Staffing the NCal November NWTA, Part 5

An on-going series of posts around my staffing of the next MKP NWTA in Northern California. I thought it would be interesting and enlightening to follow how this all works and you'll get to ride along on what it looks like to put on an NWTA from one man's experience...mine.

Well, only about two weeks before November NCal NWTA.

The men who are going through the training get to the site in Nevada City later on Friday afternoon. Staff, on the other hand, start arriving on Thursday around 2 pm.

I guess you could call this site preparation. There's a lot to set up and getting organized. Teams of men meet to work out the parts the work on and the timing of certain parts. The entire staff meets several times to get coordinated and meet each other.

All day Friday is spent doing much the same thing....working on getting ready for the men to arrive.

Food is prepared by a staff on men we refer to as the Men of Service. These men spend the entire weekend in the kitchen preparing food for all the men on site.

All in all there are 55 men working to serve the training to 36 men.

I have several pieces to participate in during the weekend. I am learning them now and understanding the intention behind each one so I can be in the right space when the time comes.

17 days out.

See you in part 6!

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf


Making Changes

Fear is a very powerful feeling; it can paralyze me or it can move me to direct and decisive action. Men, as boys, are mostly taught to stuff the paralyzing fear and jump right to decisive action; more times than not with dire consequences.

Taking a look at my fear, what drives it, is just one of the ways that helps me open a door to living an authentic life.

Fear is good. I need to be afraid. How I take fear-based action is my path and my choice.

The blog entry below speaks a bit about fear and how this man makes a change in his life.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

From the WarriorGorilla blog:

"Today I begin my acedemic journey anew. It's been roughly eight years since I dropped out of college and moved to Texas and today, I attend Orientation for the fall semester.

I'm really rather excited.

When I went through my Warrior Weekend, I had no idea that this would be the product. Once I set my mission statement ("I will create a world of personal fulfilment by living my dreams") it was only a matter of time before I made it here. In this case, it was approximately eighteen months.

Eighteen months. Eighteen months after deciding on those 12 words, I packed up and moved from my comfortable life in Houston. Away from the friends that I had made and the family that supported me and helped me focus in on my dreams.

And today, I attend orientation. In six weeks I will step into a classroom again - at 28-years-old! And if all goes according to plan, in about two years, I will have my degree and be moving again.

And I'm afraid.

If I learned anything from my Warrior weekend, is that it is okay to be afraid as long as I do not allow that fear to dictate my life. I have spent far to many years allowing fear to lead my life, I overcame a lot of fear when I moved up here.

Fear is still with we, but when I walk out that door this morning and into Orientation, I will be overcoming a little more. When I walk into my first day of classes, a little more."


Sacredness of All Things

"We are already as spiritual as we are going to get. What we seek, we already are, we just need to recognize our connection to the earth and the sacredness of all things."

Litlle Crow, The Sacred Hill Within (ISBN 0-9635440-5-5)

The sacredness of all things....Can you wrap your mind around that for a moment? It means that everything and everybody and every everything is sacred.

The bottom line here is that I think (and Little Crow thinks) you are sacred. I am, too. So what would it take for you to treat yourself as such? What would it look like to stand in a place of peace with who your are and what you are?

Would you be afraid? Would you be loving? Would you listen to your dreams and make them come true? Would you walk next to me while I find my sacredness?

The ManKind Project doesn't teach any spiritual belief; nor does it try to make you be anything, do anything, or say anything. You are your guide and mentor in your life and in the ManKind Project.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf


Live on the Radio

Update: So it went well....you can hear it here.

Tomorrow (Oct 16, 2009) at noon PST, I will be having a live radio conversation about my experiences in the ManKind Project, my New Warrior Training Adventure back in Oct 1999, and in my weekly integration group.

I invite you to listen in live to KDRT 95.7 FM at http://davismediaaccess.org:8000/kdrt.m3u or catch a rebroadcast on Sunday, Oct 18 at 3 pm or Tuesday, Oct 20 at 11 am, or download the program at http://www.kdrt.org/station/archives/138.

I hope you enjoy the show!

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf


The New Warrior Code

Today's post comes from the former chairman of the ManKind Project, Curtis Mitchell.

I welcome and honor his words.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf


The New Warrior Code

By Curtis Mitchell, ManKind Project International Chairman, 2003-2007

The New Warrior respects and dignifies the suffering of others. Only then can respect and dignity be had. Only then will the New Warrior learn to dignify and respect the personal self.

The New Warrior refuses to exploit the vulnerability of others.

The New Warrior takes responsibility for his personal suffering, and therefore takes responsibility for his conduct, word and deed, victim and perpetrator, fore going blame of others.

The New Warrior asks questions, seeks the truth, and seeks to understand, learning to speak to each as they need to be spoken to.

The shield of the New Warrior is held over the fallen, and thus held over himself as well.

The sword of the New Warrior is wielded only in the way he knows he can heal the cut he makes.

The quest of a New Warrior is the quest for a conscience, for only in conscience is there true agreement about what should be.


Obama & the Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama,

Thank you for giving hope and leading with courage. Thank you for stepping into perhaps the most difficult job in perhaps the most difficult times. Thank you for modeling courage.

Congratulations and thank you, Mr President.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf


Staffing the NCal November NWTA, Part 4

An on-going series of posts around my staffing of the next MKP NWTA in Northern California. I thought it would be interesting and enlightening to follow how this all works and you'll get to ride along on what it looks like to put on an NWTA from one man's experience...mine.

One of the issues I deal with in my world, and I see many men deal with, is asking for help. I has been a long road to be able to ask for what I need in a world that continually reinforces that I should be able to do it all myself.

I asked the men in my iGroup for the $100 fee to staff the November NCal NWTA. One man stepped up with the entire amount. He delivered it to my house on his own time.

This is what we do in MKP. We support each other. This man supported me when I had a need. I just needed to ask.

Are you able to ask for what you need?

38 days out.

See you in part 5!

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf


Not Today!

Today is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's birthday.

In his honor, International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated around the world.

Funny....I have not heard much mention of it here in the states, where freedom to demonstrate and express our words freely is a tradition. I wonder if having that right means we take it for granted?

NOT TODAY! Have a Happy Birthday, father Ghandi!

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf