to 1 experience of taking a life and it is also more ethical to have a quick, clean kill for the sake of the animal.
Beginner Sacred Hunting trips currently have ~ 51% success rate for participants. There is a high level of likelihood you will have an opportunity. However, please note that the experience is about far more than whether you get to pull the trigger on an animal.
The Sacred Hunting Immersion beginner experiences are created to allow complete beginners to learn the practical skills of firing a rifle, stalking, killing, gutting, and skinning the animal. Any prior preparation and practice is a plus, but it is possible to show up without any experience.
Yes, each attendee will split the meat from the experience equally. We are "in this together". Meat processing can take weeks to months so there will be a delay, but it will be available for pick up or shipped to those not living in Austin, TX.
Yes, if after paying, you need a refund because you cannot participate it can be provided if a replacement is found and within certain timeframes. Given there are only 6-8 spots per event, this is necessary.
If you desire to move your hunt to a different date within 60 days of the event, you can do so for a small fee.
Within 30 days of the event, there is no refund.
However, we will always entertain creative solutions that work for everyone to the best of our ability. Thank you for your patience. As you can imagine, people often need time in order to prepare for a hunt so please be as sure of your commitment as possible beforehand.
Very rarely, an attendee that does not exhibit community-oriented behavior may be asked to leave/not attend an experience. This may be due to mental health concerns, violence, aggression or any behavior that may be a harm to other participants. This decision is at the discretion of staff members (and requires every staff member to agree to ensure it is a valid concern). Repayment or refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but often not offered.
It is certainly possible to arrive for Sacred Hunting and learn how to fire a rifle, but I strongly recommend against it.
A rifle is an extension of you. By practicing with it, by knowing it, you are practicing the ethical pursuit of wild animals.
I understand it may seem like a big commitment to buy a rifle and practice, but commit to getting a rifle from a friend if you have to so that you can practice and feel comfortable with YOUR gun.
You are seeking to kill an animal. This starts with being in alignment with the tool that you are using. If for some reason you cannot buy a gun and come prepared with it, renting a weapon and non-lead ammunition will cost $300 and you will have 2 boxes of copper ammo awaiting you.
No. Hunting is done in the morning and evening. Power plants will be done during the day in nature away from any hunting.
Learn how to hunt the right way. You'll learn everything that you need to know to hunt by yourself. This softcover book is a simple, storytelling manual for how to add more ritual and ceremony into your practice.
YES! Inside each of us is an inner masculine and feminine. It is true that males have most often been responsible for the hunt, but women are welcome to experience the full range of emotions that accompany the taking of life in a sacred way. If you are a woman who desires to participate even if you've never fired a gun before, you are welcome to join and we will provide basic training. This is what some women have shared about Sacred Hunting:
"My experience with you...has been the most spiritual experience of my life. I can't tell you how much it has changed me and how it has sent me down a rabbit hole of exploring new ideas and experiences. You have a gift... you will always be a mentor to me. I am going to continue your practice in my own way."
- MaryBeth Schappert
Teacher (New York, USA)
"I can only say Sacred Hunting was one of the most transformational experiences of my life. I was absolutely called to sacred hunting. I flew to a new state, with men I didn't know, doing something I have never done before. My ask/wish was to get back home to nature... I had one of the most transformational—some call it Kundalini experience... that experience was and is still is unfolding for me.. When I got home one year ago, I changed my life completely, totally... I couldn't be more grateful than I am today."
- Anonymous Female
High-Level Executive in Silicon Valley Technology
Talk Tantra To Me Podcast Host & Facilitator
Animal-Based Influencer & Coach (Animal Based Bae)
"Life is a gift. The world and everything in it is a gift. We did not earn our lives. We did not earn the sun; it is not thanks to our hard efforts that it shines. We did not earn the ability of plants to grow. We did not earn water..."
Charles Eisenstein's book Sacred Economics introduces the concept of "living in the gift". Sacred Hunting desires to operate in that framework to the best of our ability as we rekindle an ancient spiritual practice that has been a part of humanity since the dawn of time. As such, we are a 501c3 non-profit and federally recognized "church" entity.
Each participant who joins Sacred Hunting makes a tax-deductible donation to the church in order to participate in "religious" activities. This creates protection for the organization and individuals. You can review our tenants of faith.
We use funding from each participant to provide scholarships to individuals in need. We also create thematic events for underserved communities such as Combat Veterans in order to heal from PTSD. Learn more in the video below.
Taking the life of an animal, pushing through discomfort, expanding consciousness; these are not trivial. These are part of a profound and challenging initiation. If you feel truly called to this, please join.Yes, I'm ready