About The Making Of Men

The Making of Men has been created to bring out the best in boys and young men. Based on years of research and experience a series of camps, seminars, educational programs and resources have been developed to support parents and teachers. Dr Arne Rubinstein is the CEO and is internationally recognised as an expert on adolescent development and Rites of Passage.

We believe every boy needs the opportunity to bring out his individual gifts and talents, build strong family relationships and be motivated to be a good man who makes a positive difference in the World. This is what The Making Of Men offers through our camps, programs and other resources.

Our team facilitators have many years of experience running programs that change people’s lives. They have all completed the Rites of Passage Leadership training program and their depth of knowledge and passion for the work make our camps truly inspirational. We use a Results Based Accountability framework, which means we assess all programs through written surveys to ensure that the highest quality outcomes are achieved and we continue to improve our techniques.


Dr Arne Rubinstein


Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development, with 30 years experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. His programs and seminars have been been attended by over 25,000 people globally and are designed to support boys to successfully make a safe, healthy transition to young men, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage. In 2008, he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth.

Dr Arne’s 2013 book, The Making of Men, has become a bestseller and is a practical handbook for parents and teachers of boys. It is the culmination of his years of experience in working with teens and their parents, in particular fathers and sons.

He was the Founding CEO of the Pathways Foundation, 2000-2008 an organisation that creates contemporary Rites of Passage for adolescents.  Dr Arne was also the founder of Uplifting Australia in 2013, a not-for-profit set up to improve the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and their families around Australia. His work has been informed by practising for 15 years as a GP specialising in adolescent health, and preventative and emergency medicine.

He is the passionate father of two wonderful young men, a mentor to many, a practising ER doctor, as well as being a keen surfer and musician.

Recognition for Dr Rubinstein’s work:

2007: Finalist in the Australian Non Profit CEO of the Year Awards
2007: Winner of the Social Ventures Australia “Tipping Point Award”
2008: Winner of the inaugural Social Ventures Australia scholarship to attend Harvard Business School’s ‘Strategic Management of Non Profit Organisations for CEOs’
2008: Nomination for Australian of the Year.
2014: Byron Shire World Environment Day Winner: Education and Training

Aaron Densham

Head of Training and Program Development

Aaron has led and taught groups all over the world, most recently with the Centre for Social Impact Strategy based out of the University of Pennsylvania. Aaron is a dynamic educator, facilitator and experience designer. His passion in education is focused on self-exploration, well-being and creating social impact. He has spent more than ten years creating and implementing educational experiences and curriculum in schools, non-profits and educational institutions.

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About YarraKoora

lot 10 Coopers Lane South, Main Arm, NSW 2482 Australia

About YarraKoora

The spectacular 140-acre bush property on the North Coast of New South Wales, YarraKoora, has been transformed into a purpose built camping and leadership training facility that can accommodate small and large groups in a variety of settings.

Also available for hire for camps and workshops. Full catering is available and camping equipment hire can also be arranged.

Please enquire to for more details.

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