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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.

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).

Registration is now open.  Both online registration  (complete an online registration form and pay with a credit card or PayPal) and mail-in registration (print and complete a registration form and mail it with your check) are available.  Click on the proper button (above left or below right) to get to the registration page of your choosing.  Ghost Ranch includes campsites for a limited number of RV sites with hookups and spaces for tent campers that can also be reserved; registration forms include options for these accommodations.  There is a limit of 85 men at the Conference, so all are encouraged to register as early as possible.  When the registration limit is reached, we will open a wait-list for any cancellations that may open up later.  Registrations must be received by no later than September 24.  Those whose registrations are received after September 24 cannot be guaranteed a place at the conference. 

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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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 in the future are listed below! Details, including themes, leader contacts, details and links to event web pages, and other information 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.  This page will be revised as information comes in and now will not be restricted to a particular calendar year.

Winter Gathering 2018

    • 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 – Monthly; Check Website or your Email

  • “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 2018

  • 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 2018

  • 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 2018

  • 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 2018

  • 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 2018

  • Date: Thursday October 25th through Sunday, October 28th
  • Location: Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
  • Theme: DADCON 2018 – A Conference for Fathers, Sons, Teachers, Mentors
  • 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!