Men's Retreat

"Bonding as Brothers/Samhain Retreat"


A retreat for adult men to examine where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. The roles of men have changed drastically over the past century and continue to rapidly evolve in the 21st century. How can we embrace our past and empower our goals while living in a society that often requires us to perform in ways that don't suit us?

This four-day event will be divided into four distinct segments: Samhain celebration, “Day of the Dead” observance, Bonding and Rite of Passage Ritual, and Defining our Manhood. The retreat will be an integration of Spirit, mind and body. While spiritual in nature, no religious dogma or teachings will be involved. The event is open to all genders of men, 21 and older, and from any (or no) spiritual background.


Dr. Terry Drew Karanen, MSW, DD
Dr. Bobby Cook, PhD
Rich Homan


Registration for the event is confirmed only after accommodations are confirmed. Only 20 spaces are available, so please register as soon as possible. To register, contact Rich or Bobby at Copper Cactus Ranch and Men’s Retreat.


What is “Samhain?”

Pronounced commonly as “SAW-when,” it is the eve of October 31/November 1. It marks the end and beginning of the pagan year. It is a time to reflect on the past year, leave behind that which no longer serves us, and embrace the new year before us. It is also believed that the veil between the physical and spirit worlds is thinnest on this night.

What is the “Day of the Dead?”

The Day of the Dead, “Dia de Muertos,” is a Mexican celebration lasting from October 31 through November 2, honoring the souls of the departed. It is not the Mexican version of Halloween. It includes the same time period as the pagan Samhain celebrations, as well as the Catholic holy days of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2).

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age, as this is a requirement for being on the property.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Private: Car rentals at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are plentiful, and the drive is about an hour southeast of the airport. The last 15-20 minutes, depending on conditions, is on a rough, unpaved road. Low-profile vehicles are not recommended. There is plenty of room for parking.

Group: Copper Canyon Ranch can arrange transportation at a rate of $75 one-way/$125 round-trip on a first-come, first-served basis. Shared rides may be available once attendees are confirmed and airline schedules for arrival and departures are received.

What do I bring into the event?

An open attitude and willingness to learn from your brothers, which also means your brothers will learn from you. Copper Canyon Ranch is clothing optional, but early mornings and evenings can be cool in the fall. Layers are recommended, but this is not a fashion show. Other items you might bring are described in the schedule. (See link below to download a PDF file of the tentative schedule.)

Are there any fees for the event program?

No. There will be a means to express appreciation in a financial way for the event which will be reviewed during the retreat. Attendees will be able to donate funds to Dr. Terry’s expenses and/or the Well Project for the Ranch by cash, check, PayPal, or credit cards, but any donations are on a voluntary basis.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Event questions should be addressed to Dr. Terry. He can be reached at:

All other questions regarding accommodations, meals, transportation, or anything else pertaining to the venue should be addressed to Copper Cactus Ranch. Contact them via their website at:

What's the refund policy?

There is no charge for the retreat events themselves, so no refund policy is necessary. For refund policies having to do with accommodations at the Ranch, please see their website. (



Bonding as Brothers Samhaim Retreat 2019 (schedule) v.190419 (pdf)