A Men’s Veteran Healing Retreat 2024

A Men’s Veteran Healing Retreat 2024

How Did the Retreat Go?

“This was my first retreat,  I am so happy I came. I learned a lot of different ways of coping. The staff was amazing, helpful and friendly. I defiantly made friends while I was her.! I can’t wait to come back next year!”

-Kristine K.

“The retreat was eye opening and the staff is first rate. I especially thought Silhoun Green was a great motivational speaker . His workbook has a lot of great suggestions, that are doable and practical.”

-Anthony S.

“This is my third retreat and words cannot describe how beneficial these retreats have been for my PTSD and my soul. I love the friendships that we get to build. Thank you Project New Hope.”

-JV

“Donna, Silhoun, Jessica, Sue, Christine, the masseuse, the kitchen staff all did a magnificent job. But the award for best host of the retreat goes to Ann and Nick! They took excellent care of all of us!! Kudos to Bill and Project New Hope for providing a safe space for veterans to meet, share, heal and grow. You are doing God’s work.”

-Portia S.

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Do you struggle with PTS, Guilt, Anger, Fear, Physical Pain, or Limiting Beliefs?

The Cortina Method (TCM), delivered by Trauma Resolution Expert Michael Cortina and his team, resolves & dissolves these problem areas.

Based on neuroscience, TCM is Brain-Based Healing that helps people get over trauma, WITHOUT having to relive ANY pain.

Replace pain with joy, gratitude, relief, and excitement.

Enjoy equine therapy, holistic yoga, Reiki, and reflexology.

Learn more about Michael Cortina and The Cortina Method at his website https://michaelcortina.com/.

Lodging, meals, and activities are provided to participants at no cost. A registration fee of $50 will be refunded one week after the completion of the retreat. You must arrange for your own transportation.

Space is limited to 10 men.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738.

  • November 7-11, 2024
  • Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center
    53 Mill Street
    Westfield, MA 01085

A Women’s Veteran Healing Retreat – The Cortina Method (TCM) 2024

A Women’s Veteran Healing Retreat – The Cortina Method (TCM) 2024

How Did the Retreat Go?

– Always a relaxing and bonding retreat, love the very peaceful Genesis Retreat facility.

– These retreats provide me with much needed breaks from my hectic life. I appreciate the Art and Holistic and Wellness therapies and sessions od self-awareness. I especially appreciate the opportunity to share stories of triumph and challenges with other women Veterans. Massage was very beneficial, loosened tense muscles and I encourage others to take advantage of these retreats.

– Reflexology was a new experience I didn’t know anything about it, and it was the most relaxing thing.

– The most beneficial activity was having a safe place to let go of emotions and create space for new things. I really enjoyed the “Insight Timer” app that was shared with us.

– The most beneficial activity was the rest, relaxation and meeting all the interesting and strong women Veterans. Everyone was great, Donna and Sue were excellent and very friendly. The activities were very interesting and relaxing, and I look forward to attending another retreat.

– The most beneficial activity was Massage, Meditation, Yoga and Breathing Exercise.

– The most beneficial activity was the Red Cross Workshops, interesting activities, and beneficial exercises to help refocus. Donna and Susan were great in ensuring everything ran smoothly and everyone know what was going on and where. The workshops and wellness activities were great and well suited to exposing us to things we hadn’t tried or experienced before. The retreat was great, and I enjoyed the fellowship with other combat women Veterans.

– The most beneficial activity was connecting with other Women Veterans. I went from feeling like an island to feeling like a community. it was relaxing and I learned a lot, it helped me see things differently.

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Do you struggle with PTS, Guilt, Anger, Fear, Physical Pain, or Limiting Beliefs?

The Cortina Method (TCM), delivered by Trauma Resolution Expert Michael Cortina and his team, resolves & dissolves these problem areas.

Based on neuroscience, TCM is Brain-Based Healing that helps people get over trauma, WITHOUT having to relive ANY pain.

Replace pain with joy, gratitude, relief, and excitement.

Enjoy equine therapy, holistic yoga, Reiki, and reflexology.

Learn more about Michael Cortina and The Cortina Method at his website https://michaelcortina.com/.

Lodging, meals, and activities are provided to participants at no cost. A registration fee of $50 will be refunded one week after the completion of the retreat. You must arrange for your own transportation.

