Knights Without Armor (KWoA)

An Open Men's Circle in Waltham MA

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.

Our Philosophy

We believe that lasting personal change can occur only if I first come to understand what is driving my counterproductive behaviors. Achieving this understanding is our primary focus at KWoA.

Many support groups promote sharing, empathy, encouragement, and taking responsibility for my actions. In our experience, these methods — while positive and well-intentioned — are ineffective at creating lasting change as long as I remain unaware of the underlying causes of my destructive behaviors. In the absence of such awareness, this kind of "support" often serves to implictly reinforce my self-limiting beliefs. This obstructs me from discovering my truth and, from there, transforming my life.

Visitor Instructions

KWoA is open to all men (and women) visitors with advance notice.

To request attendance, email Ray at visitors@kwoa.org no later than 3pm on the prior Tuesday.

Arrive on time, plan to stay for the full three hours, and bring $7-8 dollars to contribute to our weekly room rental fee. First time visitors are asked to familiarize themselves with the reading materials below. We also suggest bringing a bottle of water (no food or other drink is allowed in the chapel).

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 Wed from 7-10pm.

Very occasionally we will cancel (e.g. due to year-end holidays), or change the location for a specific evening.

Location

First Parish­ Unitarian Church
50 Church St.
Waltham, MA 02452

Click here for a Google Map.

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.)

Transportation

There are parking lots on both sides of the church; we recommend parking in the less-used lot on the left side.

The commuter train from Boston stops at Waltham Station, a couple of blocks from the church. The #70 bus from Cambridge stops a block from the church.

If you need a ride to or from KWoA please let us know ahead of time. Often, we can accommodate these requests.

A Typical Evening with KWoA

Our meetings are generally conducted in six rounds:

Visitors are encouraged to participate fully in all rounds and to bring their own work to explore. We invite new men to take the risk of being vulnerable and to examine their feelings and shadow in the circle. We take safety seriously and honor the right of participants to "pass" during any of the rounds.

Reading Materials

We ask that first-time visitors read the following before attending:

Questions?

Email visitors@kwoa.org or contact Ben at (617-633-3881).

Disclaimers

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.