Big Life Span

“The father wound is so deep and so all-pervasive in so many parts of the world that its healing could well be the most radical social reform conceivable.” – Father Richard Rohr


Kindred and Becoming Dad Announce Partnership

Kindred and its parent nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living, are proud to announce a collaborative partnership with the dynamic Becoming Dad Project.  The international partnership includes launching a pilot program for supporting, connecting and educating new fathers and fathers-to-be, including virtual retreats, webinars and a forthcoming Becoming Dad facilitator certification program.

Read the press release here.

Read the NEW Becoming Dad Newsletter here.



Download the Audio Interview with Darren Mattock

Listen to Darren Mattock, Becoming Dad founder, talk about the new fatherhood movement and its ties to the empowering men and new masculinity movement; how reaching new and expectant fathers is an avenue to heal our cultural father wound; and how the new Becoming Dad courses can bond families for a lifetime.

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Read Darren’s Blogs on Kindred

Finding My Life’s Work Through DADvocacy

What Dads Think

My Sacred Pregnancy Retreat 


About Becoming Dad

Becoming Dad is a place for expectant and new fathers to be engaged, educated, mentored and supported as they navigate the rite of passage that is fatherhood.

Becoming Dad is also a place for birth, parenting and wellbeing practitioners to deepen their practice by learning how to effectively engage and support expectant and new fathers. Created by Darren Mattock, a leading voice and visionary in the modern fatherhood movement, birth activist and change agent, Becoming Dad is both revolutionary and evolutionary.

There is a deep calling for conscious and connected fathers to play a strong, loving and healing role in creating the changes we want and need to see in the world.

Darren’s vision is that the men who are touched by the work of Becoming Dad will experience fatherhood as empowering and be positively transformed as men. At the heart of this vision is for women, children, families and communities on the planet to benefit from the gifts of healthier, happier and more loving men.


About Darren Mattock

Inspired by his own masculine and fatherhood journey, Darren discovered a passion for working with men and supporting them on their journeys. Once on the path of working with men, his vision and purpose became even clearer: to work exclusively with fathers.

Darren specialises in engaging, educating, mentoring and supporting expectant and new dads as they prepare for birth and the role of fatherhood, and is now recognised as a leader in this evolving and emerging field.

In early 2013, Darren founded the Becoming Dad Project (proudly a Kindred partner) which aims to positively transform the fatherhood space for expectant and new fathers. Learn more about the Becoming Dad Project here.

Within his own community, Darren regularly facilitates birth preparation workshops for men, fatherhood preparation courses for expectant and new fathers, ‘dads chat’ sessions at hospital-based childbirth education classes, and father-focused discussions within pregnancy support and parenting groups. He also co-facilitates couples workshops that are focused on pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

Darren also regularly contributes to online and print publications, presents at birth and midwifery conferences and events, and serves as an adviser on fatherhood research studies as an expectant and new father specialist.

Darren’s practice is family-inclusive; achieving the best outcomes for men, children, women, families and communities is the heart and foundation of the work that he does with and for fathers. He believes that by engaging and supporting men during this transformational passage in their lives, we can also transform masculinity, fatherhood, and relationships, and that these profound ripples can inspire some of the deep, powerful and lasting changes that we want and need to see in the world around us.

Darren is dad to his young son Charlie, who he acknowledges is his greatest source of inspiration. He feels blessed to be raising Cha in such a beautiful part of the world and special community.

Darren is passionate about being an active and engaged dad, and balances his working life (delicately!) with his fatherhood commitments to ‘walk the talk’. He has proudly been a part-time stay-at-home dad for all of Charlie’s little big life.