Spring Retreat is FULL! (and registration is closed)

Creativity & The Warrior

 

April 12, 13 and 14, 2019

at Hummingbird Music Camp, 104 Hummingbird Road, Jemez Springs NM 87025

Led by Victor La Cerva and Robert Bern

 

Conscious, empowered masculinity involves being intimate with both the warrior and the creative archetypal forces within us. We will explore together how these powerful inner energies can enliven and support each other, allowing us to manifest our deepest desires.

Open and inclusive to all men regardless of age, ethnicity, race, marital
status, or sexual orientation.  Limited to a total of 30 men.

Uwe Schroeter Photo

Gather with a small community of men in a natural setting to explore, heal, and vitalize your relationship to your inner warrior and creative muse, over a Friday to Sunday program that will involve individual and small group experiential activities. We all carry the light and shadow of our warrior nature, as well as repression and expression of our creative gifts. What warrior qualities might we access –discipline, commitment, courage – to let our creative light shine?

“The path of the warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path.”  Richard Strozzi Heckler

Joseph Woods photo

Registration and room assignments will be between 4 and 5:30 pm Friday evening with our potluck dinner at 6:00.  We are at the North Campus.  Feel free to come to Hummingbird anytime on Friday and enjoy the land. If you want to come early on Thursday for an extra night with NO MEALS PROVIDED, you MUST contact Robert Bern after you register. You will pay Hummingbird directly for this extra night. The conference ends after lunch on Sunday.  Accommodations are double rooms.  You can visit the new Hummingbird website to view the North Campus facilities where we are staying.

The cost of Hummingbird meals for the weekend is $44.  There is a $10 bedding charge, unless you bring your own towels, sheets & pillowcase (or sleeping bag).  You may also bring a tent or sleep in your camper for $10 per night (expect freezing temperatures in April at this elevation). 

Friday night we will have our traditional potluck meal starting at 6:00 PM. Please bring HEALTHY food to share, a main dish, vegetable dish, or dessert. All other meals will be served by Hummingbird—vegetarian and gluten-free options available. You may opt-out of ALL Hummingbird meals, & bring your own food, pots and pans.  Flatware and plates will be provided and a refrigerator is available.

For Directions to the Camp click here.    Emergency numbers for Hummingbird: (575) 829-3060 or (575) 829-4227 (don’t count on cell phone coverage in the Jemez).

REFUND POLICY: 90% if cancel before 2 weeks; Within 2 weeks refund at 90% only if we fill your spot from the waiting list.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for those in need.  Call Vittorio LaCerva at (505) 983-4233 or e-mail heartsongsvittorio@gmail.com to request a scholarship or if you have other questions.

The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive.   — Carlos Castaneda

How to Register for the Retreat

The 2019 Spring has reached capacity and the wait list is closed.  For all those registered, we look forward to seeing you in Jamez Springs! 

Share our Flyer for the Retreat

Most of the information on this web page is available on a printable three-page PDF flyer (click here to download it) that includes a mail-on registration form that you may download, print and share with any friends you’d like to invite to the Retreat.  The Spring retreat can be a great, and low-cost introduction to Men’s Wellness for men of all ages and backgrounds.

 

 

30th Annual NM Men’s Wellness
Winter Gathering

February 21–25, 2019

A Time to Wipe the Slate Clean

Uwe Schroeter and Lawrence Cook

  • “To make a fresh start, for example by forgetting about previous differences and disagreements.” — wikipedia.org
  • “To forget all the things that have happened or been done and start doing something again . . . to start again from the very beginning” — Merriam-Webster
  • “reinen Tisch machen” (to clean and/or clear the table) — German Translation

With every season comes the opportunity to take stock, to reflect, and—if necessary or to mix things up—to start fresh. Due to fewer hours of daylight, colder temperatures, and hopefully fewer distractions, winter can be a particular good time to build a fire, to look inward, to rest and reflect, and to get ready for the growth and renewal of spring. Or do we follow the same diet year-round, vacation in winter where the temperature never drops below 75°F, keep ourselves awake with caffeine, lift our mood through alcohol, comfort food, consumerism, etc. to compensate for the darkness and/or because our modern culture tells us so during this time? Are we trying to move at the same speed month after month regardless of the season? What are the consequences of having no winter in our lives? For those of us who sit in front of a computer screen all day, what are rest and renewal anyway?

