2024 Montana Men’s Gathering at Blacktail Ranch

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Celebrating our Lives as Men In the Face of Conflict

Fall Gathering: October 3rd – 6th 2024

Full Details and Price to be Announced by June 1, 2024

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…

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

Registration:

We will have current registration information coming soon!

Mail-In Form

To register, return the registration form made out to Montana Men’s Foundation to Jim Welton, 1201 Cardinal Drive, Belgrade, MT 59714.

Register Online

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.

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