Radiant-Theme-WebEach year, fathers and daughters gather to honor and celebrate their special relationship at the Annual Father-Daughter Gathering at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. This year the gathering is June 1st – 3rd, 2012.

The theme is “Weaving a Radiant Life” drawing its inspiration from the classic tale, Charlotte€™s Web by E.B. White, an endearing story of mentoring, friendship, love, and the circle of life.  It encourages us to seek out and honor the qualities in each other that make us special.  Charlotte sees the best in Wilbur and inspires him to become more than he thought possible.  Over time and through life’s trials, he comes to believe that he is indeed €œRadiant€ and €œTerrific€.

The story of Charlotte and Wilbur will provide a framework for exploring the special relationship we have as fathers and daughters.  This relationship includes love, mutual respect, shared learning, and support throughout life.

We invite you to come spin a web of connection with your father or daughter and to discover the magic that creates the bond between you. Share stories, hike, and spend quality time together in the beautiful landscape of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.


Registration forms are available to download here.  Forms may be printed and filled out (or filled out on your computer and then printed).  Please complete a separate registration form for each person attending.

Registration Deadline: Forms with checks must be received by: Monday, April 30, 2012.
Mail Registration Form and Check made payable to NMMW to:

NM Men€™s Wellness,
c/o John Gervers, 6 Cayuse Place,
Santa Fe, NM 87508.

Daughters must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the gathering.  Space for the gathering is limited, so register now.  Registration fee is $190 per person and includes lodging, meals, and a T-shirt.  Partial scholarships may be available; contact John Gervers (below) for scholarship inquiries.

Chimney-SunsetFor more information:

Contact John Gervers: johngervers@gmail.com (505.466.2662) or Gary Carlson: canmgary@aol.com.

For a daughter’s perspective: Contact Amiel Gervers: amielgraphics@yahoo.com or Kelly Carlson: kcarlson@uncc.edu.

Some comments from participants in previous Father – Daughter Gatherings:

“It was fun, it was challenging, and it led to a break-through in our relationship that has brought us closer together.”

“Spending three days with my adult daughter was just a wonderful experience of getting to know her and appreciate her in an entirely new way.”

“It opened windows into a different way of seeing and being with each other and has changed the dynamic of our relationship completely!”

“The father daughter gathering was a special opportunity to grow closer to my father, sharing our feelings and our hopes for moving forward, conscious of the relationship that we want to build with each other.”

If you’d like a special invitation that you can send Click here to download a special invitation that you can send on to your daughter (or father if you’re a daughter reading this) to invite them to share this special weekend with you. You’ll be glad you did!


Men’s Cross Country Ski Weekend
February 23-27, 2012

snow-dayNatural beauty, camaraderie, sharing, solitude, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, merry making, reflection,  companionship in a safe, supportive men’s environment

Join us at COOKS’ CABIN in the Blanco Basin in SW Colorado
for the 23rd Annual NMMW Winter Gathering

Our 3500 sq. ft. log home with spa can accommodate twenty or so.

The cost is $25 per person per night. Come for the number of nights that work for you.  Please pay at the weekend.

ski-dinnerThe 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.

For further information, contact Lawrence Cook at 1503 Lucyle Pl. N.W., Albuq. N.M. 87114-8819 or (505) 898-2206 or rlcook44@msn.com

Click Ski Weekend 2012 for a printable flyer (with some more details and logistical information than this announcement).