The New Warrior Training Adventure is a singular type of life-affirming event, honoring the best in what men have to offer the planet. We are only able to recognize the powerful brilliance of men because we are willing to look at, and take full responsibility for, the pain we are also capable of creating … and suffering. This is the paradox of modern masculinity, and it is a lesson we are dedicated to learning and teaching.
The New Warrior Training Adventure is a modern male initiation and self-examination. We believe that this is crucial to the development of a healthy and mature male self, no matter how old a man is. It is the “hero’s journey” of classical literature and myth that has nearly disappeared in modern culture. We ask men to stop living vicariously through movies, television, addictions and distractions and step up into their own adventure – in real time and surrounded by other men.
Before men come to the NWTA what they really want to know is:
- Will I be safe?
- Will I be respected?
- Can I opt out?
Ultimately every man is responsible for his own safety on the training, and there is an element of risk involved. Without risk there is no challenge; without challenge, there is no growth. That said, your safety is a primary priority for the staff and leaders, and every NWTA includes a safety team, including men certified in CPR, whose focus is the physical and emotional safety of all men present. We have developed specific safety protocols for use in emergencies.
Every NWTA participant is afforded a deep level of respect by the staff, though this may show up in the form of tough love at times. During our processes, we will sometimes give you instructions about what to do, but we will never tell you what to think or feel.
Any Man May Pass
All our processes are optional. Near the beginning of the training a staff man will say aloud “You may pass and not participate.” This is a reminder that we are each responsible for our own well-being. If you choose not to take part in a process, we will encourage you to observe in order to stay connected with what’s going on.
“The only devils in the world are those running around in our own hearts. That is where the battle must be fought.” — Mahatma Ghandi
For answers to your questions, see the FAQ’s.
The Northern California Community charges $749 tuition*; a $150 deposit will hold your spot. Tuition varies at other communities. All NCal NWTAs start on a Friday at 5 p.m and end on the following Sunday around 4:30 p.m.
- May 15-17, Humanist Hall, Oakland, CA (Urban NWTA; special registration requirement, contact Randall for more details.)
- Jun 12-14, Donner Mine Camp, Nevada City, CA Register
- Sep 11-13, Camp Royaneh, Cazadero, CA Register
- Oct 2-4, Camp Augusta, Nevada City, CA Register
Registration closes the Tuesday before each NWTA at 4 p.m. (PT).
*7-day $150 transferable cancellation fee; if you cancel within 7 days of your NWTA (after 5 p.m. the Friday before you NWTA) you will be offered another NWTA and your $150 will then be transferred to that NWTA.
Payment plans available. After you pay the $150 deposit, how does an auto-pay, four-month, no-interest payment plan sound to you? You sign up allowing us to bill your credit or debit card for the remaining $599 balance ($149.75/month). Simple. Just let Randall know.
To find out where and when the ManKind Project is holding New Warrior Training Adventures, see our complete online calendar. Sign up for our NWTA notification list to learn when and where NWTAs are coming; you can unsubscribe easily and we won’t share your email address.