Please join us for the 30th NMMW Winter Gathering to ponder these and your own questions during joint outings and evening talking circles. Please be prepared to share your personal experiences on the balance of our lives between the seasons (or the lack thereof). We will be active during the day, starting with morning meditation and/or Qigong. We will have outings into the surrounding wilderness on snow shoes and skis. We will play games, listen to and make music, and prepare and share communal meals. Registration is now open. For more information please contact:

Uwe Schroeter uweschroeter@comcast.net (505) 352-9258
Lawrence Cook rlcook44@msn.com (505) 898-2206

Registration is now open. 

A downloadable flyer (Acrobat PDF) is available by clicking on this link: 2019 Winter Gathering Flyer.  A registration form is included with the flyer. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in participating.

A one-page registration form is available by clicking here. This form may be printed out and mailed in by postal mail or filled out with Adobe Acrobat Reader, saved and sent in as an Email attachment.  Both types of address are included in the form.

Date: February 21-25, 2019
Location:
Cook’s Cabin, Blanco Basin, CO
Arrival: Thursday or Friday
Departure: Sunday or Monday

Charges (please pay by cash or check at Cook’s Cabin): $30 per person per night.  Please bring groceries for shared meals.  Please voice your opinion on your registration form on the coordination of the preparation of breakfasts and dinners.  Lunches will be each individual’s responsibility.

Due to space limitations, there is a limit of 20 participants.  Registrations will be accepted on a first‐come, first-served basis (with a waiting list beyond that).  Please send your registration form as soon as you can.

Please mail or email the completed Registration Form to:

Via Regular Mail:

Uwe Schroeter
Apt. No. 2824
6800 Vista del Norte Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Via Email:

uweschroeter@comcast.net

After your registration form is received, we will contact you with directions and other details about the weekend.  For more information please contact:

Registration is FULL.  Waitlist spots may come available.  Register below.

DADCON 2018: A Conference on Fatherhood

New Mexico Men’s Wellness invites you to the 34th NMMW Fall Conference, DADCON 2018, a retreat for fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and mentors at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu New Mexico.  The retreat runs from Thursday Evening, October 25th through Sunday, October 28th at noon.   

Becoming a better father is good for our children, our partners, our selves, and our world. At DADCON 2018 a large group of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and mentors will gather in the majesty of Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM for four days of support and exploration.

DADCON 2018 is the 34th annual fall conference of NMMW, a life-changing retreat where men of all walks support one another on the path to becoming stronger, healthier, and happier.

At DADCON we’ll celebrate fatherhood, come to terms with today’s changing father roles, and discuss the complexities of loving and working in the modern world.

Some of us are fathers, all of us are sons.  DADCON 2018 is not just for dads. We’ll also take an honest look at our own fathers and the line of fathers that brought us to this place in time.

Fathers! Issue of Man, Alive!

Thanks to the work of Hank Blackwell other contributors, “Fathers!”, the new issue of Man, Alive! has been released to coincide with the NMMW 2018 Fall Conference this year.  You may click here to read and/or download this new issue as a printable Acrobat PDF.  Enjoy!

Registration

The registration fee for the Conference is $325.00 per person regardless of the accommodations chosen.  We want as many men to participate and don’t want money to be a barrier.  To this end we are making scholarship support available at two levels to those who need it: Men with a moderate financial need can register for $225.00 (a $100.00 scholarship).  Men with a significant financial need can register for $75.00 (a $250.00 scholarship).

We are Full! The Wistlist is available: We have reached our limit of 85 men, and so regular registration is closed.  We have accepting people who would like to be put on the wait list on a first-come-first-served basis. It is not uncommon for late cancellations to open up a few spots as late as a week before the conference.  Please click on sign up for waitlist and complete complete and submit the form. Someone will contact you if something opens up.

