Here and There - August/September 2016

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): August 21st at Harry Greenberg’s, 2435 Garfield Ave S, 55405, 612-599-3298. September 18th at Andy Mickel’s 106 SE Arthur Ave, 55414, 612-331-8396. 16 men attended David’s brunch in July. – Andy Mickel, 2016-05-16.

Minnesota ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) for men in Minnesota will be hosted by Central Plains MKP and held at Eagle Lake Camp near Brainerd, MN the weekend of October 7-9. Cost is $595 with some scholarship assistance available from Thursday Open Men’s Circle at Twin Cities Men’s Center. To register and for more information, go to FFI: Jamie Wellik, 612-267-2467. – Jamie Wellik, 2016-07-19.

Robert Moore, co-author of “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover” in 1990 along with Doug Gillette, died the second week in June. Jim Lovestar, TCMC board chair from 1985-87 wrote: “He was brilliant. He said in a speech to an ManKind Project gathering in 1995: ‘Could it be in the 25th century, some elder is going to be telling a story like this to a group of children: It came to pass in the later years of the 20th century that a small band of men of different races, from different walks of life, woke up, looked around, and saw what time it was. They saw how desperate the situation was, and how bad the odds were that they could do the work that needed to be done, but they nevertheless said ‘YES’ to the challenge. Children, though we cannot remember their names, we are eternally grateful to them.’” – Jim Lovestar, 2016-06-20.

I am with the comedy and improv theatre Brave New Workshop in Downtown Minneapolis and am reaching out to the Twin Cities Men’s Center to invite men to attend a free improv class in August — a 90 minute one-time class that’s a great introduction to basic improv and an awesome way to meet new people. Two dates to choose from: Tuesday, 8/2/2016 from 6:30-8:00pm & Tuesday, 8/16/2016 from 6:30-8:00pm Register:
FFI: for more information on adult improv classes. – Julia Plasynski 952.687.1629, - 2016-06-27

“Why Campus Rape is a Men’s Issue”
At the beginning of his presentation at Metro State University, Keith Edwards showed a slide of a poster that upon first glance read: Men Rape. That certainly got the attention of a packed classroom full of educators, there for the first statewide summit on sexual violence on college campuses. If you looked a little closer, however, the words “men” and “rape” were sandwiched around the words, “can stop.” Both statements are true, but Edwards was trying to make the point that his social change approach to sexual violence turns the traditional way of looking at rape upside down. More at: – Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune, 2016-06-12

New Warrior Training in Minnesota Celebrates 25 years! – Jamie Wellik
The local Community of ManKind Project (MKP), congratulates the Men’s Center on forty years of service to men! It has been a full quarter century since the New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) first came roaring into Minnesota. Ever since several men organized to bring this powerful men’s training from its original site in Wisconsin, the New Warrior Training has grown to more than 90 communities throughout the United States and today has a presence in over 21 countries world-wide. Mexico and Scandinavia are the latest places to initiate men into greater authenticity, integrity and mission with the NWTA.

And the Twin Cities Men’s Center has been home to a number of “New Warriors” over the years: the first 2 warrior brothers from Minnesota were Norm Petrik and Jim Lovestar, who was TCMC board chair 1985-87. Tom Weaver, Gerald Obremski, and Scott Benson were among the first year’s participants in several weekend trainings offered in Minnesota for the first time in late 1990 and 1991. Others active at the Twin Cities Men’s Center who completed the warrior training include board members and alternates Norm Petrik, Andy Mickel, Dan Gorbanow, and Malik Holt. The Anger Management Program, coordinated by warrior brother John Hesch is among several programs at the Men’s Center, has benefited from a number of New Warriors active and engaged in taking their mission to the world.

The ManKind Project challenges men to find and develop their own life’s mission and to live that mission fully with the support of other men. Men involved in MKP live with a sense of purpose grounded in their own unique experiences. With a commitment to self-awareness and universalism — new warriors create a web of interconnected communities working to change the world for the better.

This fall the larger Central Plains Area of ManKind Project will host two special New Warrior Training Adventures:  returning to Camp Eagle Lake October 7-9 at Brainerd, Minnesota for the first time in several years and a first — ever Gateway Training for GBTQ men south of Des Moines, Iowa November 18-20th. Go to for additional information or show up at the 7:00 p.m. Thursday night Men’s Open Circle at the Men’s Center.

Jamie Wellik is MKP Minnesota Community Coordinator and is a board alternate at TCMC.