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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If you need to download Adobe’s Free Acrobat Reader (very useful for lots of things including completing Acrobat forms) please click on the logo below which will take you to Adobe’s site and assist with getting it installed:

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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
Location:
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:

uweschroeter@comcast.net

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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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

 

New Mexico Men’s Wellness
Couples Retreat 2020

May 22-24

Friday, May 22, Arrival and Set-up: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 24, 3:00 pm: Conclusion
As of February 15, the Couple’s Retreat is full. The wait-list is open 
(Click HERE to add your names to the Wait-list if there are cancellations)
(Please review information about the Story Ranch site
BEFORE making your Reservation)
Limit to 12 couples

Co-facilitated by 
Cindy and John McLeod, Michael Grodsky and Mara Lonner

For questions, please contact
John McLeod (storyranchprograms@gmail.com) or
Michael Grodsky (michael@artist911.com)

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 with outhouses, including two 80-year-old cabins, a treehouse, vintage trailer, casitas, and camping sites. There is also a bedroom in the indoor main house and one bedroom in a neighbors’ guest facilities with bathrooms. There are spaces for RVs. Registration responses will guide the accommodation designations.

Please note, later May at 7,000 feet can be extraordinarily beautiful, but can still have cold nights, variable weather, and winds. Attendees should feel comfortable in outdoor settings, flexible to weather-based agenda changes, appreciative of rustic/rural settings, familiar with NMMW culture and curious to explore our relational third bodies.  

A printable flyer that can be shared with someone you think would benefit from this retreat is available for download here.  

Cost $250 per couple includes materials, sleeping accommodations, two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner.

NMMW scholarships are available for those in need. Please email Michael (michael@artist911.com) to request a scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Click on the small images above to see photos in full size)

 
About our Story Ranch Retreat Location and Facilities

Please read this section BEFORE making your reservation.

List of “Givens”:
  • Meals: Friday evening dinner is a pot luck.  The retreat provides Saturday breakfast-lunch-dinner and Sunday breakfast & lunch.
  • Warm/Hot outdoor showers, limited access to indoor showers.  (Unfortunately our Third Bodies cannot be assured of daily hot showers.)
  • Cell phone reception: only Verizon works here.  There are two cellular phones that can be used if needed.  
  • Story Ranch is a farm and there are animals with feathers and fur, plus household dogs Bruno and Floki.  However, there are no cats on the land or in sleeping areas.  
  • To prevent overloading the septic tank, we ask thaty you use the outhouse whenever possible. 

Accommodations:  We have prepared some information explaining the different types of sleeping residence arrangements are available.  Please read this information BEFORE making your Reservation (as we will ask you some questions when you do that).  Clicking on this link will connect to “The Story of Story Ranch” which provides some more information about the retreat location.  (Please note that these presentations are quite large so they might take a while to finish downloading.  Be patient!)  

How to Register

In order to be fair about signing up for limited available slots, we are initiating a two-stage registration process.  On February 14 (Valentine’s Day) at Noon we will open the Reservation sign-up.  The link for this page will appear here (and at the top of this page).  Click on the link and fill out all the required information and make your reservation.  You do not need to pay anything at this point.  Please review the previous section on the location and facilities before attempting to complete your reservation.  The first 12 couples to Reserve a spot will be sent a link to our payment page where they can pay for the retreat either with a credit card or by mailing a check.   Reservations exceeding our 12-couple limit will be put on a waiting list and contacted if there are cancellations.  

As we get closer to the retreat, we will send more thematic and logistical information out to those participating in the retreat.  

We hope to see you there.  

John, Cindy, Michael and Mara