2023 Montana Men's Gathering

2023 Montana Men’s Gathering at Blacktail Ranch


Join us for a time of personal exploration and community creation as the Montana!

Fall Gathering: Sept. 28th - Oct. 1st., 2023


About our Gatherings:

As we return from a time of disconnection and we want to reconnect with people and allow ourselves a broader range of experiences, it is important to evaluate ourselves and the ways we connect with others. This is not only a time to connect with family and friends, but also can be a time to reconnect with ourselves, with the land, and with what is sacred to us. This is an opportunity to form new connections and new relationships with ourselves and others as we seek a greater understanding of this mystery called life and our role in this life.

At our men’s 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 souls 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.

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 step back from and chill 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 and be present 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 E-mail or 406-465-0898.


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

page1image885216their educational, spiritual and emotional growth for the benefit of community and society. We have been sponsoring male gatherings for almost 30 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 into manhood in our society. Far from being a time for escape or resignation, this is a time for re-imagining masculine culture and life affirming practices.

Location and Arrival

The gathering runs from Sept. 28th - Oct. 1st (Thursday - Sunday). we begin promptly at 2:00 pm on Thursday, so be sure to arrive with sufficient time before 2:00 pm to get settled!

The Blacktail Ranch is located at 4440 S. Fork Trail, Wolf Creek, MT.  




Cost (including Gathering expenses, meals & lodging) is $525.

A $200 deposit is needed to reserve your place at the retreat.

Mail-In Form

To register, return the registration form with a deposit check for $200 (or the full amount of $525) made out to Montana Men’s Foundation to Jim Welton, 1201 Cardinal Drive, Belgrade, MT 59714.

Registration Form


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2023 MMF Retreat Registration




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 fee you have paid.

The registration cost includes main lodge accommodation with shared rooms. If you wish to reserve a cabin, contact Bill Bucher (406-465-0898 or E-mail) and he will put you in touch with the ranch management.

If you are in need of financial assistance to attend, limited partial scholarships may be available. Please contact board member Bill Bucher.








About MMF

What is the Montana Men's Foundation?

Simply put, the Montana Men's Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in 1995 dedicated to sponsoring and supporting activities that promote men's spiritual and emotional growth for the benefit of family, community, and society.

Support MMF

The Montana Men's Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in 1995 to sponsor and support men's activities that promote their spiritual and emotional growth for the benefit of family, community, and society. Our cornerstone activity is our annual Fall Gathering, held each year in late September or early October. Based on ancient traditions, it is a place where men from all over Montana and around the US and Canada gather to create a wholesome & supportive community.

What We Do

The Montana Men's Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in 1995 that is dedicated to activities that promote the spiritual and emotional growth of men. We do so for the benefit of family, community, and society. Our primary means of attaining this goal is an annual gathering in a remote, sacred, and natural setting. Our gatherings are open to all men with an interest in personal growth through creative expression, connection with nature, and building community with other men.

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