|Warfare is an ancient and mythic experience, and the effects it has on soldiers are real.
People returning from War are never the same. War changes them, some more than others. When the Warrior within is released it can never be put back in the box, can never be ignored.
The effects of war trauma can be subtle or dramatic. They range from persistent vigilance, insomnia, and generalized anxiety to violent rage, substance abuse, criminal behavior, murder, and suicide.
Many veterans don’t recognize the symptoms. Some ignore them. More are beginning to realize that something is seriously wrong.
The Returning Warriors™ program goes beyond contemporary traditional treatment. Using ancient healing techniques practiced for thousands of years, the Returning Warriors™ program helps to create a bridge between the traumatic experience of War and the desire to again become an effective member of family and community.
To do this, the program addresses the whole person: Mind, Body, Heart, and Soul.
Through the week long retreat, participants experience directly the healing power of techniques used for thousands of years to effectively reintegrate the Warrior Spirit. They learn specific practices they can use on a daily basis, as needed. Everyone has an opportunity to tell their story, to express the nightmare, to let go of fear.
Veterans of all wars are eligible to participate. We are scheduling retreats and workshops for both men and women, separately and co-ed as appropriate. Please contact us for more information about these programs.
If you would like to coordinate a retreat for veterans in your area, contact us. We'll be glad to work with you.
Gerry Starnes, M.Ed.
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To be Determined
The next Returning Warriors™ Retreat in the Austin area is currently being organized. Contact us if you are interested in participating.
What past participants have to say
about their experience.
"It was a huge step forward for me in so many ways."
"I am so grateful to Spirit for sending me.... As a result of Karen's work, the retreat, and my work, I am off psych meds, back in school, and in the process of building a house... It feels good to be in good hands..."