(Updated March 16, 2020)

Dear good men,

Since CoVid 19 has finally been confirmed as being in NM, the Department of Health has advised against holding “big gatherings.”  Although the upcoming Bring a Buddy events in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe are not especially large, they do attract some elderly folks who may be at increased risk.

The NMMW Board has decided to cancel the Spring gathering at Hummingbird. Anyone who has registered will receive a full refund. If you want us to keep your scholarship donation, please let Robert Bern and Jim Connoly know, and your refund will be adjusted accordingly.

The ABQ Bring a Buddy committee has unanimously decided that we should cancel future Tuesday evening Bring A Buddy events, starting with the April 7th event. Everyone’s physical safety is of upmost importance and we feel that hosting meetings would not be wise at this time. They will be in touch via email when it is safe to resume our events. Please be careful and we look forward to seeing you and your buddies in the near future.

The Santa Fe April 21 Bring a Buddy event is also cancelled.

The late May couples gathering is still a go, as is the summer gathering, and we will monitor events to decide if that needs to change.

Victor puts out short weekly free podcasts, and the last few have been on coronavirus—with his public health medical hat on in terms of what to expect and how to protect oneself and one’s family. If you wish to sign up, you can do so at myheartsongs.org  Proper hand washing is king! Social distance, or better compassionate spaciousness (6 feet) when prudent, particularly if you are over 55 with a chronic heart or lung disease. This is a lung disease: if you have a runny nose or nasal congestion with other symptoms, you most likely do NOT have coronavirus infection.

The Health Department has a toll free number if you have questions or concerns about getting tested. 855-600-3453.

They also developed this questionnaire – designed to assist facilities with a large number of elderly – that may also be useful to help you “self assess” your current risk:

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
FACILITY VISITOR SCREENING QUESTIONAIRE

In response to concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), and in accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this facility is screening all visitors for certain risk factors before entrance is allowed. Facilities may restrict or limit visitation rights for reasonable clinical and safety reasons, specifically to prevent community associated infection or communicable disease transmission to the residents. See 42 CFR §483.10(f)(4).

Please answer the following questions and certify your answers by signing below:

QUESTIONS – Answer each question YES or NO

  1. Have you traveled internationally in the last 14 days to any currently designated by the CDC as a high-risk location for COVID-19*?
  2. Have you had signs of a respiratory infection in the last 14 days, such as a fever, cough and/or sore throat?
  3. Have you had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with, or screened for COVID-19?
  4. Have you traveled to another state with widespread community
    transmission of COVID-19 i
love and hugs and we will all get through this!
your NMMW Board:
Mark Ayers
Barry Cooney
Jon Driscoll
Roger Harmon
Marc Kolman
Victor La Cerva
Mark Pugsley
Dave Robertson

 

The deadline for submissions to the Spring, 2020 Man, Alive! Is Saturday, March 14.

The theme for this spring edition is “Awakening”.

Please consider submitting poetry, prose (1500 word maximum), photography and or illustrations.

Your contributions are much needed in order to keep Man, Alive! alive!

You can review specific submission requirements on the Man, Alive! web page.  Please don’t be overwhelmed by the guidelines; it is most important that you contribute what you have written.  

Please send your contributions directly to Hank Blackwell at:

hbfire88@gmail.com

We really need your participation, as well as that of others, so please spread the word.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Hank at the above email address.

 

Because of developing and ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. (including New Mexico) we have decided to cancel the 2020 Spring Retreat out of cautions and concerns for our Member’s health. All registrations paid will be refunded 100%. The registrar, Jim Connolly, will be contacting all those registered to arrange to do that. Please check your Email.


About the Retreat that won’t be happening this year. Hopefully next time.

Mindfulness: Mining the Majesty of our Minds

April 17, 18 and 19, 2020

at Hummingbird Music Camp,
104 Hummingbird Road, Jemez Springs NM 87025

Led by Robert Bern

We live in a world that excels at drawing us out of ourselves, providing us a convenient distraction from the voice that speaks softly inside. We are continually tempted to be better, to have more, to do more and have our minds, bodies and spirits in motion instead of resting in our own wisdom.  During this weekend we will explore what happens when we are quiet, simply sitting in the vast stillness of our selves, being with what we find with curiosity and without judgement.

