If you are a Service Member or Veteran with an immediate crisis, please contact the Veteran Crisis Line dial 988, then Press 1, or chat with someone at www.veteranscrisisline.net.
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)
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
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 www.acceleratedresolutiontherpy.com.
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 www.veteransyogaproject.org.
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 www.alpha-stim.com.
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 https://nucalm.com/.
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.
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.
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If you have any questions regarding our programs or the registration process, please email us retreat@ORWfoundation.org Please do not resubmit your registration.