Space is limited to 10 women.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738

  • June 6-10, 2024
  • Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center
    53 Mill Street
    Westfield, MA 01085

Couples Retreat 2024

Couples Retreat for Veterans and Active Military Couples

How Did the Retreat Go?

Loved the Couple’s Retreat and the location was wonderful

Thank you, for this retreat and the sessions were very helpful. All the staff were friendly and helpful.

The retreat was awesome, Bill & Donna were great hosts and they made us feel very comfortable and we would definitely come back

The workshops were most beneficial and Yoga was so great to include.

Bill & Donna! You two are a wonderful “Power Couple” thank you for your love and energy you put into us veterans. God Speed

Food was good and thank you for the healthy choices.

You guys were Amazing, definitely looking forward to future retreats.

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Join us for a week of impactful healing and workshops designed for couples to resolve traumas, calm your nervous system, enhance communication & conflict resolution, and more.

Each person attending will receive healing visits in the highly acclaimed The Cortina Method (TCM) delivered by Trauma Resolution Expert Michael Cortina and his team.  TCM is designed to heal PTS, Guilt, Anger, Fear, Physical Pain, Limiting Beliefs, and more.

Couples will learn:

  • Effective communication
  • Verbal and nonverbal cues
  • Power of Listening
  • Saying what you mean
  • Importance of asking questions

Enjoy equine therapy, holistic yoga, Reiki, and reflexology. Learn more about Michael Cortina and The Cortina Method at his website https://michaelcortina.com/.

Lodging, meals, and activities are all provided at no cost to participants. There is a $50 dollar registration fee that is refunded one week after the completion of the retreat. You must arrange your own transportation to and from Griswold, CT.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738.

  • May 9-13, 2024
  • Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center
    53 Mill Street
    Westfield, MA 01085

Phoenix Tales Storytelling Retreat for Veterans 2024

Phoenix Tales Storytelling Retreat for Veterans 2024

How Did the Retreat Go?

– The weekend was wonderful.

– All the activities were enlightening and beneficial.

– The Marconic Energy Healing, Reflexology, Yoga and Reiki were beneficial.

– Telling my story.

– Storytelling, plan to incorporate this with my writing group.

– Being with other Vets, sharing and meeting new friends.

– No words can describe how much I enjoy PNH and look forward to retreats.

– I am blessed to call Donna and Bill cherished friends.

– I learned a new Alternative Therapy for authoring my story.

– The weekend was wonderful. All the activities were enlightened and beneficial.

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Veterans, you are invited to discover the power of storytelling! Are your stories untold? Veterans often bear the burden of past experiences in silence because they are too painful and want to enjoy time with loved ones. This storytelling weekend will empower you to share these stories and lift the weight of your experiences. The Phoenix Tales Storytelling team will guide you in crafting a true, short, verbal story about a past event from your life.

By creating a new story about a past challenge, you’ll re-author the story you’ve been telling yourself. Gain new perspectives, actively engage in personal healing and growth, and find a new avenue of creative expression by discovering your own Phoenix Tale. You will have an opportunity to share the finished stories with other Veterans at the end, but there is no obligation. This story is for you! You have fought for the freedom of others. Now, set yourself free from the past, have a little fun, and celebrate your triumphs through the magic and power of one of our oldest forms of connection and communication – storytelling!

Phoenix Tales Storytelling uses the art form of personal narrative storytelling as a framework for connection, recovery, growth, change, and healing. This is especially powerful for Veterans who have lived through separation, trauma, violence, and loss. Grief can be particularly challenging for Veterans facing major or chronic illness and mental health or substance use challenges. Phoenix Tales Storytelling team are humans who have met many challenges themselves and have all found healing and growth in the storytelling process. They care greatly about fostering safe, brave, trauma-informed spaces for fun, connection, and creative expression through storytelling.

Lodging, meals, and activities are provided to participants at no cost. A registration fee of $50 will be refunded one week after the completion of the retreat. You must arrange for your own transportation.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738

  • April 12-14, 2024
  • Grotonwood Conference Center
    167 Prescott Street
    Groton, MA 01450

Family Veterans Retreat 2024

Family Veterans Retreat 2024

How Did the Retreat Go?

– The opportunity to have a safe parent and teenager quality time.

– Connection with other Veteran/Military families and a getaway for our family.

– You all Rock!

