A message from the Summer Gathering organizing committee for the Men’s Wellness community . . .

Jack's Creek Campground

Pre-registration for the Summer Gathering is closed, however the openness of the site allows for some last minute participants. These final pre-Gathering instructions are included here on this web page for those who chose to come but were unable to pre-register.

To help build on the theme of “Intuition and Inspiration”, here are some things to think about before you come:

  • Think about a particular time or times when you trusted your intuition about a person or situation and followed up on it. Did it turn out positive or negative? Was it beneficial or a bummer to you? How did you feel about the outcome?
  • Who or what is an inspiration to you now or in the past?

Some things you need to know for the weekend:

  • Please bring:
    • Your own paper or notebook for taking notes–there will be extra pens if needed.
    • Tables — we don’t know if we will need them for the communal meal but you might want to bring them for your personal use.
    • Water — enough for drinking and washing your dishes.
    • Trash bags — you will need to haul your own trash out.
    • Drums or musical instruments to play (if you are so inclined).
  • Communal meal Saturday night.  Delicious food will be supplied by Scott Sharot.   Help will likely be needed with setup and prep.  There may (or may not) be enough food for those appearing without preregistration (but we’ll have enough time to figure that out). You are on your own for all other meals.
  • Groceries — There is a supermarket in Cuba in case you forgot something. We will be supplying firewood for communal fires but you can also buy your own for personal fires.
  • Workshops for Saturday afternoon:
    • If you have the desire to conduct a workshop you will have a chance to announce your intention on Friday night or Saturday morning.
    • Saturday afternoon is also open for free time if you choose.
  • Click on this link to download a detailed Acrobat PDF map and directions.We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Gathering.

    Love & Peace

    Dennis, Leo, Rich and Christopher
    Summer Gathering Leader and Committee.

    The 2010 Summer Gathering will be moving this year to an area in the Santa Fe National Forest just east of Cuba, NM.  This site away from the crowds and has been used for prior NMMW gatherings.  The change was required because we could not secure parts of the group campground at Jack’s Creek in the Pecos that we require to assure the privacy of our gathering. Regardless of the location, this will be a great gathering and one you won’t want to miss.  A big plus for the new site is that we are no longer limited to 30 men, and we can be more flexible about “last minute” attendees.

    We will explore and share our experiences of intuition Balance - Summer 2009and inspiration, and I’m sure many more things will be brought forth in the process. I know that we will be inspired by the beauty of the mountains and the green valleys of this beautiful place.

    This will be a time to share of ourselves with other supportive men in an environment of understanding and acceptance.  There will be morning meditations, talking circles, music and drumming, a couple of meals together, a sweat lodge and an event to lead us to intuition and inspiration.  Besides all that we will have free time to do with as we choose.

    The 2010 NMMW Summer Gathering Registration Form (as an Adobe Acrobat PDF form you can fill out on your computer) is available now.  This form now refers to the new location.  All who register will be sent detailed location information and directions well in advance of the gathering.)

    Please join us…it won’t be the same without you.

    Dennis Brown, Summer Gathering Leader


    Registration materials (including useful logistical information) are available by clicking here.  Registration is easy €” download the form and fill it out on your computer, print it and send it in with your check for $45 and you€™ll be sure not to miss out on this great weekend.  Because of our change in location, we can no more easily accommodate late registrations and folks who can only attend for part of the weekend.

    Please Note that we have prepared a detailed map of the site location that includes detailed driving directions and Latitute/Longitute coordinates for the GPS-enabled.  Click Summer2010-Jemez-Directions to access the printable Acrobat PDF of the map and directions.

    directions-signFor those of you who are traveling the back roads near Cuba (the one in New Mexico) heading to the summer gathering and you come to a fork in the road perhaps you will see a sign similar to the one pictured at right. For those of you who have an engineering degree perhaps no further instruction is necessary, but for the rest of you the arrow to the right is suggesting that you turn right. If the arrow should be on the left, you would be wise to turn your ride to the left and so on. We have only lost 3 or 4 guys on the road to the summer gathering in the past so the odds are in your favor of a safe arrival.

    Because our campsite is not an organized and reserved camping area, any men who could come on Thursday would be very beneficial in holding our space at the campsite.  The regular start of the Gathering will still be Friday evening.  Because of recent rains in the area, campfires are currently allowed in the National Forest.

    For Information Contact:
    Gathering Leader Dennis Brown (Phone: 970-728-0512; Email is brown.dennis123@gmail.com but phone calls are more reliable)

    (Email messages may be sent to Jim Connolly — jrc347@gmail.com — who will get them to Dennis.)


    (Photos from previous Summer Gatherings courtesy of Uwe Schroeter)