Registration is now open for the 28th NMMW Fall Conference.

“What makes us Men — The Stories of our Lives”

It is our stories that connect us.

We all have stories to tell: stories from our youth, stories from our experience
and wisdom, stories of our deepest loves and loneliest heartbreaks.

We have stories of triumph and success and stories of pain and disappointment.

We have stories told over and over, ones that define who we are,
stories we are proud to tell.

We have stories from living, too numerous to remember.

It is our stories that connect us and make meaning out of every day.

Come and join us at Ghost Ranch as we share in telling the stories of our lives.


2012 Registration FormThe 28th NMMW Fall Conference will be Thursday, October 18th through Sunday, October 21st at the Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. The conference begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday and concludes by about 1:00 PM on Sunday.

The theme for the conference this year is “What Makes us Men – The Stories of Our Lives.”  The story below from conference leader Kurt Faust conveys the focus of the weekend:

Hi all good men,

A while back I had the chance to travel from Santa Fe to Mexico for the weekend.  A builder acquaintance of mine needed some Talavera tile and sinks for a project he was doing.  I needed some light fixtures and needed to get out of town and this seemed like a good way to kill two birds with one stone.  A mutual carpenter friend heard us talking and decided to join in.  The three of us rode down to Juarez three-across the bench seat of late 70€²s Ford pick up truck on a nice fall afternoon.  To pass the time we started telling stories.  Mostly, they began as simple stories of some-something that had happened at one time or another in our lives.  Often, they had no point other than the previous story had sparked a memory.  Over the course of the weekend the stories continued, one story begetting another.  As the stories unfolded so did our friendship.  By the time we had returned we had covered a lot of ground €” more than the mileage between Santa Fe and Juarez, Mexico.  It was an amazing journey and I still remember how those stories bonded us together in such a very short time.

We all have stories in our lives €” stories of our lives. We have stories of our youth, stories of love (or love gone wrong), stories of success and failure, funny stories & sad stories.  We have stories that repeat themselves (some might even be re-occurring themes).  I like that Men€™s Wellness is a place where a man can tell his story and other men will listen.

The theme of the 2012 Fall Conference is about our stories.  We will tell our stories together.  This year’s Fall Conference will arise from our stories and I expect that together our stories will be powerful and transformative.


Registrations must be postmarked by no later than October 5th, and early bird registrations postmarked by no later than September 15th. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter with more details about the conference. This year confirmations will be sent only by Email (rather than postal mail) unless otherwise specifically requested. Registration is limited to 90. Should we receive more than 90 registrations, they will be accepted on a first-received basis.

Click on NMMW-Registration-2012-Form to download the registration form.  The form is an Acrobat PDF form that can be filled out on your computer and then printed (or you may choose to print it out and fill it in on paper). Regardless of how you do it, send the completed form along with your check made out to €œNew Mexico Men€™s Wellness€ to:

Charles Lamson
4 Condesa Court
Santa Fe, NM

Conference fees include room and board at the Ghost Ranch Conference center. Some scholarship funding is available for men in need; please indicate your interest on the registration form and complete an application linked at the bottom of this page. For those able to do so, we encourage donations to the scholarship fund be included with their registration. NMMW is a 501(c)3 Non-profit corporation, and scholarship donations are tax deductible.

We have prepared a printable, distributable flyer about the conference that can be printed, attached to Emails and otherwise shared with anyone you think would enjoy and benefit from the Fall Conference.  Please click 2012 Conference Flyer to download (or view) the flyer in Acrobat PDF format.

For more information or if you have questions, contact either:

Kurt Faust (Conference Leader): 505.780.1157; kurt@tierraconceptssantafe.com
or
Mike Pedroncelli: 505.343.9433; mikepedroncelli@yahoo.com

NOTE: If you are applying for Scholarship assistance to attend the conference, please click NMMW-Scholarship-Req-Form to download an Acrobat PDF application form that can be filled out on your computer.  To expedite the application process, please send the completed form directly to Kurt Faust via Email to kurt@tierraconceptssantafe.com (preferred) or by regular mail to: Kurt Faust, 1512 Pacheco St., Suite D206, Santa Fe, NM 87505.  Please contact Kurt if you have questions related to scholarships.

We have prepared a 3-page Acrobat PDF with conference information (including pre-meeting “homework”), directions to Ghost Ranch, what meals and accommodations are provided and a suggested list of items to bring.  Click on 2012 Conference Information to download this important material for all men who will be attending.