– Thank you so much for this family retreat and all that you do for our community. God Bless you all.

– Disconnecting from the outside world. Campfires, watching the kids run around with zero screen time. Connecting with other families.

– Thank you so much for all you do. This was such a special & relaxing experience for our entire family. We loved the entire groups and balance of structured and unstructured time. God less you all and thank you.

– Thank you so much, this was one of the best things we have done as a family. We would never be able to afford to do anything like this or be able to talk with other Vets with some of the same problems. Thank you.

– Thank you so very much for hosting this. It was a wonderful, relaxing trip that allowed us to connect with our daughters.

– The most beneficial activity was communicating with our children. It was a fantastic week of reconnecting with other service members and their families.

– Spending time with my family because last year I was deployed.

– Connecting with Children Workshops. Project New Hope continues to shine its blessings on our family. Jeepers Christmas was amazing to our family during my husband’s deployment so when this retreat came up, I knew we must take part. It surpassed all expectations and has connected our family better than we hoped. Our children grew independently, our marriage was assessed and challenged with growth as a plus and our family will now have memories forever. We disconnected from our phones and the outside world and truly connected as a family and with other Veterans families and made new friends and connections all to this amazing week.

– Structured time to spend with family.

– Meditation in one of my workshops helped with self-awareness.

– Being able to think freely within the workshops.

– The most beneficial activity was the sessions and workshops for couples.

– Being able to just play with our family without outside pressures and stress was priceless. I loved openly talking about mental health in front of and with our kids. It normalizes it for them.

– Reiki was surprisingly amazing.

– Learning from other families, coping under stress and communication.

– The most beneficial activity at family retreat was all of it, addressing the needs of the adults as well as the children. So great for the entire family. Tapping was mentioned, I will be researching how to implement.

– I had so much anxiety about attending, even knowing two other families that were attending the same at the same time. When I walked in extremely late with three children in tow everyone simply smiled and welcomed us and were super kind, not judging, it was such a relief. I wanted to cry! Everyone from Bill, Makenzie, Katie, and Debbie. The kitchen staff, Wellness providers and Art teachers were amazing. I feel so blessed and fortunate for being able to experience this with my children as a single parent! Thank you, thank you, thank you, you are all a true blessing!!

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The greatest challenge in today’s fast-paced world is creating opportunities to spend quality time with family. As a result, many parents have difficulty connecting, understanding, and helping their children with their problems, and children have difficulty with communication and coping skills. Would you like to build family resilience? If so, this Project New Hope Family Retreat may be just for you. It is free to Military and Veteran Families, married, two-parent, and single-parent Families, and their children.

Then relax with all Camp Wightman has to offer on the beautiful 270-acre camp surrounded by nature. You may enjoy activities like boating on our 90-acre Billings Lake, archery, arts & crafts, campfires, gaga pit, basketball, hiking, kayaking, swim time, and so much more! This retreat also offers wellness activities like yoga, reflexology, and Reiki, to name a few.

Lodging, meals, and activities are all provided at no cost to participants. There is a $50 dollar registration fee that is refunded one week after the completion of the retreat. You must arrange your own transportation to and from Griswold, CT.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738

  • August 18-23, 2024
  • Camp Wightman
    207 Coal Pit Hill Road
    Griswold, CT 06351

Resolving Trauma, A Men’s Veteran Healing Retreat

Resolving Trauma, A Men’s Veteran Healing Retreat

How Did the Retreat Go?

TCM was amazing transformation, so excited.

I would love to spread the word as much as I can.  Thank you, Project New Hope!!!

TCM – I was finally able to touch what has been bothering me for a long time.

The Reiki, Reflexology helped me with my PTS that I have had for over 15 years.

Loved Reflexology, Reiki, Massage, Yoga, Warrior Art, Nidra, Sound Bath.

I learned the alternative therapy of focused breathing and movement.

I learned the alternative therapy of TCM.

I loved the one-on-one TCM sessions.

The Cortina Method is great, and I finally believe it will save lives.

The Cortina Method has enabled me to release and lose baggage from the past and I am feeling a new outlook on life.

The whole process was progress towards healing, loved every part of it.

The Alternative Therapy I participated in was The Cortina Method, Reil, Reflexology, Acoustic Therapy and Art Therapy.