Registration fees include all Conference activities, three-nights accommodations, and all meals from Friday breakfast through Sunday breakfast.  Special food requirements including vegetarian and gluten-free options are available; please indicate your requirements on your registration form.

NMMW works very hard to keep Conference cost as low as possible so the largest number of men can attend and participate.  We are a 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit Corporation.  It is by your support that we can continue to hold valuable trans-formative events for men that are also affordable.  To this end, the registration form includes a section where you can add a scholarship or general fund donation to help us continue to do this.  Anything you can contribute will be appreciated and put to good use.

Online registrations will be confirmed via Email generated when you register.  Mail-in registrations will be confirmed by Email from the registrar.  All who have registered will receive additional information a couple of weeks in advance of the conference with driving directions, basic logistics, what you should plan to bring with you, and material specific to Conference activities.

A note on special dietary needs at Ghost Ranch: Ghost Ranch requests that we inform them of any special dietary needs; please complete this section if it applies to you. They will make vegetarian entrees available at all meals, and will attempt to provide gluten free items but cannot guarantee it.  They do not have the ability to meet  more complicated dietary requirements.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact the registrar, Steve Nojek via Email (registernmmwfall2018@gmail.com) or telephone (505 803-4788).  Our webmaster, Jim Connolly (jrc347@gmail.com; 505 550-2433) can assist with any issues that arise related to online registrations.

Got Questions?

Below is the list of Men who should be contacted if you have questions about the conference either in advance of your registration of afterwards.

Michael Sheppard (michael@bigskylearning.com; 505-699-6425) is the Conference leader.  Michael is based in Santa Fe.  Any questions about the Conference including ideas for breakouts or activities you would like to lead and most anything else related to the Conferences should be directed towards Michael.

David River (dbriver@gmail.com; 505-690-3033) is the Conference co-leader.  David is based in Santa Fe.  Questions about the Conference may also be directed to David.

Stephen Nojek (registernmmwfall2018@gmail.com; 505-803-4788) is the registrar for the Conference.  Any questions about your registration, special needs in the area of accommodations and related items to be directed at Steve.

Jim Connolly (jrc347@gmail.com; 505-550-2433) is the NMMW webmaster.  Contact Jim if you have questions or problems related to online registration or the NMMW web pages.

 


We look forward to seeing you at Ghost Ranch in October!


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Photo credits include:   Roger Harmon, Joseph Woods and Uwe Schroeter

 

 

Registration is now open and the newly opened National Forest is ready for us!

2018 NMMW Summer Gathering July 19 – 22

Circle Wisdom Retreat

July 19-22, 2018 — Jack’s Creek Campground

Just look around and you’ll see circles in your environment.  In fact, we interact with circles at every moment.  The circle is a universal blueprint underlying life itself.  It is the shape of our planet, our eyes and our blood cells and the tires on our cars. Yet most of us rarely consider how circles actually impact our lives.  Though we understand the notion of a circle of friends, the dynamics, hidden principles and applications of circle to our lives is for most of us an unexplored mystery.

We have found, after exploration of this work for decades, that cultivating circle literacy relieves us of the burden of living in mechanical linearity.  It embeds us within living systems, a relational world-view offering us a ‘life map’ reflective of nature’s flows actively at play in our lives. Come to intentionally, it can accelerate the process of transforming suffering into wisdom.  It can help open basic questions: how do I start over?  How do I find home?  How do I orient myself in the world?

Through storytelling, group and individual processes, this weekend will introduce you to circle work. Most of Saturday will involve an ancient and engaging “two circle walk” involving the weaving together of individual and community wisdom into a coherent wholeness.

Themes we will explore include:

  • How to use circle as a tool to gain clarity, wisdom and insight;
  • Integrating Circle into a nurturance of your wild resiliency;
  • Listening and acting on what YOUR LIFE is asking of you right now;
  • Identifying energy blockages and navigating your way through internal labyrinths;
  • Exploring your relationship between individuality and community.   