Open and inclusive to all men regardless of age, ethnicity, race, marital
status, or sexual orientation.  Limited to a total of 36 men.

Please come join a small community of men in the calm splendor of northern New Mexico’s mountains to rest and bask in the beauty of mindfulness. The Friday through Sunday program will involve individual and small group experiential activities that will include silence, reflection, journaling and hanging out with each other in nature. Please bring a journal and question of the heart, whose answer might blossom in the stillness of our gathering.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. 
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”   

—  Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

The cost of Hummingbird meals for the weekend is $44.  There is a $10 bedding charge, unless you bring your own towels, sheets & pillowcase (or sleeping bag).  You may also bring a tent or sleep in your camper for $10 per night (expect freezing temperatures in April at this elevation). 

Registration and room assignments will be between 4 and 5:30 pm Friday evening with our potluck dinner at 6:00.  We are at the North Campus.  Feel free to come to Hummingbird anytime on Friday and enjoy the land. If you want to come early on Thursday for an extra night with NO MEALS PROVIDED, you MUST contact Robert Bern after you register. You will pay Hummingbird $35 directly for this extra night ($10 to camp). The conference ends after lunch on Sunday. 

Accommodations are double rooms.  You can visit the new website to view the rooms at http://hummingbirdmusiccamp.com/about-our-camp/hummingbird-campus/north-campus/.

 

Friday night we will have our traditional potluck meal starting at 6:00 PM. Please bring HEALTHY food to share, a main dish, vegetable dish, or dessert. All other meals will be served by Hummingbird—vegetarian and gluten-free options available. You may opt-out of ALL Hummingbird meals, & bring your own food, pots and pans.  Flatware will be provided and a refrigerator is available.

Directions to the Camp:  http://hummingbirdmusiccamp.com/maps-and-directions/     Emergency numbers for Hummingbird: (575) 829-3060 or (575) 829-4227 (don’t count on cell phone coverage in the Jemez).

REFUND POLICY: 90% if cancel before 2 weeks; Within 2 weeks refund at 90% only if we fill your spot from the waiting list.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for those in need.  Call Robert Bern at (505) 505-204-8731 or e-mail robertbern678@gmail.com to request a scholarship or if you have other questions.  If requesting a scholarship, do not register until you have contacted Bob.  

How to Register for the Retreat

Registration is closed and the retreat has been cancelled because of concerns about CORONAVIRUS in New Mexico.  You may register completely online and use a credit card to register by clicking here.  Complete the registration form and choose your options for registration.  When done you will be taken to a payment page where you will enter your credit card information.  To register and pay by mailing in a check please click here.  You will complete a registration form, print it out and mail it with your check to the address on the form. The receipt of your registration in the mail will be confirmed by Email.  

Please note: If you plan to request a scholarship to cover part of your registration, please contact Bob Bern (at 505-204-2731 or e-mail to robertbern678@gmail.com) before you register.  

Share the Spring Retreat with Others

We also have a printable three-page PDF flyer (click here to download it) that includes information about the retreat and a mail-in registration form that you may download, print and share with any friends you’d like to invite to the Retreat.  The Spring retreat can be a great and low-cost introduction to Men’s Wellness for men of all ages and backgrounds.



Additional Information About the Retreat

We have prepared this linked information to provide additional details about the Retreat and Hummingbird Camp (including what you should bring, general information and logistics, etc.) in hopes it will answer your questions reducing the need for Emails and phone calls.   If you DO need questions answered that are not addressed here, please call if you need to.  Contact information will be found in the main body of this page above.  

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In the hope of increasing the number of submissions to Man, Alive!, the following themes and related dates for 2020 are as follows:
 
Spring Edition – “Awakening” 
   submission deadline- March 14
   publication- March 21
 
Summer Edition – “Growth”
   submission deadline- June 14
   publication- June 21
 
Fall Edition – “Harvest”
   submission deadline-September 14
   publication- September 21
 
Winter Edition – “Quiet”
   submission deadline-December 14
   publication-December 21
 
Poetry, illustration, photography and prose (1500 word maximum) will be considered.
 
You may send your submissions directly to the editor, Hank Blackwell at:
 
You will find all of the most recent online publications as well as archives of of print issues and guidelines for submitting your own work at www.nmmw.org/man-alive/