Close this search box.

A Retreat to Remember: Women Veterans Find Healing and Connection at Patriot Point By Esmeralda Aharon

As the sun painted the sky with hues of gold and orange over Patriot Point, it heralded not just the dawn of a new day, but the beginning of a transformative journey for a group of remarkable women veterans. Their story is one of resilience, camaraderie, and the unwavering spirit of overcoming.

In the embrace of Patriot Point and under the nurturing guidance of the Operation Red Wings Foundation, these women embarked on a path of healing and empowerment. Led by the compassionate hands of therapists and the supportive bonds of sisterhood, they ventured into the depths of their souls, seeking solace and understanding amidst the trials of post-service life.

Each day began with the gentle call of a singing rooster, a reminder of the sanctuary they had found away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With the guidance of Stephanie Moon, they delved into rejuvenating yoga sessions, where the rhythm of their breath intertwined with the melody of nature, paving the way towards inner peace and strength.

Nourished by farm-to-table meals crafted with love and care, they savored the simple joys of connection with nature and the bounties of the earth. And through equine therapy, sessions of Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and other healing modalities, they confronted their past traumas with courage and resilience, rewriting the narrative of their pain into one of growth and healing.

For one veteran, the journey unveiled layers of grief she had not fully acknowledged since the loss of her son. Through tears and laughter, she found solace in the embrace of her fellow sisters and the unwavering support of her therapist. With newfound tools and resilience, she embraced the nonlinear nature of grief, knowing that she now had the strength to move forward.

As the days unfolded, the bonds among these women deepened, fueled by shared experiences and a sense of belonging. From the mesmerizing sight of oyster collection to the warm hospitality of their hostess, Joy Middleton, every moment was a testament to the power of community and the resilience of the human spirit.

When the retreat came to a close, they gathered one last time, hearts full of gratitude and hope. In their shared laughter and tears, they thanked Jordan Blake, group leader from Operation Red Wings Foundation for her guidance and vulnerability. The women found strength in each other’s stories and the knowledge that they will never be alone on this journey. And as they parted ways, they carried with them the spirit of the retreat, knowing that together, they could overcome any challenge and embrace the fullness of life after service.

Their story serves as a beacon of hope for all who have faced adversity, a reminder that within the depths of the struggles lies the potential for growth, healing, and a resilient tomorrow. Fortified by their shared experiences, these women veterans stand as a testament to the power of strength, community, and the indomitable human spirit.