Workshop Leaders:

Marc Choyt is a social entrepreneur, community activist and writer who has lived in Santa Fe for thirty years.  He has led numerous workshops on the circle locally and nationally. He is just completing a manuscript entitled, The Circle Manifesto, exploring practical life applications of key principals of the circle.

Larry Glover Larry is a wilderness guide & professional of 38 years and incorporates his experiences in international leadership & creativity consulting into his studies of circle literacy.  He works in service of awe, wonder and curiosity through the reclamation of our inherent belonging, worth and wild resiliency.

For more information, please see our contact information below.

Registration:

Please send in your registration as early as you can. Both mail-in and online registration is available on this web page; please see the links below. We reserved camp sites starting Thursday, July 19 at 3 PM with an official gathering start on Friday, July 20 at 7:00 PM and ending on Sunday, July 22 at noon. Jacks Creek is at approximately 9,000 feet elevation. There are modern outhouses and good drinking water is available.  Be prepared for possible monsoon rains. Also be prepared for hot and dry weather.  More detailed information for registered men will be provided prior to the Gathering. We look forward to seeing you at Jack’s Creek!

Registration is open.  To register online click here where you can fill out a form and pay with a credit card or PayPal. If you’d rather register by sending your contact info and a check by postal mail, click here instead.  Please get your registration in by no later than Sunday, July 14th. 

Please note: We have received word that as of July 9, the Santa Fe National Forest (including Jack’s Creek Campground) will be reopening because of improved moisture conditions we will be having the Summer Gathering at our traditional spot.

Support NMMW

New Mexico Men’s Wellness is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations made are tax deductible under Federal tax law.  All of our registration materials include a place where you can designate and add a donation for our work to support the Men’s community in New Mexico and Southern Colorado.  We accept two “types” of donations:

  1. Scholarship Donations are reserved for direct financial support for men who need it to participate in our events and are restricted to that purpose.
  2. General donations are used to offset operating costs end enable us to put your support where it will do the most good for the largest number of men and help us keep our overall event costs as low as possible.

We tend to do what we do on a proverbial shoestring — just compare the cost of our events with those of any other groups — and any support that you can provide will be most appreciated (and, we promise, well used).

Gathering Leader Contact Information:

For questions, comments, or other inquiries (such as scholarship requests), please contact:

Marc Choyt
(505) 988-7393
Email: reflective@cybermesa.com

Larry Glover
(505) 690-5069
Email: lg@wildresiliency.com

If you have any questions about online registration or website-related questions, please contact the NMMW Webmaster Jim Connolly at jrc347@gmail.com.

Scholarships

New Mexico Men’s Wellness wants all men to attend our events regardless of their ability to pay the full registration fees.  Toward that end, scholarships are available if you are in need of one.  To apply for a scholarship, DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE, but rather complete and send in a “Mail-in” registration (leaving the amount paid blank) and also send in a scholarship application form with it.  Both forms can be downloaded and saved on your computer and completed and saved with Adobe Acrobat reader and sent as attachments to Marc Choyt at the Email address above who will contact you.

Recommend the Gathering to Others:

Please help spread the word to friends and associates who you think might be interested in participating in the Summer Gathering.  We have a downloadable two-page flyer (information sheet and registration form) that is suitable for sharing with colleagues, friends, and family who might have an interest in the Gathering and its topic.  Click Summer 2018 Gathering Flyer to download it.

Please note that NMMW has Scholarship funds to help pay registration fees for men that need help to participate in our events.  If you are in need, please look at the “Scholarships” section above and complete an application and send it to Marc Choyt via Email as soon as possible.  His contacts are listed above.

Jack’s Creek Logistics:

We have prepared basic logistical information about the gathering including the basics of what to bring and directions to Jack’s Creek and the group campground.  Please click on What to Bring and Directions to view a printable one-page Acrobat PDF with this information.  Additional, detailed information will be sent to those who are registered just before the gathering via email.

(Photos on this page were supplied by Marc Choyt and Joseph Woods)


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