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Registration is now open for the 2017 NMMW Fall Conference:

Becoming
The Dragon

 

The 33rd annual New Mexico Men’s Wellness Fall Conference will be at Ghost Ranch on October 19-22, 2017. Even as you read this, you are becoming, just as the life around you is constantly changing and becoming. One day we will all be ancient voices to those who continue after us.

Join us as together we adventure through physical and mythic dimensions in the magical setting of Ghost Ranch. Through the eyes of the dragon, a powerful mythic image of “the power of life engaged in the field of time”, we will touch those men who came before us as we continue their footsteps into the future and experience this deep mystery.

If you’re new, a few things about NMMW:

  • This is a tradition of men supporting men in a place of deep natural beauty
  • Adult men of all ages are invited and encouraged to participate.  While most workshops and activities are led primarily by NMMW elders, contributions by all men are valued and welcomed both in large-group and small-group activities.
  • A tradition of NMMW activities is that while the conference “container” is created through the efforts of the conference leaders, what actually happens at the conference is a collaborative effort that ends up growing out of the efforts of all of the participants.
  • Drug/alcohol free
  • Ghost Ranch is spartan but comfortable, with good food and well maintained facilities.  Rooms are shared with two to four persons par room with shared baths.  Tent and RV camping options are available that include meals.
  • It can be a powerful weekend, but we adhere to the rule of two feet . . . if you don’t want to participate in something, you don’t have to.

And . . . there will be many opportunities to “hang out” with other interesting men, to enjoy the natural beauty of Ghost Ranch, and to experience __________ (you fill in this blank).

Registration

Registration is now open.  Both online registration  (complete a registration form and mail it in with your check) 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.  “Early Bird” registration is available for participants who register on or before September 20th with a $25 discount. 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.

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.

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.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact the registrar, Mike Pedroncelli via Email (mikepedroncelli@yahoo.com) or telephone (505 343-9433).  Our webmaster, Jim Connolly (jrc347@gmail.com; 505-550-2433) can assist with any issues that arise related to online registrations.

Scholarships

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 make this known to the conference leader by downloading, filling  out and sending this scholarship request form to:

Wayne Mathias
605 Bledsoe Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

The form may also be filled out on your computer or other device with Adobe Acrobat Reader and sent to Wayne as an Email attachment to Wayne at Menswellness2017@gmail.com.  If applying for a scholarship, please complete and send in a mail-on registration form (this can also be completed with Adobe Acrobat reader and sent via Email attachment).  It should be filled out completely but the total payment should be left blank and no money should be enclosed.  It is important to submit scholarship requests as early as possible to ensure that you be considered for support.  Those applying for scholarships will be contacted with the amount of support awarded and the amount they are required to pay (this is usually a minimum of $50.00).

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.

  • Wayne Mathias (menswellness2017@gmail.com; 505-514-6734) is the Conference leader.  Wayne is based in Albuquerque.  Any questions about the Conference including scholarship requests, ideas for breakouts or activities you would like to help lead, or just about anything related to the Conference should be directed towards Wayne.
  • Michael Sheppard (michael@bigskylearning.com; 505-699-6425) is the Conference co-leader.  Michael is based in Santa Fe.  Questions, comments and suggestions about the Conference can also be directed to Michael.
  • Mike Pedroncelli (mikepedroncelli@yahoo.com; 505-343-9433) is the registrar for the Conference.  Any questions about your registration, special needs in the area of accommodations and related items should be directed to Mike.
  • Jim Connolly (jrc347@gmail.com; 505-550-2433) is the NMMW webmaster.  He should be contacted if you have questions or problems with the online registration process or have questions or suggestions about any aspects of the conference web page (or other web pages) on nmmw.org.

About the Conference T-shirt

Below you will find drafts proofs of the T-shirt being designed for the Conference.  Since the T-shirts are optional we decided to give you a look at what is coming (pretty cool, eh?).  The final printed shirt will not have the black box seen in the proofs.  Though optional, we think you’ll want one, so be sure to add it to your registration as there will be a very limited number available for those who don’t order them ahead.

 

 


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


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Photo credits from top down: Amiel Gervers, Joseph Woods, Roger Harmon

 

Becoming

 

The Dragon

 

The 33rd annual New Mexico Men’s Wellness Fall Conference will be at Ghost Ranch on October 19-22, 2017. Even as you read this, you are becoming, just as the life around you is constantly changing and becoming. One day we will all be ancient voices to those who continue after us.

Registration is now open — to register please go to the main Conference at www.nmmw.org/fall-2017.  As of this writing (August, 2017) we are still working on planning the conference and if you are interested in participating in this process (we really like input) please read on.

