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Wilderness of Forgiveness

  • Synergia Ranch 26 Synergia Road Santa Fe, NM, 87508 (map)

Wilderness of Forgiveness

Join Illuman New Mexico for this weekend retreat where we will take a deep inward dive, an expedition, into forgiveness. Together we will contemplate aspects of forgiveness and learn how it could be possible to forgive ourselves and others as we make progress toward becoming healed and whole human beings.

Wilderness of Forgiveness



Illuman New Mexico honors the many wisdom traditions of the world in our aspiration to become whole healthy men. It seems that all wisdom traditions place emphasis on the seismic benefit of forgiveness in our journey as human beings. We agree with Jack Kornfield as he states, "Forgiveness is not weak. It demands courage and integrity. Yet only forgiveness and love can bring about the peace we long for." So many of us can relate to this inner longing for a lasting peace. Therefore our weekend together incorporates active participation though a variety of sharing, individual and group contemplation and most importantly active participation to move toward forgiveness of ourselves and others.

This will be an experiential retreat – not a traditional lecture based event. Although a path and structure for this retreat has been developed, the men in attendance will determine the actual route through the weekend by what each contributes on a minute to minute basis. Each brother is invited to bring all of who they are – to show up with open heart, wisdom, curiosity, courage and, yes, grief, fear, skepticism, sadness, self doubt, even anger. It all belongs! All men (minimum age 21) are invited.



We need new ways of thinking and being to engage with others though our simple humanity and even our brokenness, our differences and our complexity---because these are what we do have in common.

A Spring Within Us - Richard Rohr

An excursion into the underworld is one hell of an adventure and your Wild Indigenous One knows and loves sacred adventures of all kinds...and from the West facet of the Self, metamorphoses can occur in new, startling and life-enhancing ways that are deeply good for the person and the planet.

Wild Mind - Bill Plotkin




Synergia Ranch

Located 30 minutes from the center of historic Santa Fe and 45 minutes from Albuquerque, Synergia Ranch, a retreat facility and organic farm, is set on 111 acres of high desert prairie, dotted with piñon and juniper trees.

Ranch Views

Dates and times: The retreat begins on Friday, April 26 with registration from 4:00 PM to 5:45; the first session begins at 6:00 PM. The final session concludes on Sunday at approximately 11:30 AM.


Meals provided: Friday dinner; three meals on Saturday; Sunday breakfast. Meals are all mixed menu of vegetarian and meat. Coffee, tea and water are provided throughout each day.


Accommodations: Synergia Ranch offers private and shared rooms as well as tent camping sites. Room assignments are made on a first come first served basis. The ranch can accommodate approximately 28 guests in rooms so early registration is advised.



Registration Fees include retreat materials, accommodations, five meals, coffee breaks and facility costs including tax:

  • Private and shared rooms: $225 per person

  • Campsite: $190 per person

Some funds are available for tuition assistance. Please contact Tim Callan if you have a strong desire to attend but do not have the resources to pay the entire registration fee.

Each person attending the Spring Retreat will be required to sign a release of liability form when registering at Synergy Ranch on April 26. If you would like to review the document in advance, please contact Tim Callan.





The registration deadline is Thursday, April 25, 2019. All payments must be made when you register online. If you register after this date we cannot guarantee accommodations will be available. Due to the number of rooms available we recommend that you register early.

HELP A BROTHER: After completion of your registration and payment you will be given the opportunity to make an online donation to support brothers who cannot afford to pay the full cost of the retreat. Everyone Belongs!

If you need to cancel, registration fees will be refunded less a $25 processing fee until April 12, 2019. If you cancel after April 12 your fees will be refunded less a $25 processing charges if we are able to fill your space with another participant. If we are unable to fill your space you will be charged a $50 processing fee. Notification of cancellations and refund requests must be submitted by e-mail only to Tim Callan.

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