28th Annual NM Men’s Wellness Winter Gathering

February 23 – 27, 2017

Listen with Intensity

Uwe Schroeter and Lawrence Cook


“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
 ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.”
― Calvin Coolidge

Doesn’t it seem—today more than ever—that  who shouts the loudest, speaks most of the time or says the most outrageous things gets heard the most?  Why do some (smart!) people claim that we can achieve more in life by speaking less and listening more?  At this year’s NMMW Winter Gathering, our evening talking circles will focus on listening.  Please be prepared to share your very personal experiences on the balance of speaking and listening.


Please join us for the 28th NMMW Winter Gathering.  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: 2017 NMMW Winter Gathering Announcement.

Date: February 23-27, 2017
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): $25 per person per night.  Please bring groceries for shared meals.  Registered participants will be contacted about coordination of the breakfasts and dinners ahead of the gathering.

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 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:


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

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

Cook's Cabin (Photo by Uwe Schroeter)

The Conference is FULL! We are now accepting men for the waitlist. 

Igniting Our Inner Light :

Symbols and Archetypes



OCTOBER 20-23, 2016



The 32nd annual New Mexico Men’s Wellness fall conference will be held at Ghost Ranch October 20-23, 2016. Join us as we explore our symbols and how our symbols reflect innate aspects of ourselves.

Circle of FriendsJung drew an analogy between the psyche and light on the electromagnetic spectrum. The center of the visible light spectrum (i.e., yellow) corresponds to consciousness, which grades into unconsciousness at the red and blue ends. Red corresponds to basic unconscious urges, and the invisible infra-red end of the spectrum corresponds to the influence of biological instinct, which merges with its chemical and physical conditions. The blue end of the spectrum represents spiritual ideas; and the achetypes, exerting their influence from beyond the visible, correspond to the invisible realm of ultra-violet. Although invisible, ultra-violet light and its impacts are measurable. Similarly spiritual ideas and archetypes inform our symbols and are revealed in them.

Groups Outside

At the Fall Conference we will consider the archetypical aspects of ourselves which, though invisible, are discernable through and reflected by our symbols. Our exploration will include interactive exercises, discussion in small groups, and experiential examination of our reactions to symbols.

What of the sword? Is the sword an appropriate symbol of men’s wellness? What does your reaction to these questions suggest about you? Is your reaction rooted in an innate archaic and invisible psychic characteristic? What of drums and drumming?

Learning with Each Other

The NMMW Fall Conference is unique in that it does not draw upon outside “experts” to provide information that we “need” to know, but relies on a planning process involving a large number of men from the community who contribute their ideas, energy, creativity, and talents to craft a home-grown program around the theme of the conference. More than thirty years ago Victor LaCerva started New Mexico Men’s Wellness and initiated a focus on men and their health. Our mission continues “to nurture wellness in body, mind, and spirit through the sharing of experiences across generations and cultures in safe, collaborative settings”. Our strength is the participatory nature of Men’s Wellness.

“Man becomes whole, integrated, calm, fertile, and happy when (and only when) the process of individuation is complete, when the conscious and the unconscious have learned to live at peace and to complement one another.” -C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols.


Leadership and Planning for the Fall Conference

This year’s leader, David Chittak Caldwell, and co-leader Wayne Mathias, invite you to the Fall Conference and, if you are moved to do so, share your time and talents by participating in the planning process for the conference.

Planning meetings are open to everyone and your attendance and input are very much welcomed and valued.  Here is the schedule for the planning meetings:

Tuesday,            August 9                 Santa Fe     (completed)
Wednesday,      August 24               Corrales      (completed)  
Tuesday,            September 6          Santa Fe      (completed)  
Tuesday,            September 20        Corrales      (completed)
Wednesday,      October 5                TBD

All meetings will be held at 6:00pm.  The meetings in Santa Fe and Corrales will include dinner.  We will be meeting at John Gerver’s home in Santa Fe, 6 Cayuse Place, Santa Fe, NM 87508. (Thank you John!)  Chittak’s home in Corrales is located at 241 Bosque Acres Rd, Corrales, NM 87048.

Please RSVP to Chittak if you can make it so we can plan on how much food to provide and facilitate carpooling.
Unfortunately, the leader of the conference for the first 10 months of this past year, Robby Beck, had to step down for personal reasons. However, our co-leader has stepped into the leader role, and we have a new co-leader. Plus, we have leadership from within the community that is stepping up and working together to plan and run another meaningful and successful Fall Conference.  And remember that you too can be involved in the planning and leadership of the conference. We welcome your input and involvement. So, please join us…


If you are unable to attend, but would still like to contribute to the planning, or if you have any other questions, comments, suggestions, or requests, please contact Chittak and/or Wayne. Your input is welcome!

David Chittak Caldwell                                         Wayne Mathias
505-690-3054                                                       505-514-6734
dcald1@gmail.com                                               waynem1@flash.net


The conference is full. However, we typically have a few cancellations as the conference approaches. So, if you’d like to be placed on the wait list please “register” online or via postal mail via the links below, but do not pay. If we have any openings and you move from the wait list to “registered”, we will contact you and take care of payment at that time. Thank You.