(Photos of previous NMMW Fall Conferences courtesy of Roger Harmon and Uwe Schroeter)

 

This year New Mexico Men€™s Wellness will be electing three men to the nine-member governing board of directors.  Those eligible to vote include any male who has attended any of the yearly conferences within the last two years, including Fall, Spring, Father Daughter and Summer. Ballots are being distributed electronically — all NMMW members who are on the Email list should receive a ballot by September 1, 2012.  The duplicate ballots posted here on the website are primarily for those who are members who have opted not to be on the Email list or, for some other reason, did not receive the notification Email.  To vote, click on the links below to download the following:

Please read the ballot carefully and review the candidate bios.  The ballot includes detailed instructions about how to complete your ballot and return it.  There are a number of different ways (from completely “online” to completely offline) to complete and return your ballot.

Charles Fisher is serving as the election officer for this election and will be receiving and validating all ballots.  If you have questions regarding the election, please address them to Charles via Email to cfisher@afnmlaw.com.  However ballots are returned they must be sent via Email or postmarked (if via postal mail) no later than September 30, 2012 to be counted.

 

Chimney-SunsetPlease join us for the final Fall conference planning meeting this Friday, October 5 in Albuquerque.

The meeting is at Mike’s house in Albuquerque, 6735 Guadalupe Trl NW. Dinner and socializing start at 6:30pm. The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

At the last planning meeting in Santa Fe two weeks ago we looked at an initial, draft schedule for the Conference weekend. The Santa Fe guys provided lots of great input and suggestions, so we now have a revised schedule. We want to give Men in the Albuquerque area a similar opportunity to see the revised schedule and help improve the overall flow and adjust the details of the weekend. Also, we’re still looking for help with some of the key roles.

If you’re willing and able, please come on down!!! We still need your help.

Hope to see you Friday.

Mike

Home phone: (505) 343-9433
Cell phone: (505) 480-4371

Here are the directions to Mike’s place:

  • From Albuquerque or Santa Fe from I-25, take the San Mateo/Osuna Exit (#230)
  • Proceed west on Osuna for about 3 mi through 2nd Street (narrows to two lanes) then turn right (north) on 4th St.
  • Turn left (west) at the third street on the left, Tyler Rd. (right before the El Camino Motel)
  • Continue 1 block (0.3 mi) where Tyler Rd. ends at Guadalupe Trail.  The Pedroncelli€™s is the driveway directly across from the end of Tyler Rd.
  • Continue across Guadalupe Trl into the driveway past the red barn to the house at the back of the property.

 


The 2012 New Mexico Men’s Wellness (the 28th) Fall Conference will be held October 18-21 at the Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, NM. The theme will center around the telling and sharing of our stories and how that shapes us and binds us together.  Below is a message from conference leader Kurt Faust that outlines some ideas for the conference, and an invitation to you, the men of NMMW, to help  co-create it with us.


Hi all good men,

A while back I had the chance to travel from Santa Fe to Mexico for the weekend.  A builder acquaintance of mine needed some Talavera tile and sinks for a project he was doing.  I needed some light fixtures and needed to get out of town and this seemed like a good way to kill two birds with one stone.  A mutual carpenter friend heard us talking and decided to join in.  The three of us rode down to Juarez three-across the bench seat of late 70’s Ford pick up truck on a nice fall afternoon.  To pass the time we started telling stories.  Mostly, they began as simple stories of some-something that had happened at one time or another in our lives.  Often, they had no point other than the previous story had sparked a memory.  Over the course of the weekend the stories continued, one story begetting another.  As the stories unfolded so did our friendship.  By the time we had returned we had covered a lot of ground — more than the mileage between Santa Fe and Juarez, Mexico.  It was an amazing journey and I still remember how those stories bonded us together in such a very short time.

We all have stories in our lives — stories of our lives. We have stories of our youth, stories of love (or love gone wrong), stories of success and failure, funny stories & sad stories.  We have stories that repeat themselves (some might even be re-occurring themes).  I like that Men’s Wellness is a place where a man can tell his story and other men will listen.

I propose that the theme of the 2012 Fall Conference be about our stories and that to start out the planning process- for at least the first two meetings we will gather and tell each other stories. The stories can come from any of the numerous categories that stories can be called, but I propose we leave the categorizing for some future time when it is needed.  We will tell our stories together.  I propose that the 2012 Fall Conference will arise from our stories and that our stories will be powerful and transformative.

We will hold the first meeting in Santa Fe on or about July 20 and the second meeting soon after in Albuquerque on or about Aug 3. Details about times and locations will follow.  Hopefully with these two meetings so close together you can attend one or both of them and we can get off to a good start.

I look forward to hearing your stories soon.

Thanks,

Kurt Faust
505-780-1157 cell
kurt@tierraconceptssantafe.com