Encouragement for the Long Haul

Virtual Men’s Retreat – 2 Evenings March 17 & 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. 

A Swig of Water and a Wedge of Orange

In a marathon, the halfway mark is no time for grand assessments and atta-boys, but it is a good place to pause, taste a bit of fruit, swish some water and take stock of where we are, how we are, and maybe, to make some adjustments for the rest of the course.

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown fatigue, vaccine availability and the uncertainty of what lies ahead tells us we have come a long way indeed, but there is still a long way to go. Time to take a beat. Our pandemic experience is a shared struggle, but day-by-day, we are largely on our own as we learn, change and find new growing edges. Eremos’ first Men’s Retreat is an opportunity to bring into community some of the experience that has reshaped our lives and the lives of those we love.

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During the retreat, we will reflect and share our own personal experiences, centering on written reflections, then expanded by leaders’ personal journeys, then opened up to broader discussion. The overnight break is to give us some time to sleep on it – potentially bringing depth and new focus to the discussions of night two.

Through the process we expect to share, support one another, and build community.

The Men’s Gathering is a monthly Eremos event on Zoom, where we seek to build a community of trust and openness in acknowledgment of the spiritual unity that binds us all. You need not attend the monthly meetings to take part in the retreat. In fact, it might be an opportunity to find a new kind of connection in this time of socially distanced fragmentation.

Hope to see you there!

As we come together to share our reflections on our journey, the overnight break will give us some time to sleep on our initial thoughts – potentially bringing depth and new focus to the discussions of night two.   


2 Evenings March 17th & 18th


7:00 – 8:30pm each evening




Virtual via Zoom, (Details emailed prior to event)


Doug Fritzsche, MDiv. and John Fassnacht
About our Facilitator

Doug Fritzsche, MDiv.

Doug Fritzsche is a Spiritual Director and retired Presbyterian Pastor living in Austin, Texas. I have a MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a whole previous career as a business owner and as a photojournalist. Before moving to Austin, I spent the largest part of my life before coming here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
About our Facilitator

John Fassnacht

John is a husband, father, grandfather, and a fellow spiritual traveler.His professional career was spent in healthcare leadership roles, focused on helping leaders realize that “ work is love made visible”. John is passionate about growing and contributing to a community constantly in search of the spirit alive in our daily lives.