Georgia Tech will hold a job placement event for Veterans and people transitioning out of the military. It will take place December 16 at 2pm at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus and is sponsored by the university’s Veterans Education, Training and Transition program. CLICK for more info.
Fire a weapon, crawl through an obstacle course, work with veterans with combat injuries. Experience a tiny bit of the world a combat veteran has gone through. This is open to all certified yoga teachers who aren’t afraid of a challenge, and want to gain a hands-on experience in a safe environment for a one-day workshop in New Hampshire.
“The Combat Connection presents Yoga For Vets 101 a one day/12 hour intensive training course for yoga teachers with no military experience who want to teach combat vets,in a clinical or studio environment. Becky Blais and Paul Zipes, both military veterans and certified yoga teachers will teach this one day/12 hour course designed to immerse all certified yoga teachers in a safe, supportive and high intensity environment.”
This is an experiential boot camp for certified yoga teachers that will give them a hands-on experience into the world of a combat veteran. What does a weapon feel like? What have they heard? Learn a proven methodology of what works for veterans Boost your confidence and skill set by receiving information on military protocol, and terminology. Learn the 3 most common injuries of combat veterans, and what’s hands “off” and hands “on” when teaching. Paul and Becky have thoughtfully put this workshop together…. don’t miss it!
Connected Warriors has turned out to be the sprinting leader in helping certified yoga teachers gain the skill set to learn the best practices for teaching yoga for veterans. Thanks to an energetic and visionary group of founding veterans, board of directors and supporters, they fundraise enough to be able to offer this 1-day course and related support FREE to certified yoga teachers. Now they’re coming west to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Led by a team of Vietnam veterans, along with founder Judy Weaver, Connected Warriors has inspired many teachers to throw open their doors in their communities to offer free classes for veterans. The following is their upcoming schedule for free teacher trainings:
CONNECTED WARRIORS TEACHER TRAINING (See contact at each below):
Please watch this video to learn more about this terrific project. Taught by JUDY WEAVER, National Director of Education and follow Connected Warriors Yoga on Facebook!
Register now for the NCIRE conference on trauma, June 20, 2013, in San Francisco.
The Brain at War provides insights into the most recent research and innovations with the hope that they will catalyze decades of discovery and scientific advancement focused on the healthy brain and mind. As hundreds of thousands of men and women return from service, the United States faces a moral imperative to meet the needs of a skilled, youthful generation of Americans who may be vulnerable to the long-term consequences of combat duty. The decisions we make today will reverberate in the lives of American Veterans, their families and the nation at large.
NCIRE’s sixth annual The Brain at War conference convenes a diverse and dedicated gathering of physicians, scientists, representatives from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, academia, policy makers, community leaders, students, and Veterans for a series of intensive discussions and presentations providing new and exciting thinking and approaches to health care innovation
As a way to mark the two year passing of Tim and Chris Hondros, we’re raising money for RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues). This is the effort started by Sebastian Junger after Tim died of acute blood loss after and injury to his femoral artery while covering the war in Libya. Donate Here. If everyone who reads this would give the cost of a cup of coffee and a bagel, that would help a lot. Or heck, a boat load of money. Jillian, Chris and I are going to bug people all week long on twitter and FB. Please help us by telling all your friends.
RISC is a multi-day course, which instructs journalists in advanced life-saving skills. Photos of the first and second year course can be found at the Bronx Documentary Center page. A course is coming up June 18-21 in NYC, with others in London and Beirut to be announced.
Why is this necessary? Because journalists are going over with lots of heart and varying degrees of knowledge about conflict and war, but they don’t know how to apply a tourniquet because it isn’t taught in college. Increasing numbers are going over to chaotic and unsupported territories, with or without the support of news agencies, and unlike the embeds that marked both Afghanistan and Iraq –they are on their own. Donate here.
In addition, we’re asking you to sign the appeal to Free James Foley. Sign Here. From the Foley family:
“Unidentified gunmen kidnapped journalist James Foley in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 2012.
Jim is the oldest of five children. He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years. Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives.
The family appeals for the release of Jim unharmed.
The Foley Family -Sign here
After encouragement from my friend Greg Victor, who reviewed the book, and also a request from Tim’s beloved Idil, I’m reading, “Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer” by Allan Huffman.
My response? I laugh, marvel, cry, and shake my head. I cannot put this book down, even while going through in detail what happened the fateful day he was killed. Tim was the real deal. He got it. He was so much more than anyone could have imagined, and our sorrow is that we never got to see him move on to the second act of his life. And so, as friends, we carry on his life and spirit with a multitude of projects, inspired by his creativity, passion and willingness to reach out and dialog with others. He was not a war photographer, he very much was the “image maker” he claimed.
