A Life-changing 48 hour experience for men. To find out where and when the ManKind Project is holding New Warrior Training Adventures, see our complete online calendar by CLICKING HERE.
WHAT IS IT: The New Warrior Training Adventure is a REAL TIME hero’s journey. It is the challenge of a lifetime for many men. It’s safe, supportive and cutting edge. It is NOT a retreat, a conference or a workshop. It is NOT like anything you’ve done before. Many men say that this experience is second only to seeing and supporting the birth of their children.
HOW LONG IS IT: Exact times vary, but 5 PM FRIDAY until 4 PM SUNDAY is usual.
WHAT YOU WILL GET: You’ll get more than you’re willing to hope for: purpose, passion, vibrancy, joy, healing, connection to self, new energy, clarity, power, freedom, understanding, brotherhood, trust. Nearly 50,000 men have now taken this journey, and every man’s experience has been unique.
WHAT DOES IT COST: Prices vary according to location, average is $675 US. This includes all accommodations, meals and materials. The New England community uses a unique payment process that allows ANY man who wants to attend the training an affordable way to get it.
WHO RUNS IT: The ManKind Project International. We are a 27 year-old member supported, non-profit, non-political, and non-religious training organization with a proven track-record of helping men grow, flourish, and build community. Men of all backgrounds, races, religions, sexual orientations, and ages benefit from the work we do.
We want your life to be ALL that you want it to be. We want you to be healthy in mind, body and spirit, to feel valuable and powerful as a mature man in the world. We want a culture that is safe, supportive and vibrant for our partners, families, kids and grand-kids. If you want that too, then take this to heart – this training will have a profound impact on you and all those you care about.
The Benefits of Risk
- You’ll experience a level of energy, a quality of masculinity, a deep sense of safety, joy and laughter, anger and fear, physical challenge, and a connection to life’s mystery that we can’t explain to you, no matter how hard we try.
- You’ll have the opportunity to look with fearless honesty at the life you’ve created, and make profound choices about what you want to keep, what you want to expand, and what you want to let go of.
- You’ll discover your unique connection to manhood, explore a new way of understanding masculinity, and step fully into the man you envision yourself to be.
Intention and commitment – What we practice and why.
- Emotional Authenticity – We believe in honesty and wholeness … we practice emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
- Personal Responsibility – We value integrity and accountability … we take 100% responsibility for our feelings, and we own the impacts – both positive and negative – of our choices and actions.
- Leadership Mastery – We believe that role models change lives … we practice highly principled personal, interpersonal, and group leadership.
- Empowered Mission – We value generosity, service, and connection to spirit … we explore and live from our deepest purpose.
- Supportive Community – We care for ourselves and the generations to come … we create a place for men from all walks of life to learn and teach in a safe, respectful, challenging, and inclusive peer-network.
The New Warrior Training Adventure is a singular type of life affirming event, honoring the best in what men have to offer the planet. We are only able to recognize the powerful brilliance of men because we are willing to look at, and take full responsibility for, the pain we are also capable of creating … and suffering. This is the paradox of modern masculinity, and it is a lesson we are dedicated to learning and teaching. The New Warrior Training Adventure is a modern male initiation and self-examination. We believe that this is crucial to the development of a healthy and mature male self, no matter how old a man is. It is the “hero’s journey” of classical literature and myth that has nearly disappeared in modern culture. We ask men to stop living vicariously through movies, television, addictions and distractions and step up into their own adventure – in real time and surrounded by other men. “The only devils in the world are those running around in our own hearts. That is where the battle must be fought.” — Mahatma Gandhi
- Who, What and Where?
- Who Runs the Training?
- How Do I Register?
- How Much Does the Training Cost?
- Who Comes to the Training?
- Am I Ready?
- What Happens After the Training?
- Does this work make a real difference?
- Is the New Warrior Training Adventure for Every Man?
- What Will I Get Out of This?
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Who, What and Where? The basics: You will join a group of between 15 and 40 other men at a camp or retreat facility somewhere in one of our geographical Areas. We recommend that men drive no more than 3 hours to the training site. You will be asked to car-pool, in line with a commitment to ecological consciousness and as a way of beginning to create connections and camaraderie with the other men attending the training. From Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, (with meals, breaks and time for sleep) you will be asked to join in a series of processes and activities – all designed with one goal in mind – to help every man at the training step into his own unique sense of himself as a man among men. Some of the activities are individual, many are group processes. There are physical activities, writing, visualizations. It will be one of the most action packed weekends of your life. You will be guided on this journey by a group of 25 to 50 staff men. Some of these men will be staffing for the first time, others will have had decades of experience and advanced training. Each staff man will play a role in creating the weekend experience. On Sunday afternoon, after celebrating your success, you will return home. It is a good idea to have a quiet evening planned. Some men choose to take Monday off in order to digest their experience and catch up on sleep. It will be up to you what you do with what you have learned about yourself and other men. For many men, Monday’s sunrise is the beginning of a life with a renewed sense of vitality and purpose. Back to Top
Who Runs the Training? The ManKind Project, an international not-for-profit organization, has assembled a highly-motivated, experienced staff to lead the training programs. Most staff members are volunteers, and because all have experienced the initiation process themselves, they have a compelling sense of male initiation and authentic self-examination. The Leader team on your training will have years of experience working with men in transformational settings. Leaders in the ManKind Project have chosen to live a life of fierce and rigorous self-examination. They have been judged repeatedly by their peers, and by the ManKind Project, and certified to lead the New Warrior Training: a serious responsibility. Their commitment is to the safety and success of each man on a training weekend. In the final analysis, however, you run your own training through the responses and decisions you make along your journey. The staff serve as your guides and mentors, but you choose your own level of commitment, and you decide how far you will explore the inner terrain of your life, to discover the treasures, and obstacles buried within your self. Back to Top
How Do I Register? Only you can decide if you are ready to participate in the New Warrior Training Adventure. There is likely a training happening near you soon in one of our 11 global regions. See our How To Engage page [on the ManKind Project International web site] for more information on where our trainings are held. Click Here to register. There is a simple process for registering that includes a detailed questionnaire. Some communities also conduct telephone or face to face interviews. Not every man is ready for the NWTA, but most men are. Face the fear. Take the risk. Back to Top
How Much Does the Training Cost? To produce the ManKind Project New England’s New Warrior Training Adventure costs our center about $675.00 per man. To reserve your space in the training weekend, you must pay a deposit of $250.00 by credit card.