We are made up of a group of the 60,000+ men who have been through various levels of training with the ManKind Project, or men who are new to the group investigating what the ManKind Project has to offer. Our format provides opportunity for personal growth, acceptance of self and others, and increased conscious awareness.
We typically gather the first and third Sundays at 4:00 pm for 2 1/2 hours. The meetings are not chat sessions, but rather they follow a systematic format of varied exercises geared to center oneself in awareness of present feelings and assorted processes to explore those feelings if requested. Varied exercises provide: connection between group attendees, opportunity to challenge ourselves and others, be supportive, evaluation of hindering roadblocks to progress, and provide tools to assist in one's desired goal(s).
As an attendee you can expect assorted things, from: men who will speak honestly about how they are feeling at the present moment, and from moment to moment, a structured meeting format, time spent explaining to newcomers on how the group is run, what we expect from each person in the group in terms of confidentiality and how we communicate within the group structure, the opportunity for you to participate as much as you want or don't want, some use of Jungian archetypes to assist in understanding ourselves, structured processes used to help us get in contact with ourselves and issues that might be creating discord within ourself.
The whole evening is truly a memorable experience, particularly if one has not been exposed to men talking honestly. Some of us are religious, some of us are spiritual, some are atheists, basically any man is welcome to attend. I think we all believe that our methodologies create a safe (some say "sacred") space. I believe we also recognize and acknowledge the pain associated with living and have compassion for others and share a common commitment to be of value to others, ourselves, and community by doing the stuff (work) we do in this group. Please let us know if you have additional questions. At our meetings we start to gather around 3:45 PM, newcomers are welcome to come at 3:30 pm to ask questions about the group.