2013 Fathers & Daughters Gathering May 24-27


Exploring Our Stories

The Annual Father/Daughter Gathering

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

May 24-27, 2013

We are delighted to announce that this year’s event will include an extra day (running from Friday afternoon until Monday morning), allowing us more time together and also more free time to enjoy the remarkable opportunities at Ghost Ranch.

Each year, fathers and daughters gather to honor and celebrate their special relationship.  This year, our theme is “Exploring Our Stories”, inviting us to draw inspiration from the power of sharing our life’s stories, stories of the past, present and future.  This may be an opportunity to get to know one another in entirely new ways!

Within this theme, we will share in large and small group settings, explore topics and questions in “fishbowl” style (always a favorite) and enjoy a father-daughter lunch outing.  We will also hike and explore Ghost Ranch together, gather around a campfire and create an art project.

In all, come prepared to have fun, to learn, to grow and to connect.  This is a unique opportunity to create new depth in your father-daughter relationship.


The registration form for the gathering is available by clicking on: 2013 Father & Daughter Registration Form. If you download and save the form to your own computer, you can fill it out, save it and print it using Adobe Acrobat Reader. (If needed, see the link at the end of this page that will let you go to Adobe’s site to download and install the reader.)  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: The early registration fee of $260 per person, available until May 1, includes lodging, meals, and a T-shirt. All registrations with checks must be received by Monday, May 20, 2013.  Mail registration form and check, made payable to NM Men’s Wellness, to:

NM Father-Daughter Gathering
c/o Gary Carlson
413 La Comunidad NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Daughters must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the gathering.  Space for the gathering is limited, so register now.  Partial scholarships may be available; contact Gary Carlson (below) for scholarship inquiries.

For more information:

Contact Gary Carlson: canmgary@aol.com, (505) 897-1850; or Jim Connolly: jrc347@gmail.com

For a daughter’s perspective: Contact Kelly Carlson-Reddig: kcarlson@uncc.edu; or Amanda Connolly: amanda.connolly@gmail.com

We have a newly assembled 4-page printable flyer that can be distributed to friends and associates who you think might be interested in participating with their father or daughter.  It includes most of the information found on this web page plus the registration form and invitation “coupon”; it may be downloaded here by clicking on Father-Daughter 2013 Printable Brochure.

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!

If you need to download Adobe’s Free Acrobat Reader (very useful for lots of things including completing your registration form) please click on the logo below which will take you to Adobe’s site and assist with getting it installed:

Click to Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

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