Retreats

Retreats – When and Where

The next retreat is the NOMC 2018 Spring Retreat, April 6-8, 2018, at King’s Arrow Ranch. Look for a flyer in your e-mail about two months beforehand.

Our retreats are held twice per year, in the spring and fall, at King’s Arrow Ranch in Hillsdale, MS.

The next retreats are scheduled:

NOMC 2018 Spring Retreat: April 6-8, 2018

NOMC 2018 Fall Retreat: October 19-21, 2018

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The NOMC 2017 Fall Retreat is now history.  Nineteen men attended, including three new men.

The weather was good enough, except some rain, especially Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon activities once again included a menu of options, including I-group work, breath work, and tai chi instruction.

The theme was “Magician Energy”.   Click here to see the flyer that went out in advance, and for the group photo click here. (Thanks to David Davis).

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The NOMC 2017 Spring Retreat is now history.  Twenty men attended, including one new man, and George Montero and his son joined us briefly after lunch on Sunday.

The weather was perfect (again!) – low 50’s to mid-70’s and no rain.  Once again, the fire felt good in the morning and evening, and shorts felt good in mid-afternoon.

The usual shadow dance activity for Saturday night wound up being supplanted by a lively discussion of men’s fear of the dark and what may lie hidden there.

The theme was “The Unwanted Child”.   Click here to see the flyer that went out in advance, and for the group photo click here. (Dan apologizes for the smudge on part of his smartphone’s lens.  Thanks to Richard Vallon for photoshopping the two photos together).

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The NOMC 2016 Spring Retreat is now history.  Fourteen men attended, including one new man.  We had expected a few more, but illness or exigencies came up.

The weather was perfect – low 50’s to mid-70’s and no rain.  The fire felt good in the morning and evening, and shorts felt good in mid-afternoon.

Our usual work in the large and small circles was fruitful, and Saturday afternoon and evening activities included I-group work, breath work, and tai chi as options along with an arts and crafts activity.  Saturday evening around the fire included two rounds of an imaginative story, with each man contributing a piece:  something about building a submarine in the desert with silk from the Andalusian blue-faced spitting spider!

The theme was “The Garden in the Castle”.   Click here to see the flyer that went out in advance, and for the group photo click here.

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The NOMC 2015 Fall Retreat is now history. Twenty-four men attended, including one new man, along with one who only attended once before, and a few who had not attended in many years. Although Hurricane Patricia threatened bad weather from the moisture it sent toward us, we had good weather until Sunday morning, and that was only a drizzle, and we finished up before noon around the fire pit without getting wet. The worst rain hit later Sunday afternoon as we were driving home. The two poster boards with pictures of previous attendees marked the 25th anniversary, as well as the memorial ceremony/reminiscence on Saturday night which allowed us to truly honor thirteen members who had passed from this life. The theme of The Deeper Story had meaning for many men. The mythical story was a version of the 12th century Cretien de Troyes’ Perceval, with the wounded Fisher King and the Grail Question that the novice knight failed to answer when first given the opportunity, and with the two women who made him realize the wrongs inflicted in his earlier callow youth.

To see the flyer for the Fall 2015 Retreat (click here)

and for the group photo click here.

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The Spring 2015 NOMC Retreat is history. Thirteen men attended. The weather had threatened, but we held the opening ceremony outside on Friday, and had great weather for Saturday afternoon activities. The only time the weather really limited us was that the closing ceremony of putting out the fire was done for us to a great extent, and we held our closing ceremonies inside. After lunch on Sunday, our elder George Montero and his son Chris joined us for a moving ceremony of passing his ‘power stone’ medicine bag to his son. For a photo of that scene (click here)
To see the flyer for the Spring 2015 Retreat (click here)
and for a page of pictures inspired by the theme of Elder Energy, click here.
and for the group photo click here.

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The Fall 2014 NOMC Retreat is history. Twenty-three men attended. The weather was great (a little cold at night, but that made the fire that much more welcome) and some good soul work was done.

To see the flyer for the Fall 2014 Retreat (click here)
and for the group photo click here.

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The Spring 2014 NOMC Retreat is history. Twelve men attended. The weather was great and some good work was done.

To see the flyer for the Spring 2014 Retreat (click here)
and for the group photo click here.

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The Fall 2013 NOMC Retreat is history. Fifteen men attended, including one new man. It was a smaller than usual group that experienced a very powerful weekend. To top it off, our longtime elder George Montero came up to King’s Arrow Ranch on Sunday after lunch. George is no longer physically able to attend retreats but as a birthday gift he asked his son Chris to drive him. Everyone really enjoyed seeing him again and taking pictures and visiting with him and his son.

To see the flyer for the Fall 2013 Retreat (click here)
and for the group photo click here.

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The 2013 Spring Retreat is history. 22 men attended, including 2 father-son pairs. The weather was beautiful, and the theme was “Shifting Energy”.
To see the flyer for the Spring 2013 Retreat (click here)
and for the group photo click here.

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The 2012 Fall Retreat is history. 23 men attended, including 1 new man. The weather was beautiful, and the theme, Senex and Puer, really touched many men.
To see the flyer for the Fall 2012 Retreat (click here)
and for the group photo click here.

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The 2012 Spring Retreat is history. 18 men attended, including 3 new men. The weather was beautiful, even though it stormed Saturday afternoon and evening all around the area without hitting us.
To see the flyer for the Spring 2012 Retreat (click here)
and for the group photo click here.

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The 2011 Fall Retreat is history. 22 men attended. The theme was “Blessings”. To see the pre-retreat flyer click here and for the group photo click here.

