Registration is now open for the

11th Annual NM Men’s Wellness Spring Retreat

April 13-15, 2012

View from Battleship Rock - Uwe S.

Engaging Nature in Our Lives

led by

Richard Rubin and Friends


“Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Jemez Valley J WoodsOVERVIEW: This weekend retreat, sponsored by New Mexico Men€™s Wellness (NMMW), we will explore and experience men’s passions and practices to tread the earth, stalk the intrigue of trout instincts, drive alpha waves in stream rhythms, seek symbols in stones, marvel at skillful birds, and feel the seduction of fire.  Our NMMW traditions of talking circle, small groups, personal rituals, and ceremonies will continue.

We will work together in small groups of four to six within the natural environment in which we will be immersed to explore our connections to that natural world and to each other.  Within the large group setting (20 to 30 men) there will be time for one or two talking circles€”where men share insights, experiences and wisdom.  On Saturday night after dark, an outdoor fire ceremony is planned.

In between the structured periods for learning, music and sharing, men will enjoy free time, relaxation and outdoor recreation.  Intimacy, humor and camaraderie are typical benefits of Small Circle Uwe S.NMMW retreats.  The accommodations at Hummingbird are simple but comfortable, and meals are provided.

THE MEN: For the past 27 years New Mexico Men€™s Wellness has provided forums for men to learn, grow and freely express their creativity, intentions and wisdom. We embrace diversity and encourage all men with an interest in our community to attend this Retreat.  To learn more about us, visit our website: nmmw.org.

web-pic4LEADER: Richard Rubin is a physician and avid trout fisherman and lover of the natural world.  The leadership roles at these retreats are shared among the participants — men with diverse knowledge, experience and skills, and with a common belief in our capacities for personal growth, nurturing, creativity and leadership.

SETTING: Hummingbird Music Camp is located in Jemez Springs New Mexico. We will have the north campus to ourselves€”including a large meeting room, covered outdoor space and dorm style double rooms with communal showers. The main campus, including the dining room where we share our meals with the other guests, is a ten minute walk from our headquarters. A lively stream runs through the campus, and the nearby forested mountains and dramatic red rock cliffs provide ready North Campus Sign - Uwe S.opportunities for hiking, bird watching and exploration.

REGISTRATION: Click Spring 2012 Registration Form to to download this information in printable form (Adobe Acrobat PDF) including a registration form with fee information.  The registration form may be printed and filled out by hand or completed on your computer (requiring only Acrobat Reader) and printed and mailed in.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so send it in as soon as possible and no later than April 1st. We expect 20 to 30 men to attend, and we will create a waiting list if needed.

SCHOLARSHIPS: NMMW has funds to provide partial or full sponsorship for those men who are eager to attend and in need of financial assistance.  Donations to the NMMW Scholarship Fund may also be made on the registration form.  Please contact Richard Rubin directly (rlrubin46@gmail.com or 802-734-8463) for further information or to apply for scholarship support.


Click here to download the printable flyer and registration form.

To get a bit more of an idea of what goes on at the Spring Retreat, check out the “blog” recorded and posted here from the 2011 Retreat.