MKPLA – History

On Tuesday, July 1, 1997, the first Council of The ManKind Project Los Angeles Community met at the offices of Small World Toys in Culver City, California and discussed and adopted by consensus the ideas and principles contained in the Community Governance Plan which has guided the Community since that time. Born out of the Community of MKP San Diego, the men of that MKPLA Council agreed to follow and improve the Community Governance Plan. The Community Governance Plan was blessed by the MKPLA Community at its first Community Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, October 14, 1997.

It used to be the norm that at most every official gathering of MKPLA (e.g. Council meeting, Community meeting, Thursday Staff meetings of the NWTA’s, Graduations/Homecomings, etc.) a man would stand and speak the mission from memory as stated in the Community Governance Plan to remind us of the intent of the first men who came together in 1997 and to remind us of the journey of our Community. That mission is stated as follows:

“To create a community that empowers men to manifest their dreams by discovering and teaching the sacred knowledge of being a man.”

Like most chapters of the Mankind Project, the Los Angeles center began as a satellite to an older, more established center, San Diego. San Diego was itself a spinoff of an older center, when three men who “went through” in Chicago brought the work west.

However, as recently as 1992, if a man from the LA area wished to be initiated into what was then known as the New Warrior Network, he still had to travel to San Diego. There were men from Orange County and Riverside, West Hollywood and Studio City, Pasadena and San Bernardino – in other words, Angelenos from the far corners of this geographically diverse area – all making the pilgrimage to San Diego on a regular basis to staff, brother dance and be in community with men.

By about 1994, the LA contingent had grown so large that it seemed logical to become our own community. We started having community meetings in Culver City, at Eddy Goldwasser’s Small World Toys company warehouse. Los Angeles was granted Provisional Center status.

Soon thereafter, Los Angeles became a full-fledged Center in the New Warrior Network. By 1998, things were going strong. The Center was now called Mankind Project Los Angeles, and was already helping to develop another community as well, Mankind Project Santa Barbara. This is all as it should be, consistent with the MKPI credo of building consciousness, “one man at a time.”

While the flame was carried initially from a small group of men who discovered the work in a place called Haimowoods in the Midwest, to another group in Chicago; it made its way to San Diego and then the light was carried to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Who knows where it will go next?

We live in a diverse community that is spread out over approximately 30,000 square miles of Southwestern terrain, with desert vistas, mountain ranges, vast valleys, ocean beaches, lakes, rivers & streams. Where else could one make a choice to snow ski, water ski, mountain climb, surf, hike or fish… or any number of world-class museums, parks, gardens, events or amusement locations, on the same day?

When we sit in circle with our brothers, whether it be on a mat in the corner of someone’s garage, or on a couch in a home office in the suburbs, we are one and the same, brothers in communion with each other, ready to “do our work”. And when one of us has reached some point of epiphany, the others in the circle will all shout affirmatively in the same guttural exclamation of the Native American tongue, “Aho!”

The ManKind Project is a global nonprofit [501 (c)(3)] charitable organization that conducts challenging and highly rewarding programs for men at every stage of life. The ManKind Project supports a global network of peer-facilitated men's groups where men mentor men through the passages of their lives. The ManKind Project empowers men to missions of service, supporting men to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the world. We help men through any transition, men at all levels of success, men facing almost any challenge. Our flagship training, described by many as the most powerful men's training available, is the New Warrior Training Adventure. The ManKind Project (MKP) is not affiliated with any religious practice or political party. We strive to be increasingly inclusive and culturally aware.