2.11.2005

Beyond Your Inner Child: Meet Your Inner Warrior

All Men are Invited to Investigate Worldwide Organization, 30,000 Strong

Miami, FL--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--January 19, 2005--The Florida New Warrior Community of the ManKind Project, a nonprofit men's organization, will hold an Open Circle from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the UU Congregation, at 7701 SW 76th Ave. The free event includes a discussion of men's issues and introduces the New Warrior Training Adventure, a weekend retreat for men offered regularly across the U.S. and in other countries. Florida's first-ever New Warrior Training Adventure will be held March 4-6 in Homestead. The MKP is a supportive network that encourages leadership, staying power, self-knowledge, comradeship, integrity, connection to feeling, and strong ties to family and community. All men are invited.

Devised in 1984 in Milwaukee by three men with backgrounds in educational psychology, engineering, and therapy, the NWTA Weekend is a modern educational training modeled on the initiation rites that traditional societies use to mark the transition from boyhood to manhood. Nearly 30,000 men have experienced the NWTA. Almost every weekend brings another training somewhere in the world, led by a small team of highly experienced men and a volunteer staff of local men. There are 35 ManKind Project centers in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

NWTA graduates who want to continue the personal work that they began on the Weekend are invited to join small Integration Groups, weekly or biweekly self-run laboratories for developing leadership skills and teamwork; some "I-Groups" have lasted for ten or twelve years or longer. Many MKP members have gone beyond their personal work with service projects in their communities. Some of these service projects, the ones in prisons, for example are very dramatic; projects that focus on youth groups or soup kitchens tend to be quieter, but no less significant.
An affiliated organization, Woman Within, offers weekend trainings for women.
The MKP's New Warrior Training Adventure gets strong responses from participants. Will Walters, a columnist for the Fort Collins Coloradoan, wrote that he "showed up. . . with my [Ph.D. in calm skepticism] in one hand and my 'bull' meter on red alert in the other. . . . I came away more in touch with my heart, the wild man in me, [and] my desire to live in integrity with who I am and what I'm doing with my life."

On the other side of the world, Tetile, an ethnic Xhosa veteran of a 2002 South African NWTA, said: Many men are walking around with empty spaces, they want to fill it up with things they don't even know. Then you get to the course [the NWTA], and you are walking around with a dragon in your body, and that scares you. So you need to pull out that dragon, then you find yourself and you have a new vision for the whole world.

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I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

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