Regional councils (Cape Town and Johannesburg)
Each MKP community is led and governed by a volunteer council or committee. The council sees itself as an energy source for the community and a place to get support for the activities you want to see more of. Joining council can be a way for you to step into your leadership and bring more activities to MKP or bring MKP to more men.
While the council provides organisational leadership and overall coordination of MKP activities in the community, the deeper work we do stands on three legs: the leader body, the elder body and the lodgekeepers society.
These are men who are certified weekend leaders or on the path towards that. Their role and rigorous preparation is essential for the physical and psychic safety of all men on the MKP weekends. On your weekend there was at least one certified full leader, three certified co-leaders and one (or more) co-leader candidates.
Certification as a leader in MKP is a long and rigorous process including but not limited to formal advanced training, lots of hands-on deep experience and mentorship, and a rigorous international hot-seating process at which typically less than half the candidates are given the nod.
Most leader spend 5 to 15 years on the path to certified leadership in MKP. Along the way they are known as “Leaders in Training” (LITs) and these LITs play important leadership roles on the weekends and in the community. By all accounts, being an LIT is arduous and rewarding in service to both community and personal growth. Currently seven NWTA staffings are required to join the LIT team.
Elders in MKP are men who have claimed/declared their eldership (and are typically over 50). The depth and guidance and accumulated wisdom of the elders is vital to the health and welfare of our community and our NWTA weekends.
“What is an elder in MKP”: A Declared Elder is simply a man who has declared in some public and ritual manner that he is, indeed, on the Elder Path. Such a man has usually come to understand that there is most likely years behind than in front of him. He is coming into acceptance about his mortality. He is beginning to own the wisdom and knowledge that come with years of experience in this lifetime. He is beginning to accept that he really has nothing else to prove and that he can focus on being a human being rather than a human doing. He is coming into a place of harvesting his life….of being willing to share what he has learned with others. He is coming into a place of mentoring and Blessing of all who cross his path.
Lodgekeepers society (LKS)
The LKS is a group of men drawn to the work of the sweat lodge that you experienced in the Sunday morning Purification and Renewal (P&R) Ceremony. The LKS stands for the heart and soul of our work in MKP. Any man may join the LKS.
There is an intention to hold regular community sweats several times a year, in addition to those linked to each NWTA. The LKS is always looking for more men to step up onto the path of P&R leader. This path includes mentorship, training through oral tradition, practical experience and a hot seating process prior to being blessed to lead NWTA P&R ceremonies.
Enrollment and marketing team
Central to the work of this organisation is getting the word out about who we are and what we do, and enrolling new men who wish to join us. At present we see this operating at the following levels:
- Word of mouth – given the depth of our work this is our #1 way of spreading the news about MKP
- “Recruitment” – this is the range of activities such as open I groups, information evenings that give prospective new brothers a taste of what our work is like
- Enrollment – this team are the ones who take a man from interest in the weekend through to commitment, payment and preparation for the NWTA itself
The Enrollment team is always in need of assistance in one of these areas.
MKP International and national
Internationally, MKP operates in over 40 centres, one of which is called “Mankind Project South Africa”. The organisation is governed by a Project Council with representatives from each centre which meets once or twice a year in the USA. The current international chairman is George Daranyi.
There is currently a restructuring process under consideration with the intention of decentralising operations further. There are also annual international meetings of the LKS and the World Elder Group.
In South Africa, MKP is organised as a single MKP Centre under a legal non-profit entity called the Mankind Project of South Africa Trust.
Within the MKPSA Centre we have two active communities – Cape Town and Johannesburg – with the opportunity for initiated men to organise themselves as communities in both KZN and Eastern Cape.
There is a restructuring process currently almost complete with the intention of making the national body as lean and low-cost as possible, with almost all powers and responsibilities delegated to the CT and JHB communities.
The only people who get paid for full time jobs in MKP are a few full time organisers in the US. Everybody else does this work part time and all of us do it primarily as a giveaway.
Small fees are paid to weekend leaders and co-leaders, some community leaders (not including Joburg) get small stipends, and a nominal royalty goes to the MKP founders (Bill Kauth and Rich Tosi).
Our main source of income is fees from New Warrior Training Adventures. Most of this money gets spent on the weekends themselves (including paying airfares for the leader team of five), and what is left over goes to pay organisation running costs and with some funds for community activities (e.g. startup costs for a Head, Heart and Soul training, or community days).
Funds are usually available to reimburse men for costs incurred in doing their MKP work (for example phone costs for the enrollment team, and materials costs for the NWTA and HHS events).
We have a single bank account managed by the national treasurer. A major expense for MKPSA is fulfilling our obligation to send at least one representative to each of three annual international governing meetings of MKP.
Up to now MKPSA has managed to retain some surplus funds and invest them in developing the community including leader development.
The intention of the national Centre Director and Treasurer is to generate clear financial reports as well as forward-looking budgets for circulation to the entire community before the end of the current financial year.