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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.
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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.