2008 Fathers and Daughters Gathering
June 6-8th at
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

The Story of Us

Accept this rare opportunity to join fathers and daughters in the majestic beauty of Ghost Ranch in June. Enjoy a time of undivided attention in a safe and nurturing environment, exploring the rewards and challenges of that most delicate relationship we call Father-Daughter.

Come share the stories we tell about ourselves and each other. Examine the common themes and intricate threads of the Father-Daughter relationship. As Fathers, how did the experiences of our own generation affect our expectations for our daughters? As Daughters, what challenges have we faced in an effort to create our own identity, and how did our €œbreakout€ change our expectations of our selves? The €œStory of Us€ is one that in truth reflects the past, but guides us into a new understanding of the future.

Don€™t miss this chance to spend a weekend solely devoted to exploring, healing, and strengthening your relationship with your father and your daughter.

Complete the registration form below today and reserve your space at the third annual Father and Daughter Gathering at Ghost Ranch.

Registration Form

€œGot Daughters?€ Then invite them to join you this year at the 2007 Fathers and Daughters Gathering, June 1st €“ 3rd at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico.

How does your Garden grow? The theme for the Father-Daughter Gathering this year is about cultivating and tilling the garden that is our relationship. See attached for more information, registration form, and our phone numbers/email addresses.

Registration Form

Bob Hollingsworth
John Gervers

Join us at Cooks’ Cabin in the Blanco Basin in southwest Colorado for the 18th Annual Spring Retreat. Our 3500 square foot log home with spa can accommodate 20 or so. There are five bedrooms and a large second floor loft with a total of ten beds and lots of room for mattresses, foam pads, and sleeping bags. We have lots of sheets, pillows, and blankets.

We are located at 8100′ between the Rio Blanco and Fish Creek, adjacent to the South San Juan National Forest on the south and east. Ski terrain varies. Any level of skier can be accommodated. We should expect some snow. Skiing is possible right out the front door with trails of various lengths and difficulty, some with broken trails and many areas to explore and enjoy the shared task of breaking trail. There are miles of plowed roads and accessible miles of snowmobile traveled roads. Bring your own ski and snow shoe equipment.

The 13.5 miles on the year-round cleared Blanco Basin Road can be most often driven by any car, but front-wheel or 4-wheel drive is sometimes needed. I will coordinate the travel arrangements.

The cost is $25 per person per night. Come for the number of nights that work for you. Please pay at the weekend. Please bring your own drinks and food. Breakfasts will be as simple or as complex as you desire. Lunches will be snacks while skiing. Saturday evening we will probably want to coordinate a communal meal around what we can share together. We have the basic seasonings, etc. If you need a particular ingredient, pot or pan, check with me.

The 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.

Contact Lawrence Cook at 1503 Lucyle Place NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114-8819 or call (505) 898-2206 or send email to rlcook44@msn.com.

Friday-Sunday, April 20-22; Hummingbird Music Camp
5 miles north of Jemez Springs on State Highway 4

Theme and focus of this year’s retreat will be “Spirituality: Connections & Choices.” The format will be flexible, allowing participants to engage in presentations, discussions, Open Space, and personal choices (self-selection). Subject to weather, Will Hoffman (convener, 294-7741) will lead a trip to the hot springs Sunday morning, and a possible Sunday afternoon optional hike at Battleship Rock. Participants are encouraged to bring and share such gifts as communication, wellness & healing, meditation, journaling, meditative journaling, yoga, tai-chi, poetry reading, your favorite book or video sharing, drumming and music. Past Men’s Wellness resources and themes which could be presented include Man Alive’s Winter 2004 edition, “Men & Spirituality”; 2003 Spring theme, “Giving & Receiving”; Non Verbal Communication; and “The Five Languages of Love.” A possible additional resource is the Program “Men as Learners and Elders,” from the Center for Action & Contemplation (Richard Rohr, Albuquerque), ref. www.malespirituality.org.

Schedule: Friday, 6-7 p.m. Registration (no dinner served); 7 p.m., Opening (Prelude, Foreplay, Offertory). Saturday, three activity sessions after breakfast, lunch, and dinner followed by smaller group break outs or alternate Open Space or self-selection; Sunday, breakfast, closing session, lunch, and optional afternoon trek or pilgrimage.

Cost: $110 (all accommodations, two nights, heated individual rooms, five meals); $80, no meals provided; $65, overnight campers; scholarships available.

Planning, Agenda & Leadership begins March 1 and will be conducted by participants via email committee.

Registration begins March 1. Convener will organize car pooling from Albuquerque area and seeks assistance from Santa Fe. Will Hoffman, Convener 294-7741.