In addition, if you haven’t seen Sebastian’s film (a tribute to his late friend), “Which Way Is The Front Line: The Life & Time of Tim Hetherington” try to catch it on HBO, or whenever it becomes available to purchase or moves to Netflix. It’s excellent, and leaves you with the sense that there is much each of us can do in this world fueled by our desires and a willingness to go into the unknown through collaboration with others.
We’ll wrap it up with a video of the RISC training. Please donate and tell your friends. Give
If you haven’t found us on Facebook, you might want to “like” our page. Every day, we share links that often don’t appear here. Here are upcoming events.
Operation Purple Camp (Nationwide) —Applications will be available in March. Sierra Club, the National Military Family Association work with partners to send thousands of military children to camp each summer for one week –for free. Do keep tabs on the NMFA site for applications, and start thinking about a kid ages 7-15 who could really use the break this summer. Watch this video, and then come back to read the other events listed below.
Veterans Retreat (NY) Claude Anshin Thomas, a Vietnam veteran will hold his well known retreat for veterans, active duty, families and friends. Thomas, who lived with the debilitating effects of PTSD is now a Buddhist monk. The retreat is to address the trauma of war, reduce stress, and bring a community together. If you cannot afford this retreat, please let the know –scholarships are available, “don’t let money be an issue.” This retreat is non political and non religious. Watch this video and come back to see the final event listed below.
Free Yoga Class (Hopkinsville KY) This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00. One hour north of Fort Campbell, the class is open to veterans and their families and is sponsored by Connected Warriors Yoga.
Mindfulness, Qi Gong and Writing
Saturday, January 7th, 9am to 5pm
Free, Lunch Included. Need A Ride? Let Them Know.
Non denominational, open to Persian Gulf vets or who have served since 2001.
Registration info is below.
Mindfulness Care Center, 42 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Turning from the old and the dark – it takes fierce intention to stay with building a new life.
Join with the support of other veterans in this new year retreat to fiercely set goals about how you want to live. We will spend the day together igniting this intention and finding the way forward. The day will include:
- An introduction to Traditional Chinese Internal Martial Arts
- Sensory Awareness and meditation to cultivate clarity and steadfastness.
- Writing and journaling as tools for exploration and finding what lies ahead.
Scott Philips, our guest instructor for the Martial Arts, will be teaching us to: “Cultivate Emptiness in Motion” – an introduction to Traditional Chinese Internal Martial Arts, as meditation, healing, and the expression of one’s true nature.
Roger Housdon, our guest instructor for the wrting portion, says: “I teach soul memoir. Soul memoir is where your outer life meets your inner world. It uses the raw material of your life story to reveal the deeper intelligence of your inner journey. Through a variety of exercises,you are encouraged to reach down into the events of your life and find the deeper layers of wisdom and healing that may lie within them.”
Honoring the Path of the Warrior is a program that assists post 9/11 and Persian Gulf veterans in making a positive transition from military to civilian life. We provide a pathway of meditation and mindfulness that welcomes, honors, and integrates their service and leadership.
Our programs combine nature and engaging physical activities; meditation, Sensory Awareness and mindfulness practices. The intent is to provide Veterans with connection, community and tools that support them in using their strengths and experiences to find a meaningful and productive path in civilian life. Mindfulness-based interventions have proven to be successful at transforming stress, anxiety and trauma in a number of diverse populations and are being used within the VA system for returning veterans as well as deployed soldiers.
HPW is a San-Francisco-based non-profit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of the San Francisco Zen Center.
PLEASE REGISTER! Give Army Veteran Dyan Ferguson a call at 415-310-7075.
Please consider supporting this very important work! Make a tax-deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, San Francisco Zen Center. To donate online, please go to: www.HonoringThePath.org/supporting-hpw/contributing.
An event worth trying to go to if you’re in the area. PTSD research pioneer and physician Bessel van der Kolk will be at Kripalu at a 2 day seminar Frontiers of Trauma Treatment.
From the blog:
For therapists, health professionals, yoga instructors, and other individuals interested in studying the nature and process of trauma.
Overcoming trauma means learning to fully engage in the present without being hijacked by survival-related emotions and sensations. Success means allowing yourself to know what you know and feel what you feel without reentering the misery of the past. Recovery depends on having physical experiences that contradict the sensations and feelings of helplessness and disconnection. Physical mastery of a body-based practice like yoga can open new pathways to current reality.
This workshop, based on the foundational practices of yoga and mindfulness meditation, includes
- Current research on trauma
- An exploration of the way overwhelming experiences change the capacity for self-regulation and how imprints of trauma are held in the body
- How brain function is shaped by experience and how life itself can continually transform the organization of brain circuits
- Specific techniques that address affect regulation, the integration of dissociated aspects of experience, chronic helplessness, and the reintegration of human connections.
Your increased understanding fertilizes the application of effective trauma interventions, including EMDR, yoga and sensorimotor processing, Internal Family Systems, and neurofeedback.