Registration is now open for the

12th Annual NM Men’s Wellness Spring Retreat

April 12-14, 2013

The Power of Words

led by

Robby Beck (and cohorts)

“A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.”

Mark Twain


“I gotta use words when I talk to you.”  T.S. Eliot

Words shape us, empower us, hurt us.   There are words we have used in the past and will use again; words we should use more often and words we should never use, but do.  During this weekend retreat, sponsored by New Mexico Men’s Wellness (NMMW), we will explore and experience the power of words and the affects and effects of our words, in our lives, in the lives of our loved ones and in the lives of others with whom we have contact.

We will work together in small groups of four to six men to deeply explore our connections to words and each other.  We will come together in a large group setting (20 to 30 men) where there will be time for talking circles and sharing of insights, experiences and wisdom.  Ceremony will be a significant part of the weekend.

Drumming sure feels good

In between the structured periods of discussion, music, eating and sharing, men will enjoy free time, relaxation and outdoor recreation.  Intimacy, humor and camaraderie are typical benefits of NMMW retreats.  The accommodations at Hummingbird are simple but comfortable, and meals are provided.

THE MEN:  For the past 28 years, New Mexico Men’s Wellness has provided forums for men to learn, grow and freely express their creativity, intentions, and wisdom.  We embrace diversity and encourage all men with an interest in our community to attend this Retreat.  To learn more about NMMW explore this website ( and if you are on Facebook find us by searching for “New Mexico Men’s Wellness.”


“When a man uses the words ‘just a country lawyer’ to describe himself, check to see if your wallet’s still there.
Fred Harris (attributed to Lyndon Johnson)

Robby Beck is a country lawyer who has been involved in NMMW since 1997.  The leadership roles at spring retreats are shared among the participants: men with diverse knowledge, experience and skills, and with a common belief in our capacities for personal growth, nurturing, creativity and leadership.

SETTING: Hummingbird Music Camp is located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. We will have the north campus to ourselves: a large meeting/gathering room, covered outdoor space, and dorm style double rooms.  The main campus, including the dining room where we share our meals with the other guests, is a ten minute walk from our headquarters.  The lively Jemez River runs through the camp, and the nearby forested mountains and dramatic red rock cliffs provide ready opportunities for hiking, bird watching and exploration.  Relaxing hot springs are a short drive from the camp.

REGISTRATION:  The registration form (with much of the information on this web page) is available by clicking on 2013 Spring Retreat Reg Form.  The registration page contains details about fees.  The registration form is an Acrobat PDF form, and a link will be found at the end of this page to download and install the latest (free) version of Acrobat Reader.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so send it in as soon as possible and no later than April 1st.  We expect 20 to 30 men to attend, and we will create a waiting list if needed.

SCHOLARSHIPS:  NMMW has funds to provide partial or full sponsorship for those men who are eager to attend and in need of financial assistance.  Please contact Robby Beck directly for further information.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in baskets of silver.”  Proverbs 25:11

Click to Download Adobe Acrobat ReaderContact information
for questions or comments:
Robby Beck (575) 207-5992




Agenda for the NMMW Board Meeting

February 4, 2013

The quarterly meeting of New Mexico Men’s Wellness will be Monday, February 4, 2013, at the home of Scott Dow at 1577 Kachina Ridge Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507.  The meeting starts at 6:30pm.

Agenda Items

  • Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting (20-Oct-2012)
  • Approval of Agenda and selection of items to be covered from list below.

Items below were initiated at previous board meetings.  Where and individual has suggested an item, that person is indicated (in parentheses):

  • Election of all 2013 NMMW Board Officers
  • Leader’s Guide: (Charles Fisher) Completion of missing parts and strategy for creating a distributable electronic “working” version.
  • Website Report: (Jim Connolly) Transfer of ownership status
  • Men’s Support Group Committee Report (Dave Breault or a representative)
  • Outreach and Planning Committee: (Mike Pedroncelli, Will H., Uwe) Strategy and progress
  • Fall Conference wrap-up Report (Kurt, Mike P.)
  • New Business

NMMW Minutes 10-20-12

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:, (505) 897-1850; or Jim Connolly:

For a daughter’s perspective: Contact Kelly Carlson-Reddig:; or Amanda Connolly:

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