Mindfulness Meditation Retreat for Veterans

HONORING THE PATH OF THE WARRIOR  (Supported by San Francisco Zen Center)

NORTHERN CA:  Woodacre CA

Supporting Our Veterans:
Mindfulness Meditation to Calm and Heal the Body and Mind

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Spirit Rock is honored to offer a half-day of mindfulness meditation for veterans and their families. You will be introduced to mindfulness practice through sitting and walking meditation as well as time for small and large group discussion. This will be a time to connect with others and learn mindfulness meditation to help calm and heal the body and mind.

Lee and the Spirit Rock teachers will be joined by Fred Krawchuk, retired Colonel and Michael Ergo, MSW who works in the Veterans Administration. 

DETAILS:
Sunday, June 15, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Spirit Rock’s Community Hall
Registration through Spirit Rock is required.  Click 
here for more info and to register.

This event is open to veterans, their families and significant others. Spirit Rock will provide childcare to those who need it.

This program will be offered on a “dana” (donation) basis. The teachers are offering the day as a gift to the Spirit Rock community. The regular half day fee of $40 – $75 is waived for this event. The practice of generosity, or dana, in all forms is considered a central pillar of Buddhadharma practice. Spirit Rock invites you to contribute what is appropriate for you.

Hellertown, PA: Veteran says “I’m a Marine and I’m not doing yoga”

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USMC Veteran Liz Thompson shared that statement in her story with The Express-Times, where she described her struggle the transition home after a 9-month deployment to Iraq in 2005. Liz eventually found her way to yoga after it was suggested to her by a friend and she has since become an instructor herself and teaches a class for Veterans at the American Legion Post 397 in Hellertown, PA.

Check out the rest of Liz’s story in The Express-Times!

 

A Big Thank You

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 4.08.47 AMTo everyone who gave to our fundraiser on Causes.Com to help send military kids to camp through the National Military Family Association.  We raised $500, for Operation Purple Camp, which sends military kids to summer camp for a week, for free. . Special thanks to my cohorts in crowdfunding, Deb Ings and Matt Murray.

RIght now, families can apply for NMFA’s Operation Purple Family Retreats. These are for the whole family.  From their website:

“Coming back together after a deployment can be difficult. Operation Purple Family Retreats provide military families with the opportunity to reconnect as a family. We are using our popular ‘camp’ approach and bringing families to beautiful outdoor locations in order to provide fun family oriented activities, new memory making, and the ability to spend quality time together. Specially adapted communication activities developed by FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress ™) ensure families return OPFR-Thumbnail-Jan-2013-copyhome stronger. Families are able to connect in a “purple” environment that brings families from all ranks and services including National Guard and Reserve components together as a community. We are climbing, hiking, canoeing, bonding, eating s’mores, and more!”

Click here to find out more about Operation Purple Family Retreats and apply!  

A Game Changer: Rivers of Recovery

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Rivers of Recovery offers fishing trips in communities across the country. Guided by veterans, or supporters, the fishing trips make a huge impact on the lives of everyone who participates. Regardless of physical or emotional challenges, Rivers of Recovery accommodates everyone.  A community builds as the hours, days, and weekends go by. Men and women talk about their lives, the find others who understand and profound changes take place. From there, the healing begins, the understanding that there is a tomorrow and they are not alone. Edgar Duffey, in the video below, calls it a game changer in the world of therapy. Movement, Breath, and Community.

“You see your boys in front of you getting engaged. All you could is sit there and watch while your boys get messed up. I have never been so utterly scared in my entire life ever.” -SGT Edgar Duffey, US Army Veteran, speaking for Rivers of Recovery

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“What’s Love?” WarRetreat Asks U.S. Navy Veteran Carl Salazar

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Carl, third from left, relaxes with participants in Expedition Balance’s veterans retreat at “Camp For All” in Texas.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked the movers and shakers in the veteran service community, this essential question:

“What’s Love?”

“Service. Service means everything. Service is love in action. Service is love – manifested.” -Carl Salazar, Founder, Expedition Balance

Carl is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and a combat veteran. He founded his non-profit organization, Expedition Balance, to help veterans and family members regain their footing on solid ground. Expedition Balance is committed to helping combat veterans who return home with emotional trauma regain their lives. It starts with a week in the woods and ends with veterans reconnected to their families, friends and futures.  At Camp For All, veterans relax in a structured environment, where they experience yoga, meditation, and physical activities such as hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and an obstacle course.  In addition, Expedition Balance recently branched out to the Los Angeles area, where yoga classes are taught at various locations by Marlena Groomer.

Click To find out more about Expedition Balance.

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“What’s Love?” U.S. Army Veteran Eric Walrabenstein Responds

For Valentine’s Day, we asked movers and shakers in veterans’ service organizations: What’s LOVE?

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“Love is, at its essence, a kind of capacity…

to be present for others.

to allow for our differences.

to endure difficulty.

to go beyond our self interest.

Love is the capacity to do all of this with an effortless grace that allows us fully and spontaneously embrace all that is.” -Eric Walrabenstein, Veteran, U.S. Army, Bootstrap Stress Management System

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Eric Walrabenstein, U.S. Army Veteran

Eric Walrabenstein is a nationally-recognized expert in the fields of yoga and mind/body health and the founder of Yoga Pura, one of Arizona’s largest yoga centers. As a former infantry officer in the U.S. Army, he knows first-hand of the sacrifice and dedication the members of our armed forces make every day. 
 
His wide-ranging experience in the military and civilian sectors, combine with his profound understanding of yoga technology and mind/body health to make him uniquely equipped to help our troops and veterans end their struggle with chronic military-related stress conditions. 
 
In addition to his work with BOOTSTRAP and teaching at his Arizona center, he regularly travels the nation training yoga, meditation, and mind-body health teachers from around the world. 

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Chicago: Parks Program Offers Classes To Veterans

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 5.30.38 PMThe Chicago Parks Program is offering a variety of classes for veterans to help regain a sense of camaraderie, accomplishment through adaptive sports and arts classes. Most popular, is the archery class led by SGT Donna Pratt, US Army, Retired Archery Instructor. She can adapt the sport to all levels, and claims that with “Archery, I can teach anyone to make a bullseye!”

For more information, watch this video! 

Cleveland: Veteran Artists Exhibit Their Work

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Veterans art therapy featured in exhibition at Tri-C gallery

By Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer

“CLEVELAND, Ohio – You or a loved one went through the wringer of war and got hung out to dry. You try to explain what happened but the words aren’t there. People just don’t get it. And it hurts.”

To read more, and to see some incredible photos of the artists and their art, go to The Plain Dealer

Georgia Tech To Hold Job Placement Event for Savannah Area Vets

Hire HeroGeorgia 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.

Registration Opens for the 2014 Face of America Ride from Washington to Gettysburg

Team-Navy-Gadson-Finish-1024x717Calling all DC-Metro (and beyond) Veteran riders! This ride takes place in April.

World T.E.A.M. Sports’ popular Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride from Washington to Gettysburg opened registration today for teams and individuals participating in the inclusive April 25-27, 2014 event.

Able-bodied civilians, active duty and retired military cyclists ride with disabled veterans from all service branches, beginning at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and concluding at the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Face of America is fully supported for participants of all abilities, leisurely traveling 110 miles in two days, with an overnight stay in Frederick, Maryland. Experienced riders can select one or both 100 kilometer loop rides from Gettysburg on Saturday and Sunday. All participants receive a commemorative jersey at on-site registration, along with a gala dinner and a celebratory outdoor lunch in Gettysburg at the Sunday afternoon conclusion.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1634727#ixzz2nMhal1WD