Unmute Yourself

The workshop for men who are ready to re-energize themselves, their relationships, and their communities

The next 4-week workshop will be held on Jan 31, Feb 7/21/28, 2023. Sessions will be held from 7:25pm-9:40pm ET each week.

Sessions will take place in a secure videoconference led by trained facilitators who will lead participants through a series of individual reflections, collaborative activities, and group discussions. Each week will focus on a specific theme:

● Week 1: Connection – Explore what greater connection with yourself and others might look like for you. Learn to navigate your emotions.

● Week 2: Agreements – Take inventory of your significant life agreements and their impacts. Learn a simple and effective technique to increase accountability in your life and relationships.

● Week 3: Beliefs about Ourselves – Surface both self-limiting and self-affirming beliefs and how they influence your identities and relationships. Practice transforming your beliefs to reinforce new choices.

● Week 4: Vision – Access inner resources connected to your unique gratitude and vision. Design your next steps to apply these skills and concepts in your life.

Who is this for?

Men who are ready to live with greater self-awareness, intention, and purpose in their lives. In today’s world that is more distant, disconnected and “remote” than ever before, it can be an isolating experience to be a man. We’ve been conditioned to keep our feelings “on mute” as a way of surviving and being in service to others. While creating that space for other voices is more important than ever, our responsibility as men begins with hearing each other and being heard. This series is for you if you are ready to unmute yourself and open up, speak up, and show up in ways you may not have before.

Facilitator Bios

Harold Siefken

Born and educated in Germany, Harald has lived most of his professional life as an Electronics Design Engineer in Ontario. He enjoys adventures, whether journeys take him into the depth of his own psyche, into discovering Canada on a motorcycle, or hiking and camping the many beautiful parks this country has to offer. As a certified Health and Life Coach he shows people in high stress jobs that “there is more to life than just work”, thus finding deeper meaning and connection in life. Harald joined the Mankind Project in 2012 where he is recognized as a Leader in Training. These days he enjoys life goofing around with his grandkids in Muskoka, where he lives with his wife Amanda and his dog Cassie.


Andrew Breckenridge

Andrew is a high rise plumber from Hamilton ON. In October 2019 he began a journey of personal development and healing which led him to the Mankind Project in January 2021. Through active participation in the organization and other similar groups he discovered a passion for helping others by listening and sharing his experience, strength, and hope. Andrew has a passion for ecstatic dance and travels regularly to Toronto to take part in these events. Being extroverted, Andrew thrives in connection with others. This will be his first staffing opportunity with the ManKind Project and he is looking forward to many more to come.

Walter Sienko

Walter has been an adventurer, an author, world-cyclist, artist, photographer, spiritual seeker, teacher, and counselor. He has been a “Quester” his entire life. Walter holds a Bachelor of Psychology Degree, completed three years of training with the Transpersonal Therapy Center, and holds post-degree diplomas in counseling, working with men’s groups and non-violence. Walter has been a professional counselor and has supervised social workers in the areas of abuse and masculinity for over a decade and was awarded the Rich Tosi award by the ManKind Project for his service to the community. Walter has studied, taught and developed community through training with various schools, mentors and teachers from around the world for over 20 years. Walter has developed a keen sense of awareness of human consciousness and uses transpersonal methods to help guide others on their life journeys. Walter is actively involved in self-development groups, and also offers and facilitates individual and group healing through sessions and trainings. He is a deeply wise teacher who embraces the adventure of life with humor, wisdom, courage, and greatness.


Ian Watson

Ian was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Guelph, Ontario. He speaks Spanish and French fluently and has travelled to over 35 countries to date. In 2008, Ian graduated from York University with a bachelor’s degree in Business. A lifelong learner, Ian is a self-taught graphic designer, solar water heating professional, yoga/meditation instructor, photographer, green builder, permaculture designer, and most recently, men’s work facilitator. He completed his NWTA (New Warrior Training Adventure) weekend with the ManKind Project in 2016 and is now on the Leadership track. Over the past few years, Ian has lived with his fiancée in Bali over winters and helped build permaculture spaces in Ontario over warmer months.

Juan Laracuente

I am currently in my second year pursuing my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. After undergoing my own life experiences and traumas I wanted to find a way to heal. I utilize what I have learned from my trauma responses and post trauma growth to help others. My passion to help others overcome adversity is strong and apparent. I am a volunteer for victims of abuse. I also work as a disabilities support  worker, working with developmentally challenged individuals. I strive to be the change in the world by doing what I can to help create that change.


