Summer Gathering August 5-7, 2011




AUGUST 5th, 6th and 7th

If you realize that all things change
There is nothing you will try to hold on to
If you aren€™t afraid of dying,

There is nothing you can€™t achieve

– Lao-Tsu

More detailed information and registration materials are available now.  Click here to go to that page now.

The message in Western societies is: “Survival of the fittest”, or “Thos who can adapt, survive; those who cannot, perish”.

Change is a constant.  However, change is speeding up, and many of us are unsure as to how to respond.  Uncertainty engenders anxiety: how do we adapt to change in the modern world?

Do our chosen means of adaptation – our €œinner gyroscopes€ – truly prepare us for these changes?  Do they render our lives more or less meaningful?  How do we live with uncertainty? What are our tools? Are they working?

Can we make peace with uncertainty?

The subject of this year€™s NMMW Summer Gathering, €œAdapting to Change in a Brave New World€ is intended to help us identify the changes that most affect our lives, how we are dealing with these changes, and whether our coping methods are effective.  What do we find to be trustworthy, reliable and significant in an age of uncertainty?

The subject of this years NMMW Summer Gathering is intended to coax and tease out not only what we are willing to change and by what means; it is also hoping to create movement toward identifying what we understand in our lives to be trustworthy, reliable, of ultimate significance and reality.

Because we are all designed to be a little different – thank our lucky stars – each of us perceives certain elements in our lives to be major constants that can be relied upon through thick and thin.  There are those of us who feel that some outside miracle will be wrought, from whatever transcendent source, and things, if not restored to the normality of a golden age, will at least be comforted by the reassurance that affairs will be set straight upon another equally promising track, offering a newly defined meaning and some as yet unimagined destiny.  Some place their faith in a religious organization, while others are putting their money down upon the ability of political institutions to self-stabilize.  Some of the flower children, still €œmaintaining€ from previous crises, will opt for the admonishment: €œBlow up the T. V., move to the country, build you a home; try and find Jesus on your own€ €“ maybe even raise some peaches – as the song so generously offers.  There are the great hopes of some new society.

All of this is the world of those who look outward for an answer, and it may be that they will be our future thinkers and leaders.  There are those, however, who seem to have discovered forms of adaptive mechanisms, or who have recognized resources within which seem to manifest strengths and possibilities seemingly relatively independent of the comings and goings of the outside world; we might call them €œinner gyroscopes€, for want of a more descriptive term.  These introverted weirdos are, likewise, welcome.

The intent of the activities of the workshop is not to classify or persuade, but merely to facilitate various forms of self-exploration and self-identification, which would seem useful to the individual in understanding his place in the present world.

We will explore these questions through small-group discussion, meditation, exercises designed to elicit €œright-brain€ answers, Bocce Ball, hikes, and wild torchlight sorties into the forest in the night (please bring a white horse for yourself and a more pedestrian brother). Humor will be paramount.

This year€™s Summer Retreat location is back at Jack€™s Creek €“ a beautiful, private forest location high in the Pecos wilderness. We have reserved two campgrounds with parking and toilet facilities and running water.  (Sauna and massage are extra.)

Ultimate recognition of one€™s karma and destiny through beatific vision promise to make this NMMW summer gathering the event of the Northern New Mexico summer season campouts rounds, an ultimate blow-out in Southwest masculine introspective social circles, and a most noted pre-end-of-time quest €œmust€ for the serious psychospiritual archaeoastronomer.

Those with any ideas or protestations for the gathering please contact:

Jim Mischke, or

Doug Booth

Reserve the dates €“ more irrelevance and uncertainty to follow!

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