I went through the Woman Within training weekend in 1992, and immediately began to staff weekends, and begin the work of building a local community with a few other women in the St. Louis area. Eventually, there were enough women to start holding events, and I would always invite my husband Dave to those gatherings, knowing he would meet men from the MKP community who might interest him in the NWTA. Although Dave seemed to enjoy the community events, he had no interest whatsoever in doing the training, and at some point, I stopped suggesting it to him – I knew that he was a fine man whether or not he did the NWTA. Then, we attended a W2W/MKP talent show and silent auction. Not only did he perform during the talent show, but he bought into a silent auction item that happened to be a foursome round of golf with 3 other warriors. When he came back from that round of golf a few weeks later, he told me he was signing up for the weekend. Needless to say, I was shocked. So, in 2000, Dave took off for Camp Butterfly. When he walked through the door on Sunday afternoon, I asked him how it was, and he said ”it was magical.” What I loved about the effects of the NWTA and subsequent I-group training was that it gave Dave and me a common language. We’d been involved in healing work together for a long time, but now, with each of us in our respective support circles, attending other community functions, doing service projects–together as an initiated couple, there seemed to be an deeper intimacy. And in the 10 years since, it just keeps getting better.
Joanne Mahler July 18, 2016