Andrew Weiss

Andrew is a musician and writer. An avid student of philosophy, meditation, music, and art, he loves to facilitate experiences of introspection and inner work that combine these passions into a supportive whole. He finds his own inner work in the ManKind Project to be an exciting blend of mindfulness, self-help, community support, and creative expression. Andrew is passionate about holding space for other men to be supported in finding inner calm while more fully expressing who they are in thoughtful, kind, and powerful ways.

Dave Uez

Dave holds an MBA from York University and a Certified Human Resources Leader designation from the HR Professionals Association. He has designed and delivered training and development programs in several countries in North America, Europe and Asia, has in-depth experience in recruitment & selection, performance management, and talent management, and has taught in business programs at several colleges and universities. Dave recently moved to the not-for-profit sector after a global career in technology, insurance and manufacturing. His current volunteer work includes mediation with Community Justice Initiatives in Waterloo Region, supporting men’s circle work and training in the ManKind Project and singing Bass in the Waterloo Region Police Chorus.


Ross Curtner

Ross is a coach and strategist. Prior to launching his current leadership company, Ross co-founded and led a creative agency where he produced films for clients in North America, Asia, and Africa. Beyond his client engagements, Ross invests in start-ups and cultural projects that are building a regenerative future. In addition to supporting men’s circles, Ross is on the leadership team of a boys’ right of passage ceremony where he guides boys and their mentors through fasts and wilderness solos. Ross is a lifelong student of the outdoors, child-like creativity, and the wild intuition he’s recovering within. He lives by a creek in Chelsea, QC.

Peter Russell

Peter graduated from Glendon College in Toronto with an Honours BA in English literature in 1975. After
graduation, he obtained his real estate license and began selling residential real estate in Central
Toronto. In 1981 he obtained his broker’s license and ran his own brokerage firm with a partner until
1994. Peter still works as a broker in the city.
In October 1997 he was invited to take the New Warrior Training Adventure weekend by one of his
clients. The experience was profound and life changing:
“My big take-away from the weekend was the concept of Accountability. For the first time in my life, I
understood that my behaviour(s) have an impact on the world around me whether those impacts were
intended or unintended.”
I am still actively involved with MKP. I have staffed over 40 NWTA weekends and sit regularly in an I-
Group. Sitting in circles of support with other men never gets old. What I learn inspires me to pay-it-
forward and hold space for others wanting to journey well.


Étienne
 Dupuy

Étienne has been an entrepreneur since the age of 20 when he started helping his family open their first restaurant, eventually taking on the role of general manager before buying his own house painting business. Fifteen years in the service industry has allowed him to work with a myriad of folks from all different walks of life. Since 2019, he has been involved in men’s work, joining a local MKP I-Group in Ottawa and completing his New Warrior Adventure Training Adventure weekend in June 2019 and staffing two more NWTAs that same year. He has been involved with the MKP Ontario Board as the Enrollment Coordinator since January 2020. Outside of work and MKP, Étienne is passionate about community building, the outdoors, kiteboarding and adventure traveling. He currently resides in Ottawa, ON.

Cost of the 4 weeks workshop is $50 (CAN).

We are committed to ensuring that this offering is accessible. Financial support is available if needed.  Please contact mankind.ont@gmail.com.

Testimonials

  • The Unmute Workshop was excellent. It is the start of my journey to become more emotionally aware and connect with my men’s circle in my hometown. I am so grateful to this program and wish I was in one sooner. The facilitators are exceptional and really make you feel comfortable which makes it much easier to be vulnerable and take one’s mask off. 🙂 – Sanjay G.
  • You only get what you put into it. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and dig deep. Surprise yourself and you will not be disappointed.
  • Great way to initiate openness and express feelings. – Frank B.
  • This was a great workshop that helped me gain a more profound understanding of myself as a man. By providing some relatively simple exercises and creating a supportive environment in which to practice them, I was able to gain some awesome insight into myself and my relationships. Huge help, and a great experience. – Graeme S 
  • It was a great experience considering I have never done anything like this, ever!
  • The Unmute workshop helped me relate to other men who share my experiences of neglect, abandonment and isolation. It is also an opportunity to make new friends &/or to deepen the values and understanding of masculinity. – Omar S.
  • This workshop was amazing and gave me the self-confidence to dive wholeheartedly into some of the things that I am struggling with as a young man. The camaraderie and support shared by everyone in the group is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. This workshop was incredible and has changed my outlook on life. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking for guidance and clarity on how they’re showing up in the world and for strengthening relationships and friendships with those they hold close to their hearts.
  • This workshop was a powerful and engaging series that really helped me to dive deeply into different areas of my life and investigate how I am showing up vs how I want to be showing up. It was inspiring and heartwarming to witness the other men going through this process with me, and the facilitators are absolutely amazing. Highly recommended for anyone whether just getting into or already experienced in men’s work. – Brett S