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 postal mail instead, click here to download a PDF flyer and registration form that you can print out, fill out by hand, and send via postal mail.


NMMW is committed to men of all financial circumstances participating in the Conference if they wish to do so. For this reason we encourage men who want to participate but need some assistance to contact the NMMW Board President, John Gervers via phone or email. We also encourage men who can contribute to the scholarship fund to do so, to support those men who need it. NMMW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation, and all donations to the scholarship fund or to other activities of the organization are deductible as charitable contributions.

If you would like to request a scholarship, please download and fill out this scholarship request form, then email to John Gervers. Or, contact John Gervers with questions, via email at  johngervers@gmail.com, or phone 202-236-3940.


For more Online Information about NMMW:

Web site: http://www.nmmw.org

Facebook: https://fb.me/NMMensWellness

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/NMMensWellness

Thanks to Uwe Schroeter and Roger Harmon for permission to use their photographs on this web page.

We lost an amazing young man with a kind heart, fantastic mind, and beautiful soul this week – our dear, young brother, Caleb Beck.


(This obit was written by Hannah Beck, Caleb’s sister, and posted on Caleb’s Facebook page, and is reposted here by request of Caleb’s father, Robby Beck.)

It is with enormous pain that I share the news with you: Caleb Beck was found dead August 11, 2016 in his Albuquerque home. Caleb was 28 years old. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Beck, and his maternal Aunt, Jill Cooper. He is survived by his Mother, Judith Cooper; his father, Robert Beck; his sisters, Meg Hendricks and Hannah Beck; his Granny, Mary Alice Beck; his Grandma and Poppy, Rena and Ronald Cooper; his Uncle, Ronnie Cooper; his Aunts, Gladie Green and Kitty Martin; as well as many other beloved extended family members.

Caleb was born December 3, 1987, in Clayton, New Mexico. He attended school at Texline ISD through 8th grade. Caleb then spent two-and-a-half years at New Mexico Military Institute, before attending and graduating from Clayton High School in 2006. Caleb had since lived in many places, including Tucomon, Argentina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Landmark College in Putney, Virginia; Disney World in Orlando, Florida; and the University of Southern Oregon in Ashland, Oregon. He had completed his second year of UNM Law School before his death.

Caleb had “high highs” and “low lows”, and struggled with learning disabilities and finding life balance. However, Caleb’s life included much more: he had a great sense of humor, a vivid imagination, loved animals great and small, and had the ability to make friends wherever he went. He loved and was loved by many throughout his life. I welcome you to share your stories here on his Facebook page as a memorial.

At this time, we are planning a Celebration of Life gathering to take place in Clayton on September 10th. Time of day and location will be announced soon. I would like to ask you to honor Caleb by supporting your local mental health and community support systems, and your loved ones struggling with addiction and mental illness.

I know this will be a long haul for my family and Caleb’s friends. We are left with questions which may never be answered, but it is my fervent wish that we find forgiveness and compassion for ourselves, each other, and Caleb.

The public Celebration of Life for Caleb will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 12:00 noon at the Airpark, 2001 Water Street, in Clayton, NM, with a reception following at Caleb’s childhood home, 601 Main Street, Clayton, NM



Spirit, Energy, Vitality and the Tao of camping on planet Earth


Modern culture, and in particular American society, practically if not always explicitly, regards professional achievement, wealth, material goods, power, and fame as desirable and admirable.  Taoists, both ancient and modern, view these things as insignificant and irrelevant to true happiness and well being.  What matters most is the sort of person you are becoming and what sort of life you are living.

Learning how to relearn and reconnect to our original, yet evolving fundamental nature, not separate physically or spiritually from the natural world, is what Eastern thought calls Harmony, or “WA” in Japanese. This expansive concept, another name for TAO, can mean everything from the scientific study of the universe, psychology and politics, learning ancient ways of wisdom and Spirit, to a simple, personal understanding of the value of silence, and communing more with animals, plants, rocks and trees.

Hang out with me this weekend, and we can hike, sweat, study and eat pancakes together, enjoying the blessing of each other’s company, and the great outdoors.

The gathering will be held the weekend of July 21-24 at Jack’s Creek Campground in the Pecos.  The “official” event starts Friday, July 22 at 7 pm and continues through Sunday, July 24 at around 1 pm.  However, the camping facilities are available on Thursday afternoon, July 21. So, you can arrive early to help set up, or start early informally (perhaps with an unstructured day of hiking or lounging – on your own, or with your best buddies).  This is a total camping weekend, so participants will need to bring food and cooking gear for the weekend plus a place to sleep. (Either a camper or other vehicle to sleep in – or a tent and sleeping bag). If you are bringing a vehicle or RV, please note there is a large parking lot but no hookups.


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.

Gathering Leader Contact Information:

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

Jon Driscoll
(505) 757-2390

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 Gathering 2016 Flyer to download it.

Jack’s Creek Logistics:

For basic logistics information the gathering (including location, what to bring, etc.) click this Jack’s Creek Logistics link to download a pdf file. Additional, detailed information will be sent to those who are registered just before the gathering via email.

Enjoy, amigos…