2020 Montana Men’s Gathering at Blacktail Ranch

REGISTER NOW: 2020 Montana Men’s Gathering at Blacktail Ranch

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20

Join us for a time of personal exploration and community creation as the Montana Men’s Foundation returns to the Blacktail Ranch for our annual Fall Gathering in late September. 

Register here

About our Gatherings:

At our Gatherings, men are invited to remove the masks of daily life, drop the shackles of cultural and family expectations, and explore the depth of their soul through focused activities, powerful rituals and time on the land.  

We offer these events as a gift to ourselves and each other, a time and place to find restoration, insight, and renewed energy. All you need to do is bring yourself and whatever it is you’re carrying. We welcome the ordinary, enthusiastic, dramatic, bored, bedraggled, and rambunctious.

The 2020 Gathering at Blacktail Ranch will begin promptly at 2 pm on Thursday September 17th and conclude after lunch on Sunday September 20th.  We are cared for with nourishing meals and comfortable bunkhouse accommodations provided by the Blacktail Ranch staff. Sleeping arrangements will be in the main bunkhouse or small cabins (for an additional fee).  As this is autumn in Montana and some of our activities will take place outdoors, be prepared for any type of weather including possible snow.

Our time together will be shaped around what we each bring to the gathering, the challenges we are facing and the ideas and creative impulses that are inspiring us. Long-standing members of the Montana Men’s Foundation community will guide our time together and will offer a structure to our days and number of group activities including: rhythm, movement, ceremony, soulful discussions, self-awareness exercises, time on the land, and more. And if you need to chill out for a time, take a solo hike, or just not do anything for a while, we’ll respect that too.

Our goal is to relax into our authentic selves without any pretense. This gathering will be a place to lighten the load, retreat into nature to get some perspective, and spend time with some truly amazing men.

For more information contact MMF board member Bill Bucher at bbucher301@gmail.com or 406-442-7591.

The Setting: Blacktail Ranch

Blacktail Ranch, north of Helena, has been home to many of our previous gatherings.  It is a working ranch that provides a natural and historic setting in an ancient and powerful landscape on the southern end of the Rocky Mountain Front.  Our organization literally has our energy in this land where we built a Hogan as a place to gather for our work and infused our energy into it and the landscape. We will spiritually connect with our ancient brethren within a cave used for 10,000 years and by gathering daily at a medicine wheel that predates western history. Many past attendees attest to the incredible beauty and sacred energy that embodies this special natural space.

The Montana Men’s Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded to sponsor and support men’s activities that promote their educational, spiritual and emotional growth for the benefit of community and society. We have been sponsoring male gatherings for over 20 years to provide a space to renew, re-energize and express what it means to be a man within the ever-accelerating pace and stress of modern life.  We encourage younger men to join our circle as they begin their journey of manhood into society. Far from being a time for resignation in this confusing era, now is a time for re-imagining culture and life affirming practices. 

Logistics:

The Montana Men’s Foundation Board recognizes that this gathering cannot take place under current shelter-in-place requirements and limitations on group meeting size. Still, we would like to hold the gathering if it is possible to do so safely in the late-September time frame. This may include whatever precautions are appropriate at that time to minimize potential virus spread. However, we hope to host the event because of the great need we are feeling for reconnection in this altered world.

Cost (including Gathering expenses, meals & lodging) is $475. Register here by paying full price or a $100 deposit. 

September 17-20 (Thursday-Sunday) - We begin promptly at 2:00, please arrive with sufficient time to check-in prior to 2:00 pm on Thursday. 

Blacktail Ranch, 4440 S Fork Trail, Wolf Creek, MT (Approx. 1 hour north of Helena)

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation letter with additional information about what to bring. If the event is cancelled, you will receive a refund of the deposit and any additional registration you have payed.

If you have questions prior to registration, please contact MMF board member Bill Bucher at bbucher301@gmail.com or 406-442-7591.