Soldier’s Heart Spring Retreats

 

Soldier’s Heart Spring Retreats
Tending the Invisible Wounds of War

The Samaritan Counseling Center is sharing this information for those interesting in attending.

You can see this in their website (see below).

During threat, warriors encircle and protect the rest of us. When they return, it is society’s responsibility to encircle and protect them.

Soldier’s Heart healing retreats restore this reciprocal relationship. We practice contemporary versions of ancient rituals for purifying warriors after battle and reintegrating them into the community. One of the most important rituals is storytelling.

Our retreats usually run from Thursday evening til Sunday afternoon. Experienced facilitators establish ground rules for participation, which include respecting others’ confidences. Simple rituals and activities allow people gradually to open to each other. Music, poetry, movement, and visual art help people express strong feelings and communicate important truths. Veterans and troops are invited to speak about their service. Many have experienced trauma and feel anguished over things that were done to them or that they had to do in order to survive. They often recount incidents in which their young selves were presented with wrenching moral dilemmas from which there could be no satisfactory escape.

Hundreds of current and former service members have participated in our retreats, unburdening themselves of fearful secrets, and learning that civilians are willing to hold their grief and accept shared responsibility for their actions. Many have been able to find relief from isolation, insomnia, and even substance abuse.

Civilians feel enormously privileged to be entrusted with the service members’ stories of suffering and strength. All participants feel relief and gratitude that the gap between warrior and civilian has been bridged, and that deep connections are formed between people of widely different experiences.

The retreats are intensive healing, spiritual, psychological, and emotional experiences for adults only. Participants gain a deep understanding of PTSD as a soul wound. For more information, contact adriene@soldiersheart.net or call 518.274.0501.

Soldier’s Heart has the following retreats scheduled for Spring.

March 12-15, Soldier’s Heart Level I Training Retreat
Franciscan Spirit and Life Center, 3605 McRoberts Road, Pittsburgh, PA
Led by Kate Dahlstedt, MA, LMHC, and Roger Brooke, PhD. A Level I Training is intended for people who work with vets in a counseling or mentoring capacity. Participants will learn more about the historical, cultural, and psychological significance of the warrior archetype; consider the importance of ritual in making sense of life-changing experiences; and study the critical elements of creating a safe environment for the sharing of profound emotions.
Cost: $795, includes tuition, room and meals.
Registration: To register, contact adriene@soldiersheart.net or call 518.274.0501

March 19-22, Soldier’s Heart Healing Retreat
Vanderkamp Retreat Center, 337 Martin Rd, Cleveland (near Syracuse), NY
Led by Ed Tick, PhD, and Rev. Chris Antal. For all who wish to heal the impact of war on themselves, their families, and our nation.
Cost: $795, includes tuition, room and meals. (Low income veteran scholarships available. We do not cover transportation.)
Registration: To register, apply for a veteran scholarship, or donate so that a veteran may attend, contact adriene@soldiersheart.net or call 518.274.0501.

April 16-19, Soldier’s Heart Healing Retreat
Beersheba Assembly, 55 Hege Avenue, Beersheba Springs, TN
Led by Kate Dahlstedt, MA, LMHC, and Don McCasland, LMSW-CCTP. For all who wish to heal the impact of war on themselves, their families, and our nation.
Cost: $795, includes tuition, room and meals. (Low income veteran scholarships available. We do not cover transportation.)
Registration: To register, apply for a veteran scholarship, or donate so that a veteran may attend, contact adriene@soldiersheart.net or call 518.274.0501.

May 22-25, 2015, Restoring the Soul After War: A Memorial Day Retreat
Rowe Retreat Center, 22 Kings Hwy, Rowe, MA 01367
Led by Edward Tick,PhD & Kate Dahlstedt, MA, LMHC. This retreat honors the original spirit and meaning of Memorial Day, and is for all who wish to heal the impact of war on themselves, their families, and our nation.
For pricing information and to register for the retreat, contact Rowe at (413) 339-4954 or visit the Rowe website.

 

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