Testimonials

The best measure of the ManKind Project’s success is how the lives of men and their loved ones have been impacted…

 


Paul Hawkes “I just think that my life is fuller…”

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Alastair Morrison

Alastair Morrison

As someone that has a deep interest in personal development, on a particular training course I was on, I’d asked one of the organisers (of the other training course) what was the best training course he had ever been on.

He said without hesitation “New Warrior Training Adventure”. Given I knew he was quite involved on both sides of the personal development world; I took this as an excellent recommendation and booked on the next available course.

Now having done my own NWTA, I can also say the same. The training weekend is awesome – the best training course I have ever done – working at a very deep and profound level. Having also observed massive breakthroughs with many, many other participants, NWTA should be made compulsory for all men!!!

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Kenny D’Cruz “I found a lot of men I respected…”

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Bennie Naudé

Bennie Naudé

Truth be told – I hated my weekend. I was uncomfortable receiving the very thing I’d really wanted in my life – being challenged, supported and encouraged by men; challenged to be ME, to play a bigger game in life, to live my life to the full.

Even though I did not enjoy the experience I knew that I’d found something of huge value there, and my life today proves it.

Having been constantly challenged for over 10 years to accept myself as I am has totally changed my life.

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Mark Powley “… the more I do, the better at life I’m getting.”

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Ben Gold

Ben Gold

I truly had a life changing experience.

I did the Adventure about ten years ago and I experienced a connection both with myself and with other men that I had never experienced before.

The weekend allowed me to think about what was important in my life and to make changes that previously I didn’t even realise were on my radar. I discovered my personal mission and it is this that has brought about the biggest life changes for me.

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Robert Taylor “Today’s a very special day for me…”

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Michael Whiteley, Counsellor

Michael W

Doing the NWTA was a catalyst that started a major change in how I presented myself in the world.

Before the weekend I was fearful, insecure, and isolated. The weekend provided a space where I could meet my biggest fear: Being around men.! This is something I longed for but was terrified of!

From that experience, seeds were planted and I know if it had not been for the NWTA, I would not be standing in a place today respecting who I am, engaging with my world and enjoying the company of other men.

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Rod

Rod B

I spent 20 odd years of my life living behind the mask of “competent businessman” before my life fell apart – a classic mid life crisis!

I believe those things happened because the strain of living without fulfilling my inner desires was too great to sustain. I needed and wanted so much to find a purpose, a way of life that fit with who I am, my deepest values and beliefs.

It hasn’t happened easily, or quickly, but MKP provided a place where the potential for change was available – and the support I needed to help that change happen has been freely available in ways I could never have imagined when I started this mid-life journey.

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Brett S

Brett S

Doing my training weekend was the beginning of a journey that has enriched my life in many ways.

For me MKP has been a supportive community as well as a place where I can get honest feedback and insight about how I live my life, clear conflict and deal with issues of integrity.

I have grown very close to many of the men within MKP and the sense of belonging and connection I have from the whole community is very precious to me.

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Darel

Darel G

At my warrior weekend I met a caliber of men I didn’t know existed, men who didn’t care where I was from, what I did or how much money I made or what teams I backed. These were men who wanted to know the truth about who I really am as a man, what feelings were long buried deep in my heart or what thoughts I had previously been afraid to speak. These men were not ashamed to be authentically emotional and to reveal themselves in all their rawness and glory … to be real in the moment and fully available to support their brothers in a grand discovery of their deep and sacred masculine selves.

My weekend helped me to break through the hidden obstacles that long prevented me from living from a place of unique power as a fully realized man. These men helped me to take an honest look at the scary darker places of my past, my personality quirks, my fears and anger and sadness, and the ways that my life wasn’t working and was, unfortunately, adversely impacting me and those I love.

These men honored the feelings I had buried growing up as a boy, blessing and empowering me in discovering my shadows and owning my gifts and my gold as a unique being, helping me gain clarity in how I can live a mission-oriented life and be of selfless service in my community and in the world.

