Retreats

Important Notice: We are currently accepting applications based on funding availability.

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center is providing week long retreats for Veterans, Active Duty Military, Reservists, and their significant others who have been diagnosed with PTS (post traumatic stress). The retreats offer traditional and non-traditional healing methods. Included throughout the week are a mix of Native American healing ceremonies, equine reintegration training, massage, yoga, aroma therapy, acupuncture, art therapy, reiki, along with couples and group counseling sessions. The natural setting of Angel Fire in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the perfect location to bring couples to a place where nature can assist with the healing process. The number of retreat participant couples are kept small thus making each and every experience and tool which you are provided much more intimate. The retreats are only made possible through the generosity of donors and grant funding. (Click here to make a donation)

Opening Day offers a “Welcome Home” reception and dinner offers a time for the couples to get to know one another. Each day has a theme which allows the couples to progress through the educational, interactive sessions and then to partake in non-traditional healing modalities individually. Orientation Day and Connecting starts the process with equine reintegration training and “Warriors’ Welcome”. The Past offers time to discuss and become aware of the impact of deployment on both members of the couple. The Present offers insights on coming home and reunion of the couple. The Present Continues with reintegration skills into the family and the community. The Future moves into the tools for planning the future and goal setting. The last full day offers skills of Connecting and the Resources available to our couples as they return back to their home communities. Finally the Departure Day is for assessing progress and saying goodbye until we meet again.

For more information contact Janice Podell, Executive Director at 575-377-5236 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

2018 RETREAT SCHEDULE

The 2018 Retreats have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • May 20-27Female only, MST retreat (application deadline April 29, 2018)
  • June 6-13in Red River, NM (application deadline May 23, 2018)
  • August 5-12 (application deadline July 22, 2018)
  • September 16-23 (application deadline September 2, 2018)
  • October 7-14 (application deadline September 23, 2018)

All Retreats are a total of seven and a half (7 1/2) days. All attendees must commit to the full seven and a half days.

All lodging, meals and meetings are paid by National Veterans Wellness and Healing. Transportation to and from the Retreats is the responsibility of the attendees.

Fill out an application, scan and send to: email hidden; JavaScript is required or mail to P.O. Box 805, Angel Fire, NM 87110. If you have questions and/or want to secure a place at one of these retreats, please call 575-377-5236 to speak with a representative.

Retreat Criteria

  • Veteran must have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (indicate date and by whom/where diagnosed in application).
  •  Veteran must attend with partner or support person (spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, sibling, close friend, fellow vet from PTS support group, or similar existing and continuing close relationship).  Contact the Center if you have unusual circumstances regarding a partner.

You  may also want to check out Veterans Freedom Retreats!

  • March 11 – 18, 2018
  • May 20 – 27, 2018
  • Nov. 25 – Dec. 3, 2018
Testimonials
Patrick 2017
"We arrived the first day, I was leery & apprehensive. Today, we leave with a new purpose in life, relaxed & overall well being centered."
Joe V. 2017
"The retreat staff did an excellent job! The tools we received will impact our lives for years to come!"
Dawn L. 2017
"The Native American program has been the most healing and uplifting experience of our lives!"
Lilly P. 2017
"The introduction to Reiki, Acupuncture and EFT tapping was wonderful!  I will definitely be incorporating them into my life from here on out."
Joe M. 2017
"Please accept my heartfelt gratitude. I believe that you have given me the 2nd chance that I would never have given myself."
Maya O. 2017
"I felt completely safe, free from judgment and in the company of wise friends."
Loyola S. 2017 
"The women's group was so powerful and helpful"
Stephen L. 2017
"Of all the VA and outside mental health people the last 32 years, none of them did for me what you have done in only 7 days time!"
Shiloh H. 2017
"I'm encouraged to seek out alternative therapies in my home area due to the success of my experience with them during our retreat."
Veronica G. 2016
"The best part of the retreat was the Yoga and horse back riding, but most of all, being with fellow soldiers and their wives."