Between 2011 and 2012, The Women's Wilderness Institute (TWWI) has offered six 6-day retreats for women who need support in re-integrating to civilian life after their military service. These retreats are funded by the Women Veterans Health Improvement Act of 2009, and are provided entirely free of charge to participants, including airfare. 144 women will be served over the two year period. The Women Veterans Retreats offer an intensive immersion experience of supportive and challenging activities, in a peaceful natural environment. The retreats allow women to connect with other women veterans and learn tools for dealing with post traumatic stress and other issues that commonly affect women veterans. In addition to outdoor activities and a high and low ropes course, the retreat provides a format for sharing experiences, and education about stress, resilience, and life skills.
To be eligible, women must have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan in OEF or OIF and must be currently in counseling at a Vet Center, or have been in counseling at a Vet Center for at least six sessions at the time of application. Go to http://www.womenswilderness.org/files/2012%20Application%20Wmn%20Vet%20Retreat%20pdf.pdf for an application. Applicants are asked to choose the location nearest their residence, if possible. Locations and dates for 2012 are:
Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, New Mexico- March 17-22 Ghost Ranch is a beautiful facility located deep in the vast open space of the New Mexico desert. It is located in Abiquiu, about 2.5 hours from Albuquerque, in what is known as “Georgia O’Keefe country”- the area where she created her legendary art. There are high mesas, sandstone slickrock, and unusual rock formations. http://www.ghostranch.org
100 Elk Outdoor Center, Colorado- August 18-23. Located near the town of Buena Vista, approximately two and a half hours from Denver, 100 Elk Outdoor Center is a peaceful, quiet location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. 14,000’ peaks rise behind the camp, and our cabin and meeting area looks out over a grass lawn and small lake. Tall ponderosa pines are scattered across the property, and for those who are up for it, there is a vigorous half-day hike to a high alpine lake. http://www.100elk.org
Camp Jewell YMCA, Connecticut, September 14-19. Camp Jewell is a private conference facility on the shores of Triangle Lake, in the pastoral forested hills of northwestern Connecticut, just a few miles from the Appalachian Trail. Outdoor activities include canoeing on the lake, hiking, and viewing the beautiful fall colors of New England. http://www.campjewell.org
For more information or have questions call (303) 938-9191; email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to http://www.womenswilderness.org/files/More%20Information%202012%20Wmn%20Vet%20Retreats%20pdf.pdf. [Source: http://www.womenswilderness.org/women-veterans-retreats Feb 2012 ++]