NMMW Fall Conference, October 20-23, 2016


The Conference is FULL! We are now accepting men for the waitlist. 

Igniting Our Inner Light :

Symbols and Archetypes



OCTOBER 20-23, 2016



The 32nd annual New Mexico Men’s Wellness fall conference will be held at Ghost Ranch October 20-23, 2016. Join us as we explore our symbols and how our symbols reflect innate aspects of ourselves.

Circle of FriendsJung drew an analogy between the psyche and light on the electromagnetic spectrum. The center of the visible light spectrum (i.e., yellow) corresponds to consciousness, which grades into unconsciousness at the red and blue ends. Red corresponds to basic unconscious urges, and the invisible infra-red end of the spectrum corresponds to the influence of biological instinct, which merges with its chemical and physical conditions. The blue end of the spectrum represents spiritual ideas; and the achetypes, exerting their influence from beyond the visible, correspond to the invisible realm of ultra-violet. Although invisible, ultra-violet light and its impacts are measurable. Similarly spiritual ideas and archetypes inform our symbols and are revealed in them.

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At the Fall Conference we will consider the archetypical aspects of ourselves which, though invisible, are discernable through and reflected by our symbols. Our exploration will include interactive exercises, discussion in small groups, and experiential examination of our reactions to symbols.

What of the sword? Is the sword an appropriate symbol of men’s wellness? What does your reaction to these questions suggest about you? Is your reaction rooted in an innate archaic and invisible psychic characteristic? What of drums and drumming?

Learning with Each Other

The NMMW Fall Conference is unique in that it does not draw upon outside “experts” to provide information that we “need” to know, but relies on a planning process involving a large number of men from the community who contribute their ideas, energy, creativity, and talents to craft a home-grown program around the theme of the conference. More than thirty years ago Victor LaCerva started New Mexico Men’s Wellness and initiated a focus on men and their health. Our mission continues “to nurture wellness in body, mind, and spirit through the sharing of experiences across generations and cultures in safe, collaborative settings”. Our strength is the participatory nature of Men’s Wellness.

“Man becomes whole, integrated, calm, fertile, and happy when (and only when) the process of individuation is complete, when the conscious and the unconscious have learned to live at peace and to complement one another.” -C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols.


Leadership and Planning for the Fall Conference

This year’s leader, David Chittak Caldwell, and co-leader Wayne Mathias, invite you to the Fall Conference and, if you are moved to do so, share your time and talents by participating in the planning process for the conference.

Planning meetings are open to everyone and your attendance and input are very much welcomed and valued.  Here is the schedule for the planning meetings:

Tuesday,            August 9                 Santa Fe     (completed)
Wednesday,      August 24               Corrales      (completed)  
Tuesday,            September 6          Santa Fe      (completed)  
Tuesday,            September 20        Corrales      (completed)
Wednesday,      October 5                TBD

All meetings will be held at 6:00pm.  The meetings in Santa Fe and Corrales will include dinner.  We will be meeting at John Gerver’s home in Santa Fe, 6 Cayuse Place, Santa Fe, NM 87508. (Thank you John!)  Chittak’s home in Corrales is located at 241 Bosque Acres Rd, Corrales, NM 87048.

Please RSVP to Chittak if you can make it so we can plan on how much food to provide and facilitate carpooling.
Unfortunately, the leader of the conference for the first 10 months of this past year, Robby Beck, had to step down for personal reasons. However, our co-leader has stepped into the leader role, and we have a new co-leader. Plus, we have leadership from within the community that is stepping up and working together to plan and run another meaningful and successful Fall Conference.  And remember that you too can be involved in the planning and leadership of the conference. We welcome your input and involvement. So, please join us…


If you are unable to attend, but would still like to contribute to the planning, or if you have any other questions, comments, suggestions, or requests, please contact Chittak and/or Wayne. Your input is welcome!

David Chittak Caldwell                                         Wayne Mathias
505-690-3054                                                       505-514-6734
dcald1@gmail.com                                               waynem1@flash.net


The conference is full. However, we typically have a few cancellations as the conference approaches. So, if you’d like to be placed on the wait list please “register” online or via postal mail via the links below, but do not pay. If we have any openings and you move from the wait list to “registered”, we will contact you and take care of payment at that time. Thank You.

To register online click here where you can fill out a form and pay with a credit card or PayPal. If you’d rather register by postal mail instead, click here to download a PDF flyer and registration form that you can print out, fill out by hand, and send via postal mail.


NMMW is committed to men of all financial circumstances participating in the Conference if they wish to do so. For this reason we encourage men who want to participate but need some assistance to contact the NMMW Board President, John Gervers via phone or email. We also encourage men who can contribute to the scholarship fund to do so, to support those men who need it. NMMW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation, and all donations to the scholarship fund or to other activities of the organization are deductible as charitable contributions.

If you would like to request a scholarship, please download and fill out this scholarship request form, then email to John Gervers. Or, contact John Gervers with questions, via email at  johngervers@gmail.com, or phone 202-236-3940.


For more Online Information about NMMW:

Web site: http://www.nmmw.org

Facebook: https://fb.me/NMMensWellness

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/NMMensWellness

Thanks to Uwe Schroeter and Roger Harmon for permission to use their photographs on this web page.

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