Waldgang is an experimental ritual space for men located in the Pacific Northwest that Donovan purchased and developed from 2017-2021. The land was sold in 2021 to Clinton McMillan, one of Donovan’s creative collaborators, who continues to develop and perform rituals on the land — keeping it sacred and keeping its structures intact. Donovan is no longer involved with the group at the land and does not oversee any of the events that take place there, though he hopes to visit again one day and observe its evolution.
The name Waldgang was inspired by the title of Ernst Junger’s 1951 book, which translates roughly to “The Forest Passage.” It was conceived initially as a tribal space — an escape for spiritual “outlaws” — but its purpose has transcended mere opposition.
A forest passage followed a banishment; through this action a man declared his will to self-affirmation from his own resources.
Ernst Jünger. The Forest Passage.
Waldgang has revealed itself to be a liminal space — a “threshold space.” A place out of time and between worlds. A mythic space rendered sacred by an accumulation of experiences and the residue of powerful intent. Waldgang is not a “retreat” but a passageway, a place to initiate personal transformation in the presence of the gods.