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:

Click to Download Adobe Acrobat Reader



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: 

Click to Download Adobe Acrobat Reader




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


The Neanderthal and the AI

What is a community of men for? What do different generations of men have to learn from each other? What are the rituals of the future?



The 2019 Fall Conference is an annual event that reconnects men to their core desires and their life’s purpose. This year, we will use a generational lens to understand how life’s most enduring challenges – work, home, politics, play, and spirit – have changed through generations of men and what we can learn when we communicate across generational barriers.

Ghost Ranch
October 24-27, 2019

Visit the EventBrite Page to Register and for More Information