Retreats and Local Self-Care for Veterans and their Partners.
PTS is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a terrifying event in which the person was physically harmed or felt threatened. Symptoms can range from flashbacks to problem drinking and beyond.
The natural setting of Angel Fire in the Sangre de Cristo mountains is the perfect location to bring couples to a place where healing in nature is optimal. The Veteran couples experience Native American hand washing ceremony and storytelling of the warrior culture. These retreats are only possible with the help from our generous donors and grant funding.
These retreats are only possible with the help from our generous donors and grant funding.
It has been said that Angel Fire is “named for the fiery afternoon light splashed on alpine peaks”. The legend behind the name is that the Moache Utes used to gather to renew their ancestral ties with the Great Spirit, and during one of these autumnal celebrations, during the 1780s, three young braves returned to camp from a hunting trip and told of a strange glow at the tip of a peak called Agua Fria. The Utes were a little unsettled as they gazed at this mysterious splash of orange and red flickering in the northern sky. Then the awed silence was broken when one of the elders exclaimed, “it is an omen -the fire of the gods- blessing our annual celebration.” Thereafter, whenever that rosy glow was seen it was called “fire of the gods”. When Franciscan friars were trying to spread their influence, Agua Fria’s “fire of the gods” became known as “the place of the fire of the angels”. Kit Carson said that he too had seen the angel fire at dawn and at dusk, especially in the fall and winter months. He said it was because of the sunlight hitting the icy frost on the branches of the trees.
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Winterfest 2022 has officially been cancelled…again due to COVID concerns. We are sad to have to do this, but we want to keep everyone safe. You are still welcome to visit Angel Fire for our ski season, there will just not be any Winterfest activities during February 24-28. Those of you who have already registered will be fully refunded.
Each year, Winterfest allows the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center to raise awareness and funds the support our mission of helping veterans and their spouses/partners suffering from the effects of PTSD.
Retreats in Angel Fire were part of a study by