31st Annual NM Men’s Wellness
Winter Gathering

February 20–24, 2020

20/20 Vision

Uwe Schroeter and Lawrence Cook

As we come together for our Winter Gathering, may we reflect metaphorically with “20/20” perspectives on our past, present and future.

With every season comes the opportunity to take stock, to reflect, and—if necessary or to mix things up and recheck our vision for what lies ahead in the supportive company of other men. 

The “Blanketed Blanco Basin” is certainly covered already with a substantial base of 3 to 4 feet of snow.  Winter is here and ready for us.

Please join us for the 31st NMMW Winter Gathering to take some time out of our busy lives.  Please be prepared to check your “20/20 Vision” to share it with others and learn from them also.  We will be active during the day, starting with morning meditation and/or Qigong. We will have outings into the surrounding wilderness on snow shoes and skis. We will play games, listen to and make music, and prepare and share communal meals. Registration is now open. For more information contact:

A downloadable flyer (Acrobat PDF) is available by clicking on this link: 2020 Winter Gathering Flyer.  Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in participating.

The one-page registration form is available by clicking here.  This form may be printed out, filled out and mailed in by postal mail to Uwe at the address below.  It may also be downloaded to your computer, filled out with Adobe Acrobat Reader, saved and sent in as an Email attachment to Uwe’s Email (also below).   Note: To save the completed online form, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader.  The bottom of this page has a link where you can download the latest Acrobat Reader for free.   

Date: February 20-24, 2020
Cook’s Cabin, Blanco Basin, CO
Arrival: Thursday or Friday
Departure: Sunday or Monday

Charges (please pay by cash or check at Cook’s Cabin): $30 per person per night.  Please bring groceries for shared meals.   Please voice your opinion on your registration form on the coordination of the preparation of breakfasts and dinners.  Lunches will be each  individual’s responsibility.

Due to space limitations, there is a limit of 20 participants.   Registrations will be accepted on a first‐come, first-served basis  (with a waiting list beyond that).  Please send your registration form as soon as you can.

Please mail or email the completed Registration Form to:

By regular mail:

Uwe Schroeter
Apt. No. 2824
6800 Vista del Norte Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

By Email:


After your registration form is received, we will contact you with directions and other details about the weekend.  For more information please contact Lawrence or Uwe.  Contacts are listed above. 


Some version of the free Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader is required to complete the online registration form that can be completed and sent by Email attachment.  It is also very useful for reading all sorts of PDF documents found on websites.  It may be downloaded and installed by clicking on the graphic link below:

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New Mexico Men’s Wellness is committed to nurturing wellness in body, mind, and spirit. NMMW has brought men together in retreats and discussions for over 30 years. Please join us!

Free Monthly Presentations and Discussions for Men
First Tuesday of each month – 7 to 9 pm
Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living
2801 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

January 7th, 2020

Play and Improv- An Evening of Fun

Why be so serious?! Join us to indulge your playful, childlike self. We will immerse ourselves in laughter, spontaneity, and creativity. Leave the critic and competitor at home. We’ll mess up, and that’s part of the fun!
Mark Ayers is our future Fall Conference Leader; he’s on a lifelong mission to find joy and delight.

Questions? Contact Mark @ mayersabq@gmail.com

February 4th, 2020

Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Here is a chance, in a safe environment to better understand the feelings that we carry over painful experiences that have happened to us or by us. How do these weigh on us, how do they impact our relationships and what can we do to better understand, forgive where useful and move forward in our lives.

Robert Younger is a long time member of NMMW. He enjoys conducting workshops on many areas of interest for men using his skills with Psychodrama and Playback Theater.

Questions? Contact Robert B. Younger @ ryounger@galves.com

March 3rd, 2020

Giving and Receiving Support

Many men have difficulty reaching out when times are challenging. Our cave is familiar and beckons us to suffer in silence. Support sometimes feels like someone “getting on our back,” rather than true assistance or encouragement. Through interactive exercises we will experience the positive cycle of asking for, receiving and giving support in a way that feels nourishing.

Vittorio La Cerva, founder of NMMW, has been committed to helping men understand the many joys and challenges of being a man in relationship to himself and to others.

Questions? Contact Vittorio La Cerva @ heartsongsvittorio@gmail.com

Bring a Buddy events are designed to introduce new men to the activities of New Mexico Men’s Wellness.  PLEASE make an effort to invite someone new who could benefit from and have fun with these events.  Click HERE to download a flyer which can be shared with someone you know.  

More information about NMMW available at: www.nmmw.org 


The latest edition of NMMW’s “Man, Alive!” for Fall-Winter 2019 is now available for reading online or downloading (so you can print your own copy).  Winter provides a time for Reflection on the year that is passing.    Click here to read and/or download this latest issue.  We think you will find some interesting and challenging pieces to stimulate thoughts on the year that is passing.  

NMMW is a volunteer organization and we need YOUR input to make Man, Alive! and all of the other activities of New Mexico Men’s Wellness a success.  Our editor is Hank Blackwell (hbfire88@gmail.com).  Please contact Hank with any questions you may have about submissions.  There is also information about how to submit material on our website at this link

We have completed compilation of as many issues of Man, Alive! as we have been able to locate in the Man, Alive! section of this web site. You can go to the appropriate section of the pull-down menu above, or just click on this link

An important note: Man, Alive! is distributed as an Adobe PDF.  Viewing PDF files with any web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.).  Printing PDF files from your web browser, however, can result in illegible garbled text.  To print the Man, Alive! issues, it is suggested that you download and install the Acrobat PDF Reader from Adobe.  It is is free and will take a little time to install, but should produce good, readable printed copies.  The download link is below: 

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Feeding Our Third Body


NMMW Couples Retreat 2020

May 22-24

registration opens February 14, 2020 
Limit to 12 couples
Co-facilitated by 
Cindy and John McLeod, Michael Grodsky and Mara Lonner

Feeding Our Third Body is the theme of the NMMW annual couples’ retreat.  The weekend’s goal is to make evident, to awaken, to cherish and learn to feed the “third body,” an entity that is the relationship itself between partners.  Rooted in the arts, personal and group explorations, music and outdoor excursions, couples will be encouraged to deepen their caring and empathy for that which we grow together. 

Story Ranch, the home of John and Cindy McLeod, and 13 miles from Las Vegas, NM along the Tecolote River will be the retreat site.  Participants will stay and eat meals on site. Based at the McLeod farm/wilderness homesite, couples will be offered a variety of housing ranging from 80-year-old cabins, a treehouse, vintage trailer, casitas, camping sites, and kindly neighbors’ guest facilities.  

Please note, later May at 7,000 feet can be extraordinarily beautiful, but also can still have cold nights, variable weather, and winds.