ManKind Project USA (MKP)
Dan Schou, Registration Coordinator
ManKind Project USA Presents Barrier Free NWTA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prescott, AZ – The Southwest Community of the ManKind Project USA will present the first ever Barrier Free NWTA (New Warrior Training Adventure), taking place in Prescott, Arizona November 30th through December 2nd, 2018, including both staff and participants with varying physical abilities and challenges. This is a “Gateway” training for men with physical disabilities.
The NWTA is a modern male initiation and self-examination. MKP USA believes that this is crucial to the development of a healthy and mature male self, no matter how old a man is. MKP asks men to stop living vicariously through movies, TV, addictions and distractions and step up into their own adventure – in real time, surrounded by other men.
Mickey Kay, a Senior staff and MKP leader, says, “For the past 6 years MKP has helped me grow in ways I haven’t found anywhere else in my life. Time and again I’ve pushed my growth edge in ways I didn’t think possible, all the while supported by loving men who challenge and support me, hold me accountable and help me seek my deepest truths. As a disabled man who has pushed for inclusivity in all aspects of my life, it absolutely delights me to finally see the first ever Barrier Free NWTA come to life. It’s going to be one-of-a-kind incredible, I promise you that!”
A diverse staff from around the globe have been meeting to prepare for this groundbreaking NWTA, with the intention of providing similar Gateway trainings regularly around the world. The Barrier Free NWTA is designed to allow men of varying physical abilities to experience a breakthrough weekend of connection, understanding, and empowerment.
Art Patterson – a man with a mission. After his own initiation experience with The MKP over 18 years ago, and now as the senior member of his men’s group in Richmond, VA, Art’s dream has been for more men with physical challenges to go thru a New Warrior Training together. Art, who lives with cerebral palsy, says, “A man will find that he will be treated as an equal among other men, viewed for his gifts and not his physical challenges.” Art’s goal for this first event: “To create a training where any man is able to find himself, be proud of who he is, and experience a place where he is valued, while at the same time, he can be nurtured by other men who know or feel his struggle.”
The Full-Leader of the training, Greg Gondron, is no stranger to Gateway NWTAs, founding GBTQ and Deaf/Hard of hearing NWTAs. Greg said, “Each of us has a unique story, one to be witnessed and shared. We are creating a training for men to examine barriers, real or imagined, while discovering their gifts, value, and abilities in a safe, compassionate space.”
The Mankind Project is a global nonprofit organization inclusive of men of all backgrounds, orientations, ages, faiths, no faiths, and now, varying abilities and challenges. For info on on how you or a loved one can participate contact Dan Schou at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-690-8498. Men can register online: NWTA.MKP.org