The ManKind Project

The Mankind ProjectLast night I attended a graduation ceremony for The ManKind Project.

The ManKind Project® offers trainings which support men in developing lives of integrity, accountability, and connection to feeling. Our trainings challenge men to develop their abilities as leaders, fathers, and elders as ways of offering their deepest gifts in service to the world.

The ManKind Project’s New Warrior Training AdventureTM is an intense, transformative men’s initiation which invites men to forge a deep conscious connection between head and heart. The NWTA offers men a powerful, challenging opportunity to look at all aspects of their lives in a richly supportive environment.

The New Warrior Training AdventureTM is the gateway to the ManKind Project.

It was pretty amazing to see all these men gather and discuss the relationships and experience they had going away for a weekend (and beating a drum no less) to face their pains in life and heal through this ‘spiritual’ experience. I’m interviewing four guys that went through the process for this week’s sheep.

  • David

    April 3, 2005, 10:43 am

    sounds like it may be time for you to take the training and get the experience directly. what do you think?

  • D. Goodmanson

    April 3, 2005, 9:23 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion David. I’ve actually had my own experience of rite-of-passage and eldership. My rite of passage was baptism into the family of God through Jesus Christ and my elder process was the discipleship, mentoring and training I’ve had at church. Each week men get together on Monday nights here in San Diego to “forge a deep conscious connection between head and heart” as they sharpen one another in the Word of God. We also deal with this transformation at Kaleo Church. It’s been awesome to see men go from being childish to Godly warriors willing to lead, serve and sharpen one another.

  • Ira K

    September 23, 2005, 7:28 am

    I honor your rites of passage and I see there are many passage’s ina life. I have been involved in MKP for 10 years and have know and seen men of every religious belief take this journey.
    I offer that every experience in my life brought me to who I am. So my question is “WHAT IS AT RISK TO EXPLORE THIS ONE?”

    I honor you for what ever decision oyu make

  • D. Goodmanson

    September 23, 2005, 9:12 am


    The risk is MKP and other paths offer paths that address the symptoms (desire for community, healing of guilt, loss of responsibility) which, although these are good, do not ultimately deal with the root.

    The root is that there is no amount of ‘looking within’ that is going to solve the problem. Our problem is we are burdened with guilt and separated from the creator of the universe. The only remedy to solve our separation is through the mediation of Jesus, who came to reconcile us to our creator. We, as creatures, need the creator to open our eyes spiritually or we will remain as the blind leading the blind.

    The risk then, is to accept symptomatic fixes to a much larger problem.

  • james

    January 5, 2006, 1:30 pm

    Out of curiousity… can you describe your relationship with Jesus? What does Jesus do to reconcile you with your creator? How do you know when your creator has opened your eyes spiritually? I’ve sought a relationship with God and always wanted to receive guidance from him… but I’ve never received guidance through anything other than human connections. I’ve not heard a voice from the sky giving me advice. I’ve gotten my spiritual experiences through interactions with people. Maybe that is god… making the people in my life vessels for his presence in my life. If that’s the case, I should fear no risk of exploring opportunities to connect with people in new and different ways because it is through these connections that I experience god. So far god hasn’t told me to avoid connecting with other well-meaning, inspired men, and until he does, I think I’ll explore.