We hope this finds you safe, healthy and engaged in meaningful inner explorations, and outer creative play.

The summer gathering has been postponed. Since we still have the reservation for the space at Jack’s Creek, there may be an informal opportunity for folks to gather there, depending on fire closures & state issued rules concerning size of gatherings. Stay tuned for more info! Thanks to John Bishop and team for their efforts to figure this out.

The Fall Conference planning is underway with an active leadership team. At this point we hope Ghost Ranch will be open and functioning for our October 22-25 meeting. If you want to help out, please contact Mark Ayers (mayersabq@gmail.com)

Albuquerque Bring a Buddy continues on ZOOM.

Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:45 to 8:30 hosted by Barry Cooney.

The topic of this Zoom Meeting: will focus on “Kindness and Unkindness”  The word kindness has many aspects: generosity, sympathy, tenderness, compassion, and support;  While being unkind may be characterized by hostility, selfishness, cruelty or indifference. In what ways do you demonstrate kindness to yourself and others?; and by contrast, are there ways in which you’re acting unkindly to yourself, your loved ones, friends or the society in general?   
Please join us for this evening and PLEASE NOTE: we will limit attendance due to the use of Zoom to 18 men on a first come basis.

 You can use my email address- ryounger@galves.com to register.

If there is an overflow of men wanting to attend, Barry has graciously offered to repeat the same meeting on Tuesday June 16th at the same time.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening.


MONDAY ZOOM MEETINGS:

Johnny Olesen and Robert Younger are doing Monday afternoon zoom meetings (next is June 1st)  focused on: How are you doing during these challenging times? Our lives are being affected in so many big and small ways, but we have an opportunity to gather and support each other. Let’s meet online in a safe space: to check in with each other and to share how this past month has been for us. We will use the large group and small group format to talk about the changes in our lives, our levels of support, our needs and ways to build connection.

 Please contact Robert Younger with any questions or to be added to our email list for Monday zoom meetings.

Santa Fe Bring A Buddy on Zoom Wednesday June 10, 6:30 to 8pm.

THORNS and BUDS  These days! What’s convenient? What’s inconvenient?

Wholeheartedness is a precious gift…Let’s spend the evening sharing our thorns and buds that we hold in this time of our lives.

Hosted by Glenn Dickter, a retired small business owner certified as a Compassionate Listening facilitator. He works with men in prison as part of the Alternatives to Violence Project, and has been involved for 25 years with The Mankind Project. Glenn has been a frequent attendee at Santa Fe Bring a Buddy events. To register/receive the Zoom access code, please email Victor LaCerva (heartsongsvittorio@gmail.com) no later than June 8, with BRING A BUDDY in subject line. Limited to 18 men. Look forward to seeing you!


Man, Alive! can only stay alive with your participation…please consider!

The deadline for submissions for the summer edition of Man, Alive! is Sunday, June 14. The theme is “Growth”. Relative to that theme, Covid-19 related submissions will also be considered. Remember we need poetry, prose no longer than 1500 words, illustrations and photography. You may send submissions directly to the editor at: hbfire88@gmail.com

Thank you!
Hank


Work is progressing really well on our new website. We’ll let you see it in all its glory with the July newsletter. Thanks to Mark Pugsley & team for all their hard work. And to Jim Connoly for years of service keeping the current one going!

THANKS FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT OF NM MEN’S WELLNESS. Hope to see you soon!

Hugs from our NMMW Board: Mark Ayers, Barry Cooney, Jon Driscoll, Roger Harmon, Marc Kolman, Victor La Cerva, Mark Pugsley and Dave Robertson.

 

Greetings! We hope this finds you well, healthy and being of service to others. This is a new initiative by the Board to try and reduce the number of email communications you receive from NMMW.

The journey of men towards wellness is an individual and collective story, a connecting to source and wisdom within, with our inner transformation manifesting in the outer world.

Newsworthy items:

  • The Couples event has been postponed until May 2021. The Summer Gathering is still on. Look for registration info in early June.

  • You should have received a separate communication about upcoming NMMW sponsored ZOOM events. Check them out!

  • We remain hopeful that both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque Bring a Buddy evening events will resume as “in the flesh” gatherings in June.

  • Some of you may have received calls from Board members over the past few weeks. Most have found this reaching out to be extremely beneficial for both parties. This initiative was started by the Board to seek input on improving what is offered by NMMW.

  • Man Alive! summer edition call for submissions. The deadline is June 14th. Topic will be Growth. Poetry, prose (max 1500 words) drawings and photos all welcome. Especially interested in pieces reflecting CoVid19 resiliency. Questions? contact Hank Blackwell 505-551-2400 or hbfire88@gmail.com

  • Progress continues on a new website. We hope to have it up and running by June.

  • We are still working on diversity outreach and helping men get into groups. Contact Dave Robertson in Albuquerque (505) 803-6242/ Email: robertson.david51@gmail.com and Barry Cooney (505) 220-6657/ Email: barrycooney21@gmail.com in Santa Fe if you have openings or know of someone seeking to join a group.

  • We are continuing to expand our Social Media presence. Here are some guidelines for creating short video pieces for NMMW to use on its pages. Click on these links to see two samples:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw_StpDUDtg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq0ZNQNGUiw

Video Criteria

  • Orientation: Landscape
  • Time: 3 minutes to be edited down to 30 Seconds
  • Sound: Be aware of background noise, wind etc. Clarity. Indoors preferred.
  • Background: Clean without distractions coming out of head.
  • Quality: HD
  • Lighting: Frontal or face without light sources behind face – avoid backlighting
  • Stability: Be aware of camera shake. If available, use tripod or table.
  • Editing: We will be editing video so don’t worry about it not being perfect. Give us several (5-10) takes. W can combine them together into one good video.
  • Delivering Files: Transfer full resolution to PC and send to michael@bigskylearning.com Dropbox

THANKS FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT OF NM MEN’S WELLNESS. Hope to see you soon!

Hugs from our NMMW Board: Mark Ayers, Barry Cooney, Jon Driscoll, Roger Harmon, Marc Kolman, Victor La Cerva, Mark Pugsley and Dave Robertson.