NMMW Spring Retreat, April 7-9, 2017


“Learn about a pine tree from a pine tree.”

Registration is FULL! See below for waitlist information.



April 7 through April 9 at Hummingbird Music Camp, Jemez Springs

Fire Ceremony photo by Joseph Woods

No, “Awake in the Wild” does not refer to double cappuccinos served at breakfast. It is the title of a book by Mark Coleman, which we highly recommend to you*. The spectacular Jemez Springs forest affords a magnificent venue for this “Practice of the Wild”~.

At Guadalupe Box – Photo by Uwe Schroeter

Much can be learned from Wilderness when we remain open and inquisitive. Much of our sense of alienation today can be traced to our “disconnect” from the natural world and its wisdom. We may find that the majesty of Battleship Rock at Jemez is equally as wondrous as the trail of a garden snail or the antics of a grasshopper – if we look deeply.

During this weekend we will explore our inter-connection with nature, and reawaken our sense of wonder. Our practices will provide an opportunity to regain perspective in these challenging times.

“Four billion years ago the earth was a flaming ball, now it can sing opera.”
– Brian Swimme

We will start each morning with Chi Gong and meditation as a means of clearing our minds and opening our hearts. Then we will engage in practices, which foster deep awareness and connection with the woodlands, mountains and rivers surrounding Hummingbird, both individually and in small groups.

Saturday night’s campfire ceremony will be facilitated by master fire-starter, Joseph Woods. After this there will be Wild drumming and dancing around the fire. There will be hikes to hot springs with free time to play music, play games, make art and relax.

Photo: Uwe Schroeter

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

– Wm. Shakespeare, As You Like It

Registration and room assignments will be between 4 and 5:30 pm Friday evening with our potluck dinner at 6. We are at the North Campus. Feel free to come to Hummingbird anytime on Friday and enjoy the land. Accommodations are double rooms (you can visit the new website to view the rooms at hummingbirdcamp.com – North Campus).

In an effort to encourage all to attend, there are scholarships available for those in need. Call Doug at (505) 470-4026 with this or any other questions.

The cost of Hummingbird meals for the weekend is $39. There is a $10 bedding charge, unless you bring your own linens or sleeping bag and pillowcase. You may also bring a tent or sleep in your camper for $10 per day (expect freezing temperatures in April at this elevation). Also, bring your own towel. Further detailed information will be sent one week prior to the retreat.

Uwe Schroeter Photo

Friday night we will have our traditional pot-luck meal starting at 6. Please bring HEALTHY food to share. Bring either a main dish, vegetable dish, or desert. All other meals will be served by Hummingbird. You may choose vegetarian and/or gluten-free food options.

Please either opt-in or out of ALL Hummingbird meals. If opting-out, bring your own food, pots and pans. We will provide flatware and a fridge is available.

Emergency numbers for Hummingbird, (575) 829-3060 or (575) 829-4227 (don’t count on cell phone coverage in the Jemez).

* Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman, New World Library
~ The Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder known as the “Poet Laureate of Deep Ecology”, Counterpoint Press

Uwe Schroeter Photo

Registration Information

As of March 29 we have reached our registration limit of 30 men.  We are maintaining a wait list in case there are any late cancellations.  If you would like to be put on the wait list, please call Doug Booth at (505) 470-4026.  Be sure to leave your name and phone number where you can be reached.

Please consider inviting a young man or men to this gathering. There will be a special small group for younger men, like last year.

We also have a printable three-page flyer that includes a registration form that you may download, print and share (or forward) 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.

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