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Join ARKA

Members throughout North America
Our “squads” are weekly circles, hosted online or in-person, where Men come together to connect, share, and be held accountable to move their lives forward.

ARKA In-Person

We have 40+ in-person squads in the following cities.

Canada

  • Burnaby, BC
  • Calgary, AB
  • Comox, BC
  • Coquitlam, BC
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Kelowna, BC
  • Montreal, QC
  • Nanaimo, BC
  • New Westminster, BC
  • North Vancouver, BC
  • Richmond, BC
  • Salt Spring Island, BC
  • Squamish, BC
  • Sunshine Coast, BC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Victoria, BC
  • Whitehorse, YK

USA

  • Austin, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Tacoma, WA

World

  • Ubud, Bali

If your city is listed here, apply to join an in-person squad.

We also hold regular information sessions in the cities above. Watch our social media channels for upcoming sessions where you can hear directly from our members about the positive impacts our brotherhood has had in their lives.

ARKA Online

We have 15+ online squads led by experienced group leaders. This is available for Men that do not have access to our in-person circles. If you want to start a new squad in your city and lead it yourself, join one of our online groups to build the skills to lead and change lives in your community.

What is the commitment?

We want men who are committed.

Your squad will meet every week for 2-3 hours.

We are not a casual, drop-in group. The transformative power of our squads is grounded in the ongoing, weekly commitment of each and every member. Men who cannot regularly attend meetings will be asked to leave. We have a culture of accountability, discipline, and integrity that brings out the King.

Membership dues are $100/month (+tax).

Men value what they pay for. In this community, you get to sit with men who are truly invested in making positive changes in their lives. Our men get results.

Why Arka?

Our brotherhood has grown organically, from a single squad in 2015.

Each squad is led by a captain who has personally experienced the powerful personal growth that is achievable through commitment to our weekly, in-person or online men’s circles and 14-point code. 

Each captain chooses to lead because of the transformational results he’s experienced in his own life and witnessed in the lives of the men around him. 

Each leader is mentored by fellow squad captains, veteran captains and our founder, Phil T. Mistlberger. 

We are a community. We are a network. We are brothers. We all have each other’s backs.

If there’s no squad where you live, join an online squad and build the skills to lead and change lives in your community.

What Our Members Say

Your Experience:

  • Strict Confidentiality
  • Facilitated Group Conversations
  • Radical Honesty
  • Healthy Challenge
  • Growth Trajectory
  • Action Focus
  • Accountability
  • Shared Wisdom
  • Deep, Authentic Connection

Your Benefits:

  • A safe, brave space to share what’s really going on in your life.
  • Being heard and seen by men who’ve faced and overcome their own challenges.
  • A group of men who enthusiastically and wholeheartedly celebrate your wins.
  • Deeper, vulnerable connections with loved ones.
  • Challenge and accountability to set and smash regular personal stretch goals.
  • Discovering your inner power and purpose.
  • A more resilient, empowered, capable you.
  • Supporting other men on their growth journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome anyone who identifies as a Man and aligns with our values in the 14-point code.

Our community is inclusive of men of all sexual orientations and ethnicities, including trans men.

Each squad has its own distinct approach to meetings, shaped by the leader(s) of that squad. During a meeting, you can expect honest conversations between the men, and exercises designed to illuminate, activate and transform. Expect to reveal your blindspots, set goals, and be held accountable. We also focus on embodiment work such as breathwork, meditation, and other physical exercises.

When you join a squad, all members will openly affirm their personal commitment to maintaining absolute confidentiality of everything shared within the squad meetings. This commitment is sacred. The content shared within our meetings does not get discussed anywhere else.

We welcome any adult male who aligns himself with our 14-point code. Many of our members consider themselves gay or bi-sexual, which includes some of our group leaders. We also welcome trans men and non-binary men who present as male.

We also have a private sub-group exclusively for ARKA members called The Sacred Band. This is a circle for members who are gay, bi, curious or questioning their sexuality and seeking a forum to share openly about their sexuality. This group meets once per month.

Membership fees enable us to pay an honorarium to our experienced group leaders and cover the business expenses associated with running our organization. Some of our expenses include space rentals, website maintenance, accounting and bookkeeping.

Membership dues are paid in advance monthly and are non-refundable. That said, we do not operate on a contract basis, so you are free to leave at any time. We encourage new members to attend 8+ meetings and stay with the process. It can take time to drop-in and feel comfortable in a men’s circle.

If you wish to leave, we encourage you to connect with your captain and share what’s not working for you. If your concerns cannot be resolved, your captain will invite you to share your intent to leave with the squad and hear their feedback. The squad will host a closing conversation and take the opportunity to resolve any outstanding issues.

Our focus is on the development of mature masculinity and fostering healthy relationships between Men. Our approach is to do this with “Mens-only” spaces, which we believe are as important as “Womens-only” spaces.

The personal development work that members undertake does not advocate for, nor is it in opposition to women, equality or the objectives of feminism.

Got more questions?

Book a 15 minute discovery call to learn more.

Want to join us for a weekend?

Our annual events are open to non-members. Twice a year we gather in-person or online for a weekend of transformational work led by our founder Phil T. Mistberger and veteran squad captains.