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In-Person Retreat

“Each In-Person Retreat is six days long (that includes two travel days) and takes places at one of our locations in Texas, North Carolina or at our partner location in Maryland.”

You will learn and use tools focused on relieving symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and chronic pain. You will leave the retreat with a customized plan for continued healing and resources providing support & suggestions for continued growth.

The ORWF In-Person retreats are a series of Retreats: Individual, Couples, Family, Spouse(Veterans must attend retreats in order, Spouses may attend in any order)

Individual Veteran Retreat

This program is for Veterans and active-duty Service Members only. You will learn strategies and tools that focus on relieving symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and chronic pain. You will leave the retreat with a customized post-traumatic growth plan for continued healing resources & suggestions for continued growth

Family Retreat

If you have school-aged children (K-12) and you have attended an Individual retreat, you may qualify for a Family program. This program provides education for the whole family on how to communicate and support each other. The goal is to form a more resilient bond between family members, allowing each of you to move forward together as a cohesive unit.​ Family retreats are specifically designed for veterans, their spouses (if married), and the veterans' children.

Couples Retreat

After you attend an Individual retreat & complete your follow-up work, you may qualify for a Couples Retreat. At this retreat, you and your significant other will receive strategies and tools designed to help you communicate more effectively. The couples retreat will help you build a deeper connection allowing you to better support each other on your post-traumatic growth journey. Your significant other will have the opportunity to learn strategies and tools to help reduce Caregiver Stress.

Spouse Retreat

At this retreat, spouses of Veterans and Service Members will dive into self-care, healthy boundaries, tools and tips for assisting their Veteran with PTS, mTBI and chronic pain and self-advocacy. Spouses may attend this retreat even if their Veteran has not attended a retreat.


What to Expect

The in-person retreats are six days long, you will typically travel in on Wednesday and travel home on Monday. You will be with a group of 8 – 12 other participants who are experiencing symptoms similar to you. The retreat is led by a Veteran Team Leader and a small team of professionals who will provide individualized care customized to your needs.

Our facilities are located in Texas, North Carolina and Maryland. Each location takes advantage of the peaceful, natural environments and are designed to make you feel comfortable while encouraging camaraderie with fellow Veterans. While the retreat schedule and activities are the same at all locations; each location is unique. The Huntsville Retreat Facility in Texas is situated in the beautiful Sam Houston National Forest. The North Carolina facility, located just outside of the city limits of Fayetteville, NC is a modern home featuring a small lake. The Maryland retreats are hosted at Patriot Point in Madison, MD on waterfront property.

During your retreat, you will stay on-site overnight. At Individual Retreats, you may share a room with another Veteran.

For Couples’ and Family Sessions, you and your significant other/family will have your own bedroom. You can expect to spend each day rotating through a variety of activities designed to teach you therapeutic tools focused on renewing your mind, body, and spirit.

View a Sample Schedule Here: Sample In-Person Schedule

Therapeutic Tools Used In Our Retreat

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.)

A.R.T. reduces fear, panic, & distress without the need to tell the clinician about the trauma you are working through. A.R.T. utilizes rapid eye movement (REM) while you are awake to control and direct the processing power the brain uses during the deepest phase of sleep. For more information about A.R.T., please visit

Trauma-Informed Yoga

Specially trained Trauma-Informed Yoga practitioners teach mindful meditation and movement designed to provide relief from stress and physical pain while managing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress and mild Traumatic Brain Injury. For more information on Trauma-Informed Yoga, please visit

Education Classes

We offer multiple interactive discussions focused on the needs of our participants. Topics include coping strategies for Post-traumatic Stress, mTBI and chronic pain, as well as discussions on nutrition, battlefield acupuncture and an optional faith-based group. Couples’ programs include relationship topics focused on understanding needs, communicating, living and coping with invisible wounds and more.


Alpha-Stim is a Cranial and Muscular Electrotherapy Stimulation device (CES) that is FDA approved to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain. We provide an in-depth tutorial on the device and its application. Participants are encouraged to use the device throughout their sessions. For more information on Alpha-Stim, please visit


New to the retreats in 2024, NuCalm is a revolutionary neuroscience app designed to unlock the power of deep relaxation and stress reduction. NuCalm offers users a unique and scientifically proven approach to achieving a state of profound relaxation, promoting full-body restoration, and improving sleep quality. Veterans and Service Members attending an Individual Retreat will receive a NuCalm kit to keep, further enhancing their well-being. To learn more visit

Therapeutic Horsemanship

Horses help Veterans cope with invisible wounds by increasing their feelings of calm and helping to identifying behavior pattern. Horses can help build trust, confidence, communication, self-efficiency, and social skills. They also help Veterans learn emotional regulation, impulse control, and boundary setting.

Check Your Eligibility

A diagnosis or service-connected disability through VA is NOT required

You must be able to interact in a group environment and be willing to share a room.

You must be able to administer your own prescription(s) if applicable.

All ORWF Retreats are substance free; alcohol and recreational drugs are not permitted at any ORWF retreat. You will need to be able to remain substance free for the duration of the retreat.

The Registration Process


Complete the Eligibility Questionnaire

Use the form below to begin your registration


Check Your Email and Complete Your Registration

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Our Team Will Be in Touch

A member of the ORWF Retreat Team will contact you to schedule your phone intake & offer available retreat dates.

If you have any questions regarding our programs or the registration process, please email us Please do not resubmit your registration.


Applicant Type:

Experience Post Traumatic Stress symptom:
Experience chronic pain:
Traumatic Brain Injury: