What Is KWoA?
Knights Without Armor (KWoA) is an open men's circle affiliated with The ManKind Project USA (MKP). Our mission is to develop better men through self-awareness, inner healing, and personal growth. We do so by creating a safe, powerful container in which we explore our emotions and the unconscious shadows that keep us from living the full, authentic lives to which we aspire.
We believe that lasting personal change can only occur by first coming to understand what is driving our counterproductive behaviors. Achieving this understanding is our primary focus at KWoA.
Many support groups promote sharing, empathy, encouragement, and taking responsibility for one's actions. Atlhough well-intentioned, we believe that these methods are ineffective at creating lasting change for a man as long as he remains unaware of the underlying causes of his destructive behaviors. In the absence of such awareness, this "support" often serves to implictly reinforce the man's self-limiting beliefs. This obstructs him from discovering his truth and, from that place, transforming his life.
KWoA is open to all men (and women) visitors with advance notice.
To request attendance, email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org before 3pm on the Tuesday prior to the night you wish to attend.
Arrive on time, plan to stay for the full three hours, and bring $10 dollars to contribute to our weekly room rental fee. We suggest bringing a bottle of water (no food or other drink is allowed in the chapel).
First time visitors are asked to familiarize themselves with the reading materials below prior to attending.
Note: Full voting members are permitted to deny visitor requests, although in practice this rarely occurs. While we generally recommend the ManKind Project's New Warrior Training Adventure to visiting men, there is no requirement for men to do the weekend in order to continue visiting the group or to become a member.
Date and Time
KWoA meets every Wednesday from 7-10pm. Very occasionally we will cancel (e.g. due to year-end holidays), or change the location for a specific evening.
First Parish Unitarian Church
50 Church St.
Waltham, MA 02452
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We meet in the small white chapel to the right side of the main church building. Enter through the chapel's front door. (There is usually an AA meeting going on in the main church building.)
There are parking lots on both sides of the church; we recommend parking in the less-used lot on the left side.
If you need a ride to or from KWoA please let us know ahead of time. Often, we can accommodate these requests.
We ask that first-time visitors read the following before attending:
- Container Agreements: the agreements we make and to which we hold one another accountable, in order to form a strong and safe container
- Language Lab: best practices for speaking cleanly in circle
- Definition of Shadow: an introduction to the core concept underpinning our work
- The Five Primary Emotions: an overview of the "primary colors" of emotions and the messages they send
KWoA maintains email listservs for announcements, discussion, and member-specific matters, respectively. To be added to one of our mailing lists please email email@example.com.
KWoA is a peer-facilitated, not-for-profit educational group. It is not psychotherapy or a substitute for it. Please consult a licensed mental health professional before making any major life decisions or changes to your current psychotherapy or medication regimens. If you are experiencing homicidal, suicidal, or other dangerous urges please dial 9-1-1 immediately to get help.
KWoA adopts, and recommends that visitors review, the ManKind Project's Declaration on Mental Health.