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The NOMC 2011 Spring Retreat is history. We missed George Montero, our elder, whose eyesight no longer allows him to attend.
We also honored our recently passed brother, Ron Naas. To see the pre-retreat flyer click here, and for the group photo click here.

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The NOMC 2010 Fall Retreat is history. It was the 20th Anniversary Retreat.  27 men attended (2 left before the picture). The weather was perfect.
For a look at the pre-retreat flyer on the theme “Celebrate” click here, and for a photo of the group click here.

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The NOMC 2010 Spring Retreat is history.  31 men attended.
For a look at the pre-retreat flyer on the theme “Across the River Styx” click here, and for a photo of the group click here.

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The NOMC 2009 Fall Retreat is history.  29 men attended. Click here for a photo of the group.

The theme was Story: Where the Two Worlds Meet.  We explored the mythopoetic elements of our own lives, using two stories:

The Blind Boy and the Loon

The Skeleton Woman

Click here for a look at the pre-retreat flyer.

Our work included large group and small group sessions, plus personal time to be alone, and a sacred space around the campfire for enactments of soul work.

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The NOMC 2009 Spring Retreat is history. 27 men attended. Click here for a photo of the group.

Click here for a look at the pre-retreat flyer on the theme, “Heart’s Delight”.

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The NOMC 2008 Fall Retreat is now history. It was held at King Arrow Ranch from October 31 to November 2. 20 men attended, even though it was Halloween weekend. Click here for a Group Photo
The theme of this retreat was Betrayal/Forgiveness. Click here for a look back at the pre-retreat flyer.

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The NOMC 2008 SPRING RETREAT is now history. It was a great retreat, with 31 men attending and 31+ ‘shadows’. Click here for a Group Photo.
Many thanks to all who attended and to the facilitators: Ed, Mickey, Rick, and Ron.

Click here to see the pre-retreat flyer.

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The NOMC 2007 FALL RETREAT is history. It was a great retreat, with 30 men attending from 6 states. (Group Photo)
Many thanks to all who attended and to the facilitators: (Facilitator Photo)

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The NOMC Spring 2007 Retreat is now history, with 31 men attending,
including 5 new men. To see the flyer for the Spring 2007 Retreat (click here)
And for the group photo click here.
Many thanks to the facilitators and all the men who attended who made it such a great retreat.

The theme was ‘sacrifice’.
For a picture of a mythopoetic man who was also at the retreat, Click on this link

George Montero. our elder, had these comments on his newsletter
(http://community-2.webtv.net/NOMCnewsletter/NEWORLEANSMENSCENTER):
“The NOMC 2007 Spring Retreat was attended by 31 men. It was a beautiful weekend, weather was perfect, the story told by Tony was VERY interesting. Our Saturday night activity was fun with each Cabin Group putting on a skit. We had a Tribal Council (business meeting) after the retreat closed, this was attended by 14 men, much interest.”

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The NOMC 2006 Fall Retreat is now history, with 30 men attending, (Group Photo)
including 2 new men and a number of men who had not been with us since before Katrina.

The facilitators were Hawk, Francis, Mike G., and Rik B. (photo)
For a look at the preview click here.

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The NOMC Spring 2006 Spring Retreat is now history. The retreat was attended by 26 men. (Group Photo)
We shared our losses, we shared our pain, we shared our love for our beloved city, New Orleans….that was! It was facilitated by Jim O’Neill, Francis Coolidge, and Steve Lindsley.
(Photo)

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NOMC’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY FALL RETREAT. OCTOBER 21-23, 2005
was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina. Instead, we had:

NOMC 2005 FALL WORKING RETREAT (“CHAOS”)
DECEMBER 2-4, 2005 KING’S ARROW RANCH.

IN CELEBRATION OF NOMC’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY.

20 Men gathered at our badly damaged, sacred space, corral compound to spend the weekend repairing the cabins and putting the fence back in an upright position. The men worked cutting trees, repairing roofs, fixing gates and doing a general cleaning of the grounds. We opened the retreat Friday evening with our circle of men around the fire in the middle of the NOMC compound. We then had time after dark to meet in a circle and share Hurricane Experiences. The daylight hours on Saturday were spent working, what a beautiful sight watching the men work in harmony and acomplishing the mission. Saturday evening we had a brief circle for sharing and storytelling, however, most energy was spent working, HARD, and we retired about 9:30 p.m. Sunday morning back to work! We then brought our weekend to a circle closing ritual after lunch.
Out of Chaos came a new beginning!!!!!!

Here is the group (photo) of men who gave their time and effort, they came from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, TX, Madison, WI., Jackson & Starksville, MS. Nashville, TN, Navarre, FL. Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Bush, Slidell, Covington, Hammond, LA and almost everywhere, even a couple from New Orleans……Winfred, Harold & many Grandfathers from the hereafter also blessed us with their energy and spirit.

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2005 Spring Retreat is now history, attended by 29 men, including 4 new men. We had beautiful weather and lots of small group work.

2005 Spring Retreat Group Photo

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Previous Retreat Group Photos:

2004 Fall Retreat Group Photo

2004 Spring Retreat Group Photo

2003 Fall Retreat Group Photo

2003 Spring Retreat Group Photo Not Available

2002 Fall Retreat Group Photo

2002 Spring Retreat Group Photo

2001 Fall Retreat Group Photo

2001 Spring Retreat Group Photo

2000 Fall Retreat Group Photo

1999 Fall Retreat Group Photo

1999 Spring Retreat Group Photo