This week, I made more progress than I have in the past 8 years. Just like many Veterans, I have tried many different types of therapy and have always left frustrated still. The retreat has opened my mind to these holistic methods as well as The Cortina Method into improving my every day like. Everybody has been amazing, and I look forward to the next retreat/event.

TMC – Life Changing

Michelle taught me a Woodell language

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Registration is full; however, we are allowing Veterans to sign up on the wait list. Your deposit will be returned if a vacancy does not become available. First come first serve.

We’re excited to offer this new and exciting Trauma Resolution Retreat! Take part in The Cortina Method (TCM) to resolve your trauma. Imagine a life free of the pain and symptoms created by PTS. Replace that with joy, gratitude, relief, and excitement! This retreat features trauma resolution expert, Michael Cortina, and his team, equine therapy and holistic wellness sessions such as yoga, Reiki, and reflexology.

The Cortina Method (TCM) is a brain-based healing methodology to resolve trauma. It utilizes a strategic protocol rooted in neuroscience for efficient outcomes with an emphasis on people NOT having to relive or reexperience distressing emotions. It involves brain optimization and reprocessing. Brain optimization is getting the brain to respond to life, in the most enticing and optimal way possible.

TCM resolves trauma/PTS in as little as a single visit. The outcome is that people share that painful emotions are replaced with joy, gratitude, relief, and excitement. It resolves and removes triggers and symptoms. People say that they are AMAZED at how they feel, and think are so much more productive, advantageous, and desirable after TCM. Changes are sustainable.

Learn more about Michael Cortina and The Cortina Method at his website https://michaelcortina.com/.

Lodging, meals, and activities are provided at no cost to participants. A registration fee of $50 will be refunded one week after the completion of the retreat. You must arrange for your own transportation.

Space is limited to 10 men.

Apply now at Project New Hope! www.projectnewhopema.org/home/retreats/

Please contact Susan Wilder for questions regarding this retreat. smwilder@projectnewhopema.org (508) 762-9738

  • November 2-6, 2023
  • Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center
    53 Mill Street
    Westfield, MA 01085

Post Traumatic Stress Veterans Retreat 2023

Post Traumatic Stress Veterans Retreat 2023

How Did the Retreat Go?

“I am so grateful for PNH as this retreat was by far a refresher as well as a phenomenal relaxing experience.”

“Prior to attending the PTSD Retreat, I was filled with anxiety and now my anxiety has decreased throughout the retreat.”

“I am so grateful for Bill and Donna as they are family oriented and so empathetic to the Veteran community and will help a fellow Veteran in a heartbeat.”

“The program is amazing, Bill and Donna and all their staff are wonderful. I learned a lot and hope to return for a future retreat.”

“In an increasingly busy world, I am even more grateful for programs like Project New Hope.”

“The Holistic and wellness offerings were great (Reflexology, Reiki, Yoga).”

“This past week has been the most relaxing and spiritual experience I have ever had, I honestly feel like this retreat has opened my eyes for more opportunity.”

“This was an amazing experience. The staff were so kind and supportive. The workshops, activities and meetings really helped and opened me to new opportunities.”

“I found the welcoming, personable, and informal aspect of PNH to be just what I needed. I have had a long road to reconnection with the Veteran community and feeling good about my country, again.”

“PNH provides a great resource with their retreats. This is my second retreat and I have felt welcomed and supported each time. Silouan provided an opportunity to reflect on the bigger picture, not focusing on a label.”

“Great Location and facility, staff were great.”

“This was an excellent retreat. I have been on others, and I feel like I have gotten more from this one than any other one. Silouan tools and message are relevant and easily actionable, the location was a huge part of my wonderful experience and I hope you make this a regular part of your retreat planning.”

“I appreciated this week at the PNH Retreat! The ladder Upp program was interesting and Silouan Green is a wonderful speaker. Camp Wightman is unbelievably beautiful and very relaxing. I really enjoyed all the activities that were offered throughout the week. (Yoga, Reflexology, Reiki, Kayaking, Campfire) listening to the crickets and frogs at night was very soothing and I slept very peacefully. I got to read in one of the hammocks which was impressive, overall. I thoroughly enjoyed myself this week. I am leaving this week much more relaxed than when I first came. Thank you so much, Project New Hope Inc.”

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This retreat is for individual Veterans and/or Couples

Escape the darkness of PTS and other life struggles with a clear goal and a solid plan. This Ladder UPP retreat will help you figure out where you are going and how to use your traumas and trials as fuel to live.