Leadership and Planning for the Fall Conference

This year’s leader is Wayne Mathias, and co-leader is Michael Sheppard.  The planning and leadership of the Fall Conference is facilitated by men who are part of the NMMW community rather than bringing in “experts” from outside.  This has been a key to sustaining this unique and supportive culture of men for 33 years.  As a participant, you are invited to participate in the planning and leadership of this conference, and your ideas and involvement are welcomed.

Here is the schedule for the planning meetings:

  • August 1 (Tues) in Albuquerque at Wayne’s house
  • August 28 (Mon) in Santa Fe (Seton Castle next door to Michael’s house in Seton Village)
  • September 18 (Mon) in Albuquerque at Wayne’s house
  • October 2 (Mon) in Santa Fe at Seton Castle

All meetings will be held at 6:00 pm.

The meetings in Albuquerque and Santa Fe will include dinner.

Wayne’s house in Albuquerque is located at 605 Bledsoe Rd. NW, on Bledsoe Rd just west of Dan’s Boots and Saddles, which is located on 4th St about 6 blocks north of Osuna.

Directions to Seton Castle will be posted soon.

Please RSVP to Wayne if you can make it so we can plan how much food to provide and to facilitate carpooling.  Menswellness2017@gmail.com  505-514-6734 cell.


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Registration is now open!

2017 NMMW Summer Gathering July 13 -16

Wild at Heart

 

 Ben Clark, Gathering Leader

“If a man is going to ever find out who he is and what he is here for, he has got to take that journey for himself. He has got to get his heart back”. …Your heart may feel dead and gone, but it’s there. Something wild and strong and valiant, just waiting to be released.
John Eldredge, Wild at Heart

The men of New Mexico Men’s Wellness cordially invite you to an exploration of what truly calls to your heart. From the time we were boys, we had a heartfelt desire for adventure. Although our “wild heart” may have been tamed by our culture and the responsibilities we have accepted as adults, the need for adventure still burns within our hearts.

Please join us as we explore this aspect of ourselves in the pristine, cool and green setting of Jack’s Creek campground high in the Pecos mountains. We will participate in deep conversations, and on Saturday a “Two Circles Walk”, an ancient ceremony that was done at times of great change. The process involves working with the circle to weave together individual and community wisdom. The gathering will also allow time for the exploration of nature, a sweat lodge, meditation, Qigong, music and games. The accommodations are your tent or trailer (no RV hookups available). We will have a potluck dinner on Saturday evening.  Please bring the rest of the food you will need.

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 13 at 3 PM with an official gathering start on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 PM and ending on Sunday, July 16 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. More detailed information for registered men will be provided prior to the Gathering. We look forward to seeing you at Jack’s Creek!

Registration:

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 July 7th. 

Gathering Leader Contact Information:

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

Ben Clark
(443) 745-8863
benaclark2@gmail .com

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

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 2017 Gathering Flyer to download it.

Please note that NMMW has Scholarship funds to support registration fees for men need help to participate in our events.  If you are in need, please contact Ben Clark by phone or 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.

(Most of the photos on this page were taken by Joseph Woods.)


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NMMW Couples Gathering

“The Nature of Relationship”

 Corrales, NM~ June 9-11, 2017

Many of you have shared your desire to bring your partner to a “Men’s Wellness Gathering” and now is your chance!

Last year’s Couples Gathering was a most amazing journey of relationship for all who attended, and we’d like to share this experience with you and your loved one.

Registration is now open, and filling up fast, for the NMMW Couples Gathering on June 9-11th to be held in Corrales NM.  We are very lucky to have been offered the beautiful home of Chittak and Amba Caldwell for this year’s gathering.

This event promises to be a rich and deepening experience for couples to explore their relationship in a safe and supportive environment.  As facilitators of this event, we take our roles seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously, so, please be prepared for much laughter and fun!

photos by Joseph Woods

We have many ideas for this event and are in process of creating the content. We’d like to consider your thoughts and ideas as well. Please let us know what you would like to explore that could bring a deeper level of meaning and connection to your relationship.   There is a place to make suggestions on the registration form.

The couples gathering will be limited to 15 couples, including the leaders. Registrants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. To register and pay online by credit card please click here to be taken to our online registration page.  You may also download a mail-in registration form that can be filled out with Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer (or fill out by hand) and mail in with your check.  Upon receiving your registration and payment you will receive confirmation of your place in the Gathering.  You may also download a printable flyer that includes a printable registration form by clicking here.

The cost of the Gathering will be $180 per couple which will cover the cost of materials, catered meals at lunch and dinner, snacks, and clean up after the Gathering.

Breakfasts and lodging will be up to you.  We hope that local registrants will open their homes to out of town participants to keep the cost of lodging to a minimum.

Come join us and celebrate the magic and mystery of your relationship. More info to follow!

We Look forward to seeing you in June. For further information please contact John at johngervers@gmail.com or Joseph at seesfar46@gmail.com.

Joseph and Kris
John and Christy

 


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