Men’s Groups

Men’s Groups –  Santa Barbara / San Luis Obispo / Ventura
MKP Mens Groups SB

Open Men’s Circles

(a free introduction to a space where men are real and authentic): The Open Circles are a great place to experience what this work is about.
Join us as we explore what it means to be a man in today’s world in a safe and respectful setting. We’ll be taking a look at what we want from our lives and will support each other in discovering how to get from where we are to where we want to be.  All men are welcome. There is no charge for participation.

San Luis Obispo County:  Contact Ken Frye 805-459-7808 Ken@kenfrye.com for general information

SLO Open I-Group
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m
Ken Frye 805 459-7808
Swan’s Nest of  Transformation

San Luis Obispo
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Reid Patterson (408) 666-7722

Iron Crucible Circle (CLOSED)
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
David Clark 235-2774

Garage Band (CLOSED)
2nd and 4th Wednesdays 6 to 9:00 p.m.
Brad Britton 440-5308

Atascadero Open Circle
1st and 3rd Wednesdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
David Clark 235-2774

Swallow Creek Ranch Open I-Group Cayucos
1st and 3rd Thursdays 5:45 to 9 p.m.
Reuel Czach 805 471-9342

SLO Elders Open Circle  Cayucos
4th Thrusday 5:45 to 9 p.m.
Reuel Czach 805 471-9342
Gold Mining I-Group

Cayucos
2nd Thursday 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kevin Hauber 459-8844 

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San Luis Obispo
4th Tuesday 6 to 9 p.m.
Reid Patterson (408) 666-7722

Dancing Deer Open I-Group
Every Monday 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Clif Weldon
(805) 302-7238

 

Santa Barbara

The Courageous Sages  Carpinteria
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Blake Hawthorne  805 637-5105

Santa Barbara Open Circle
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6 to 9 p.m.
Doug Thomas 805 448-8171

New Beginnings (CLOSED)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 6 to 9 p.m.
Matthew Long 805 403-1888

Monday Morning Mission (CLOSED)
Every Monday 6 a.m. to 7:30am
Simon D’Arcy 455-1136

Rising Dragons (new men need to call 24hr in advance to attend)
Goleta
Every Monday 6 to 9 p.m.
Len Van Nostrand 805 886-1963

Santa Barbara Elder Circle
3rd Thursday 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Tom Biesanz 805 967-0469

Solvang Open Men’s Circle
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Bruce Trueman 805 550-2151

Ventura  Ventura Downtown Open I-Group
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 7 to 9:00 p.m. (6:45 logistics)
Patrick Praetorius 805 280-9280

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All groups are open (i.e., new men are welcome) unless otherwise stated. Contact the regional I-Group coordinator (above) for specifics.

Mondays

  • Monday Morning Mission I-Group (Santa Barbara) | Every other Monday | 6:00 am – 7:30 am (Closed)
  • Rising Dragons (Santa Barbara) | Every Monday | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tuesdays

  • SLO Open Circle (San Luis Obispo) | 1st and 3rd Tuesdays | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Iron Crucible (San Luis Obispo) | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Closed)
  • Santa Barbara Open Circle (Santa Barbara) | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Hunters & Gatherers (Santa Barbara) | 1st & 3rd Tuesdays | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Ventura I-Group to: Meets every Tuesday from 6:45-9:15
  • Santa Ynez Valley | 1st & 3rd Tuesdays | 6:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Courageous Sages (Carpinteria) | 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm
  • New Beginnings (Santa Barbara) | 1st & 3rd Tuesdays | 6 pm – 9 pm
     

Wednesdays

  • Garage Band (San Luis Obispo) | 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Closed)
  • Ojai Valley Big Dogs (Ojai) | Every Wednesday | 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm
  • Santa Barbara Breakfast Club (Camarillo) | Every other Wednesday or Thursday Morning

Thursdays

  • North County Open Circle (Atascadero) | 2nd & 4th Thursdays | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Swallow Creek No BS Clubhouse (Cayucos) | 1st & 3rd Thursdays | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Swallow Creek Elder Circle (Cayucos) | 5th Thursdays | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Swallow Creek Gold Mining Circle (Cayucos) 2nd Thursday for initiated men only | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • MKPSB Elders (Santa Barbara) | 3rd Thursdays | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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For more information about the ManKind Project Santa Barbara contact:
Jaime Fortin, 805 453-5640, Santa Barbara Area Steward

For comments or questions about this website contact:
Tom Biesanz 805-967-0469

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