You will learn tools for recovery, PTS, and depression, or just a difficult trial or transition in life. Join us on this weeklong retreat in beautiful Connecticut and take a step towards living free. “The Ladder UPP” is a data-driven program and has been proven effective and might just be the step up you need. Thankfully, he found his “reason to live” and the journey has continued. Wherever you are at, welcome to this retreat.

Then relax with all Camp Wightman has to offer on the beautiful 270-acre camp surrounded by nature. You may enjoy activities like swimming or boating on our 90-acre lake, archery, arts & crafts, campfires, and so much more! This retreat also offers wellness activities like hiking, yoga, reflexology, massage, reiki, IET, and Mindfulness, to name a few.

Learn more about Silouan and “The Ladder UPP” at www.silouan.com.

A $50 fee/per person, $100/couple will be required at time of registration and will be refunded a week after completion of the retreat. If you cancel 2 weeks or less leading up to retreat, are a no-show or leave before the completion of Retreat your Deposit will not be refunded. Our retreats are 100% drug and alcohol free.

Lodging, meals, and activities are provided at no cost, but participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the retreat. Check-in 3:00 PM.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call 508-762-9738

Retreat registration closes two weeks prior to the start date.

Proof of Military Service (no exceptions). Military ID, DD-214, VA Health Care Card or Driver’s License with “Veteran” on license will be required before attending retreat.

Mail, fax or email Proof of Military Service.
Project New Hope Inc.
70 James Street, Suite 129A
Worcester, MA 01603
Fax: 508-304-9245
dmoore@projectnewhopema.org


PTSD Veterans Retreat
in partnership with
United Way

  • August 20-25, 2023
  • Camp Wightman
    207 Coal Pit Hill Rd
    Griswold, CT 06351
  • Presenter:
    Silouan Green
    Creator of “The Ladder UPP” program

Phoenix Tales Storytelling Retreat for Veterans

Phoenix Tales Storytelling Retreat for Veterans

How Did the Retreat Go?

– Very hard to come to retreat but glad I did.

– I Love You guys at PNH.

– Thank you all for creating a fun, dynamic, wholeheartedly healing well run retreat. When I came in on Friday, I was having very difficult PTS symptoms of forgetfulness, confusion, aggressive, ill feeling, fearful.
By Saturday morning I was relaxed and cheerful and all the lovely group of wellness practioners I saw in the afternoon created a lot of healing. The Reiki session I had was the “best” I ever had over the past 20 years.
Thank you, so much.

– This retreat and workshops have been incredibly powerful and transformational to participate in and watch. It is such a gift to witness personal transformation, renewal of hope and connection.

– Project New Hope creates an amazing space for healing. You can feel the warmth and love they have for Veterans and family members. It was a joy to see everyone connect, laugh, play, relax and unburden themselves.
It was a wonderful experience!

– My wife attended the Women’s Veteran retreat and recommended we attend the Storytelling retreat. I am glad we made the decision to attend, meeting Veterans and listening to their stories was lifting a heavy blanket off my shoulders. I am looking forward to attending more PNH retreats in the future.

– The Program is a great way to network with others in need of help with their problems and issues.

– This retreat was fabulous in providing alternative strategies for difficult issues. The shared experiences with other Veterans in our personal growth was healing and nurturing. Thank you,

– Doing this with my dearest friend Donna an Army Nurse of 58 years was indeed an experience I will never forget – AND share with friends. Having fun, sharing stories without our husbands, cool girl time. Being able to say what you want without being judged and knowing others understand. Giving a hug to someone you just met to let her know you care, even though you can’t even begin to imagine what she is feeling but knowing you can feel her pain.

– I enjoy attending retreats with Project New Hope. I always keep an open mind and engage in activities with dignity. Project New Hope staff are so caring and supportive to our community. I always look forward to attending all the retreats.

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Veterans, you are invited to discover the power of storytelling! Are your stories untold? Veterans often bear the burden of past experiences in silence because they are too painful and want to enjoy time with loved ones. This storytelling weekend will empower you to share these stories and lift the weight of your experiences. The Phoenix Tales Storytelling team will guide you in crafting a true, short, verbal story about a past event from your life.

