9:15 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2006
I-25, Exit 233, Alameda Blvd. (new location)
Meet in the Ramada Inn parking lot on the NW corner of the intersection

Come join us for this biannual men’s wellness community service project. We’ll have some fun and good camaraderie pickin’ up paper, cans, iron bars, old bottles, etc., or some other collectible items. Dutch treat lunch at noon.

So, meet us for the New Mexico Men’s Wellness Adopt-A-Highway Project
at 9:15, Saturday morning, March 24th.

Please let me know if you’ll be there.
RSVP to Bob McMain, @ 248-1001 or RoadRunner36@comcast.net

We are starting to plan for the 2007 Father and Daughter weekend, taking place the first weekend in June, June 1st 2nd and 3rd. Our first planning meeting will be help in Santa Fe on March 25th at 11:00am. We will have a conference call number set up for all those who cannot attend in person. We would love, and need, your participation to make this as memorable and heartfelt as the first two weekends. Please RSVP to me, Barry McIntosh, if you plan on attending the weekend and RSVP me if you plan on participating in the planning meeting and I will get you directions and/or the conference call number.

My email is kbmac@cybermesa.com.  I hope all are well and hopefully we will see you soon.
Barry McIntosh

Join us at Cooks’ Cabin in the Blanco Basin in southwest Colorado for the 18th Annual Spring Retreat. Our 3500 square foot log home with spa can accommodate 20 or so. There are five bedrooms and a large second floor loft with a total of ten beds and lots of room for mattresses, foam pads, and sleeping bags. We have lots of sheets, pillows, and blankets.

We are located at 8100′ between the Rio Blanco and Fish Creek, adjacent to the South San Juan National Forest on the south and east. Ski terrain varies. Any level of skier can be accommodated. We should expect some snow. Skiing is possible right out the front door with trails of various lengths and difficulty, some with broken trails and many areas to explore and enjoy the shared task of breaking trail. There are miles of plowed roads and accessible miles of snowmobile traveled roads. Bring your own ski and snow shoe equipment.

The 13.5 miles on the year-round cleared Blanco Basin Road can be most often driven by any car, but front-wheel or 4-wheel drive is sometimes needed. I will coordinate the travel arrangements.

The cost is $25 per person per night. Come for the number of nights that work for you. Please pay at the weekend. Please bring your own drinks and food. Breakfasts will be as simple or as complex as you desire. Lunches will be snacks while skiing. Saturday evening we will probably want to coordinate a communal meal around what we can share together. We have the basic seasonings, etc. If you need a particular ingredient, pot or pan, check with me.

The essence of the weekend is in the spirit of camaraderie. We continually enjoy proffering to others the opportunities to be at peace in the blanketed Blanco Basin. please bring what you wish to share via poetry, songs, stories, queries, games, talking sticks, drums, and other musical instruments. The time can be as laid back or structured as you wish to make it.

Contact Lawrence Cook at 1503 Lucyle Place NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114-8819 or call (505) 898-2206 or send email to rlcook44@msn.com.

Friday-Sunday, April 20-22; Hummingbird Music Camp
5 miles north of Jemez Springs on State Highway 4

Theme and focus of this year’s retreat will be “Spirituality: Connections & Choices.” The format will be flexible, allowing participants to engage in presentations, discussions, Open Space, and personal choices (self-selection). Subject to weather, Will Hoffman (convener, 294-7741) will lead a trip to the hot springs Sunday morning, and a possible Sunday afternoon optional hike at Battleship Rock. Participants are encouraged to bring and share such gifts as communication, wellness & healing, meditation, journaling, meditative journaling, yoga, tai-chi, poetry reading, your favorite book or video sharing, drumming and music. Past Men’s Wellness resources and themes which could be presented include Man Alive’s Winter 2004 edition, “Men & Spirituality”; 2003 Spring theme, “Giving & Receiving”; Non Verbal Communication; and “The Five Languages of Love.” A possible additional resource is the Program “Men as Learners and Elders,” from the Center for Action & Contemplation (Richard Rohr, Albuquerque), ref. www.malespirituality.org.

Schedule: Friday, 6-7 p.m. Registration (no dinner served); 7 p.m., Opening (Prelude, Foreplay, Offertory). Saturday, three activity sessions after breakfast, lunch, and dinner followed by smaller group break outs or alternate Open Space or self-selection; Sunday, breakfast, closing session, lunch, and optional afternoon trek or pilgrimage.

Cost: $110 (all accommodations, two nights, heated individual rooms, five meals); $80, no meals provided; $65, overnight campers; scholarships available.

Planning, Agenda & Leadership begins March 1 and will be conducted by participants via email committee.

Registration begins March 1. Convener will organize car pooling from Albuquerque area and seeks assistance from Santa Fe. Will Hoffman, Convener 294-7741.