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
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:


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

The latest edition of NMMW’s “Man, Alive!” is now available for reading online or downloading (so you can print your own copy).  This new issue, explores some “Winter” issues and we hope you enjoy reading it while keeping warm.  Click here to read and/or download this latest issue.  We hope you will read this issue, particularly if you are considering participating in the Fall Conference this year.

We have completed compilation of as many issues of Man, Alive! as we have been able to locate in the Man, Alive! section of this web site. You can go to the appropriate section of the pull-down menu above, or just click on this link.


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.

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.

Winter Gathering 2019

  • Dates: February 21-25, 2019
  • Location: Cook’s Cabin, Blanco Basin, Colorado
  • Theme: A Time to Wipe the Slate Clean (registration is open)
  • Contact: Uwe Schroeter (uweschroeter@comcast.net) and/or R. Lawrence Cook (rlcook44@msn.com)

Spring Retreat 2019

  • Dates: April 11-14, 2019
  • Location: Hummingbird Music Camp just North of Jemez Springs, NM
  • Theme: Creativity and The Warrior
  • Contact: Vittorio LaCerva (heartsongsvittorio@gmail.com).

Couples Gathering 2019

  • Dates: May 17 to May 19, 2019
  • Location: In Corrales, NM, at the home of David Chittak Caldwell
  • Theme: to be announced
  • Contact: Robby Back (RobertBeck59@me.com)

Father-Daughter Gathering 2019

  • Dates: Friday, May 31 at 3pm – to Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 1pm
  • Location: Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
  • Theme: to be announced
  • Contact: Kurt and Sasha Faust (kurt@tierraconceptssantafe.com)

Summer Gathering 2019

  • Dates: July 18 to July 21, 2019
  • Location: Jack’s Creek Group Campground, north of Pecos NM in the Santa Fe Natl. Forest
  • Theme: to be announced
  • Contact: to be announced

NMMW 35th Anniversary Celebration

  • Date: September 14, 2019
  • Location: Albuquerque, NM (details to be announced)
  • Theme: to be announced
  • Contact: to be announced

Fall Conference 2019

  • Dates: October 24-27, 2019
  • Location: Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
  • Theme: Listening (details to be announced)
  • Contact: 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.

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!


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