2015 Father-Daughter Gathering May 22-25, 2015



The Giving Tree

Exploring the “Give” and “Take” of our Relationships

The Annual Father/Daughter Gathering

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

May 22-25, 2015

Registration for the Annual Father/Daughter Gathering at Ghost Ranch has now closed. After the gathering has taken place, we plan to replace this page with a page about the Gathering’s events to share with the participants and the Men’s Wellness Community.

Note: You may click on photos to see higher resolution versions, then use your “back” button to return to this page.

 About the Father-Daughter Gathering:

The Annual Father/Daughter Gathering (sponsored by New Mexico Men’s Wellness) is designed to provide a protected and supportive retreat environment for Fathers and Daughters to explore their distinctive relationship away from the distractions of day-to-day family dynamics.

Giving TreeShel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” is the story of love between boy and a tree over the course of both of their lives.  Disguised as a simple children’s book, this story touches on some serious issues about giving, unconditional love, and reciprocation in a loving relationship.  With this story as a frame, we plan to explore the evolution of our Father – Daughter relationships over time, both one-on-one and within the supportive environment of other daughters and dads.

The Father/Daughter Gathering has been an annual event for more than five years, and has become one of the core activities of NM Men’s Wellness. The mission of the Gathering is to enable Fathers and Daughters to gather, honor, celebrate and grow in their special relationship.

The Gathering is scheduled over the Memorial Day weekend, running from late Friday afternoon May 22 through Monday morning, May 25; the three night framework allows time for structured events while keeping the weekend relaxed and relaxing.  The fee for the Gathering includes three nights lodging in simple yet comfortable accommodations, all meals from Friday evening through Monday morning, all activities related to the conference and access to all of the hiking trails, library, museums and other Ghost Ranch facilities.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those who need it.  We hope you will consider being a part of this special program.

©Amiel Gervers Photography


Registration is available now, and must be received no later than April 15th.  The cost for the Gathering is $280 and includes 3 nights lodging in simple and comfortable facilities, 8 meals, all gathering activities and a  T-shirt designed just for this year’s Gathering.

This year we have an all-online option for registration (linked here) where you can fill out a form to register and pay with a credit card or PayPal.  You may also register (as always) by filling out a registration form (click here to download) and sending it with a check in the mail.  Registration is first come, first served based on when your payment is received. Due to space limitations, we have allowed for 30 participants (15 Father-Daughter pairs) with a waiting list beyond that.

©Amiel Gervers PhotographyDaughters must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the gathering.  A very limited amount of partial scholarship funding is available for those who need it to attend; scholarship information and an application form are linked at the bottom of this page.

For More Information:

Jim Connolly: jrc347@gmail.com (505) 550-2433 or
Charles Fisher: cfisher50@gmail.com

For a daughter’s perspective, Contact:
Amanda Connolly: amanda.connolly@gmail.com or
Abi Fisher: abi.fisher@gmail.com

©Amiel Gervers Photography

Recommend the Gathering to Others:

Please help spread the word to friends and associates who you think might be interested in participating with their father or daughter.  Please do this immediately, as schedules usually require some coordinating.  We have a downloadable one-page flyer that is suitable for posting in any visible public space (your office, school, community bulleting board at the COOP, Whole Foods, your church lobby, etc.).  Click Father Daughter 2015 Flyer to download it.

The address of this web page is: http://www.nmmw.org/f-d-2015.  Send this “link” address to anyone who you think could be interested.



Some comments from participants in previous Father & Daughter Gatherings:

©Amiel Gervers Photography“It was fun, it was challenging, and it led to a break-through in our relationship that has brought us closer together.”

“Spending three days with my adult daughter was just a wonderful experience of getting to know her and appreciate her in an entirely new way.”

“It opened windows into a different way of seeing and being with each other and has changed the dynamic of our relationship completely!”
©Amiel Gervers Photography

“The father daughter gathering was a special opportunity to grow closer to my father, sharing our feelings and our hopes for moving forward, conscious of the relationship that we want to build with each other.”©Amiel Gervers Photography

“The support of other fathers and daughters helped my daughter and I to connect in a way that was (and still is) truly special.  I can’t recommend this weekend strongly enough.”

Scholarship Information:

While the fees for the Gathering are very reasonable (and cover costs with very little to spare), we understand that the cost can still be a significant financial burden.  We want as many fathers and daughters who want to participate to be able to do so.  Those who need a scholarship should contact Jim Connolly as soon as possible (contact information above) so lines of communication may be opened.  The application procedure will be found at the end of this section.

We also encourage those who can contribute to the scholarship fund to do so to support those who need it.  Since registration costs are kept to the bare minimum (largely controlled by the cost of our host facilities) and we do not have any endowments for scholarships, donations to the scholarship fund are required to enable us to make scholarships available.   NMMW is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational corporation, and all donations to the scholarship fund or other activities of the organization are deductible as charitable contributions to the fullest extent of the law.  Scholarship Donations to NMMW can be made on this web site on the following page: http://www.nmmw.org/about/donate/

©Amiel Gervers PhotographyIf you are applying for Scholarship assistance to attend the Gathering, please download the NMMW Scholarship Request and complete it on your computer (with Adobe Acrobat Reader — use the link below to install it if needed — so that it can be saved and attached to an Email).  This should be accompanied by a completed Father Daughter Gathering registration form (also and Adobe Acrobat Form) with the fee amounts left blank for each person applying for assistance.  Please note that because of fund limitations, only partial scholarship assistance will be available.  To expedite the application process, please send the completed forms directly to Jim Connolly via Email to jrc347@gmail.com (preferred) or by regular mail to: Jim Connolly, 2932 Brooksmoor Dr. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121.  Scholarship requests must be received by no later than April 1, 2015.

Photo credits: Tree Photo (top of page) by Roger Harmon.  All other Photos on this page by Amiel Gervers (©Amiel Gervers Photography). Line drawings from Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”.

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

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