I felt a strange paradox through the course of the weekend. I had literally never been more challenged or felt more supported to account for and fully own my truth, both the ugly and weak and the beautiful, powerful and mysterious aspects of my life, all within the safe container of a brotherhood of honor and respect that I have longed for my entire life. Because of the sheer transformative power of that weekend my life has truly never been the same and will not be the same going forward.

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Wynne Strideman writes…

I found the Adventure more challenging than any previous experience and all condensed into such a short space of time. I shifted more as a person in those few hours than I had in the previous 5 years of doubt and uncertainty.

I was very nervous about my sexuality being a problem during the weekend. I thought I was the only gay man, but by the end of weekend I found I had never felt so cherished and supported by other men – gay, straight or bi – without being judged for my sexuality, for my faults, or my self doubt.

I left with many of those worries banished, and some of them never returned. I also realised that one of the workers was himself gay and I knew I was not alone.

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Steve C writes…

It changed my life. What I got from the training was a renewed trust in men. And I found when I can trust men, then I can trust myself. The effect this has had on my life is profound and powerful.

I choose to stay active within the organisation. It continues to challenge me and encourages me to become a leader of men. It has enabled me to recognise my true power and beauty as a man. For that I am eternally grateful to those who cared enough about me to nag me into signing up for the Adventure.

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Shaky S writes…

I don’t think I will ever be able to quantify the joy and gifts that I have received from being a part of The ManKind Project and doing my NWTA in March 2006.

The NWTA was a memorable and amazing event which started a journey of self discovery. I really don’t think I would have been able to take the steps that I have if it hadn’t been for attending the NWTA.

Since then the men in my I-Groups and other men that I have met within MKP have become a source of comfort and strength. I know I can look at parts of my life which I may not otherwise explore because I have the love and support of my I-Group brothers. I also know that I have a place where I am welcome and accepted for all of who I am but will and can be challenged if they judge that I’m not being my authentic self.

I am proud and humbled to be part of an organisation which I believe is changing the world one man at a time for the better.

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Dr Simon H writes…

I am a psychiatrist, and have seen many good therapies, but nothing as unique and life affirming as the NWTA. When I did it, it made me grow up.

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Mark W writes…

On the recommendation of a good friend I attended the New Warrior Training Adventure in the UK in May 2003. Around that time I was doing a lot of personal development work and was spending a huge amount of money and time focused on getting clear about life and myself.

Of all the courses I have done I haven’t felt moved to recommend them to other people – they were right for me, mostly, but I didn’t feel moved to recommend them to others. The NWTA weekend had such a deep, profound and real impact on me I wholeheartedly advocate that any man attend. Several men have attended having listened to my experience of the weekend, not because I wanted them to go but because they knew they needed to go after listening to my story. MKP puts back into our society some of that which has been lost to men with ‘progress’. It helps a man re-discover parts of himself that have been hidden for years and become more whole.

Go for it – you won’t regret it.

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Richard L writes…

The Adventure has changed my perception of life and the reasons for living it.

I came to the weekend a man who knew in his heart what he wanted from life but hadn’t the courage to take action to get it.

I left the weekend a man of fewer words but with the courage to face my fears and step into the unknown, mentally and physically. I feel alive, present, and ultimately I feel a deeper sense of peace. I am. That’s it. I am.

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Alexander M writes…

When I went to the weekend my marriage had become a battle of wills and I had begun to experience moments of violent rage for the first time in my life. I found myself in a place I did not want to be and seemingly powerless to get out.

With some encouragement from my brother who had already done the course, I went on the weekend. I went with the intention of letting off steam, of complaining about my wife and in search of justification and support of me, but when the moment came, my focus was somewhere else entirely. That moment of self-realisation and the weekend were the first few steps on a journey, during which I have claimed back my strength, allowing me in turn to offer it in support.

I am deeply grateful for the experience which has helped me, over time, to bring the love and friendship back into my marriage.

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