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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Thanks to the efforts of Hank Blackwell and a host of contributors, the first assembled, edited and published edition of Man Alive! since the last printed version in 2008 has been produced and published for your reading pleasure.  No, it is not a paper edition (as these things have become too expensive and difficult to produce), but it is a 30-page printable Acrobat PDF version.  For those who like the feel of a printed version, just add your own printer and 30 blank pages and you can make your own.

To download the Spring 2018 version of Man Alive!, just click here and save a local copy to your computer (for printing) or just read it online.

If you have something you would like to contribute for subsequent issues, PLEASE contribute by sending your poems, stories, essays, or other musings to Hank Blackwell via Email below.  Hank would also welcome your comments, feedback, suggestions, praise or thanks.  This can also include your offers to assist in helping to put the next edition together.  Hank my be reached via Email to hbfire88@gmail.com.

The dates and locations for major events for 2018 are set and listed below! Details, including themes, leader contacts, details and links to event web pages, and sign up info will be posted and linked here as they become available. All NMMW events are open to and inclusive of all men regardless of age, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation.  Check back as we add details as they become available.

Winter Gathering

    • Thursday, February 22rd through Monday, February 26th
      (attend as many days as you choose)
    • Cook’s Cabin, Blanco Basin, Colorado
    • Theme: “Resilience”
    • Registration will open on January 2nd, 2018
    • Contacts: Lawrence Cook (rlcook@msn.com)  or Uwe Schroeter (uweschroeter@comcast.net)

Bring a Buddy Events

  • “Bring a Buddy” events are short activities held approximately monthly in Santa Fe or Albuquerque that are designed to introduce new Men to the kind of work that we do to develop strong, healthy male relationships and introduce issues of interest to men in our modern changing world.  These events are always free. Details about location, time and topic will be posted on our main web page as they are available.

Spring Retreat

  • Registration is now open — click on the link above
  • Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th
  • Hummingbird Music Camp, just north of Jemez Springs, New Mexico
  • Theme: “Sex & Intimacy: Fifty Shades of Light and Shadow”
    Repression, shame, first sex, the hunt, ecstasy, intimacy, aging sexuality. You won’t want to miss this one, as we delve into the healthy and unhealthy aspects of these vital areas of our lives. We will move from secrecy to authenticity together, from the wounded Lover to conscious, empowered masculinity. All in one weekend! Well, maybe just some progress on the path….
  • Contact: Marc Pugsley (mpugsley@mac.com) or Victor LaCerva (heartsongsvittorio@gmail.com)
  • Registration will open in February.  Registration limited to 30 men.

Fathers and Sons Gathering

  • The Fathers and Sons Gathering (originally scheduled as a camp out over Memorial Day weekend) has been canceled for 2018 because of logistical issues and timing conflicting schedules.  The current plan is to reschedule the gathering for 2020 after the 2019 Father – Daughter Gathering.  Details for both events will be added as they are developed.
  • If you have an interest in participating in this gathering when it is scheduled, please contact leaders Mike Pedroncelli (mikepadroncelli@yahoo.com) and/or Charlie Lamson (seafever304@gmail.com) so they may add you as interested in participating.

Couple’s Weekend

  • Registration is now open — click on the link above
  • Date: Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th
  • Location: In Albuquerque at the home of David and Ambra Caldwell
  • Theme: To be announced
  • Contacts: Mark Pugsley (mpugsley@mac.com) or Bruce Berlin (bruceberlin45@gmail.com)

Summer Gathering

  • Date: Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22th
    (Thursday, July 19th optional extra camping night)
  • Location: Jack’s Creek Campground, Pecos Valley, New Mexico
  • Theme: To be announced
  • Contact: Marc Choyt (reflective@cybermesa.com)

Women and Men’s Wellness Day

  • Date: in September 8, 2018 from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: Santa Fe (details to be announced)
  • Theme: An exploration gender relationships to be led by Shell Goldstein and Narawa Stein
  • Contact: Shell Goldman (shellgoldman@gmail.com)

Fall Conference

  • Date: Thursday October 25th through Sunday, October 28th
  • Location: Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
  • Theme: TBD
  • Contact: Michael Sheppard (michael@bigskylearning.com) or David River (dbriver@gmail.com)

Anyone having changes, additions, or corrections to this page, please contact webmaster Jim Connolly via Email to webmaster@nmmw.org.

We have added a couple of new interactive features to the NMMW web site to help better serve our community.  These are also linked on the menu lines (the nondescript text items just above this post) but the links below provide direct access.  Here’s what’s new:

A Contact Page (http://www.nmmw.org/contact/) has been added to enable members and visitors to communicate directly with NMMW about items of interest.  We will be “fielding” anything you send here and directing it to the person most able to answer your questions.  There is also a place on the form where you can add your Email to our announcement list to be alerted about upcoming events and Men’s Wellness news.

We also have a new Donation Page (http://www.nmmw.org/about/donate/) that can be used to make tax-deductible donations to help support the work of NMMW by contributing online (Credit cards accepted).  This new page replaces our previous one and includes security features to prevent fraudulent use of the page.

In the next few months, we are also looking at updating our website to a more modern interactive interface that should make navigating our site easier and more intuitive.  Please stay tuned!