By creating a new story about a past challenge, you’ll re-author the story you’ve been telling yourself. Gain new perspectives, actively engage in personal healing and growth, and find a new avenue of creative expression by discovering your own Phoenix Tale. You will have an opportunity to share the finished stories with other Veterans at the end, but there is no obligation. This story is for you! You have fought for the freedom of others. Now, set yourself free from the past, have a little fun, and celebrate your triumphs through the magic and power of one of our oldest forms of connection and communication – storytelling!

Phoenix Tales Storytelling uses the art form of personal narrative storytelling as a framework for connection, recovery, growth, change, and healing. This is especially powerful for Veterans who have lived through separation, trauma, violence, and loss. Grief can be particularly challenging for Veterans facing major or chronic illness and mental health or substance use challenges. Phoenix Tales Storytelling team are humans who have met many challenges themselves and have all found healing and growth in the storytelling process. They care greatly about fostering safe, brave, trauma-informed spaces for fun, connection, and creative expression through storytelling.

Lodging, meals, and activities are provided at no cost to participants. A registration fee of $50 will be refunded one week after the completion of the retreat. You must arrange for your own transportation.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738

  • April 14-16, 2023
  • Grotonwood Conference Center
    167 Prescott Street
    Groton, MA 01450

Family Veterans Retreat

Family Veterans Retreat

How Did the Retreat Go?

– The opportunity to have a safe parent and teenager quality time.

– Connection with other Veteran/Military families and a getaway for our family.

– You all Rock!

– Thank you so much for this family retreat and all that you do for our community. God Bless you all.

– Disconnecting from the outside world. Campfires, watching the kids run around with zero screen time. Connecting with other families.

– Thank you so much for all you do. This was such a special & relaxing experience for our entire family. We loved the entire groups and balance of structured and unstructured time. God less you all and thank you.

– Thank you so much, this was one of the best things we have done as a family. We would never be able to afford to do anything like this or be able to talk with other Vets with some of the same problems. Thank you.

– Thank you so very much for hosting this. It was a wonderful, relaxing trip that allowed us to connect with our daughters.

– The most beneficial activity was communicating with our children. It was a fantastic week of reconnecting with other service members and their families.

– Spending time with my family because last year I was deployed.

– Connecting with Children Workshops. Project New Hope continues to shine its blessings on our family. Jeepers Christmas was amazing to our family during my husband’s deployment so when this retreat came up, I knew we must take part. It surpassed all expectations and has connected our family better than we hoped. Our children grew independently, our marriage was assessed and challenged with growth as a plus and our family will now have memories forever. We disconnected from our phones and the outside world and truly connected as a family and with other Veterans families and made new friends and connections all to this amazing week.

– Structured time to spend with family.

– Meditation in one of my workshops helped with self-awareness.

– Being able to think freely within the workshops.

– The most beneficial activity was the sessions and workshops for couples.

– Being able to just play with our family without outside pressures and stress was priceless. I loved openly talking about mental health in front of and with our kids. It normalizes it for them.

– Reiki was surprisingly amazing.

– Learning from other families, coping under stress and communication.

– The most beneficial activity at family retreat was all of it, addressing the needs of the adults as well as the children. So great for the entire family. Tapping was mentioned, I will be researching how to implement.

– I had so much anxiety about attending, even knowing two other families that were attending the same at the same time. When I walked in extremely late with three children in tow everyone simply smiled and welcomed us and were super kind, not judging, it was such a relief. I wanted to cry! Everyone from Bill, Makenzie, Katie, and Debbie. The kitchen staff, Wellness providers and Art teachers were amazing. I feel so blessed and fortunate for being able to experience this with my children as a single parent! Thank you, thank you, thank you, you are all a true blessing!!

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Would you like to improve your family getting along better than ever and having fun together in Ocean Park, Maine. In today’s fast-paced world, the greatest challenge is creating opportunities to spend quality time with family. As a result, many parents have difficulty connecting and understanding and helping their children with their problems and children have difficulty with communication and coping skills. Would you like to build family resilience? If so, this Project new Hope family retreat may be just for you. It is free to Military and Veteran families; married two-parent and single parent families and their children

In addition to workshops, the retreat will include – Campfires, Beach and Pool time, Miniature Golf and more. Located just over an hour north of Boston, 15 minutes south of Portland, Maine, and a quick walk (just 3 blocks away) to the beach and a 20-minute walk to the pier in Old Orchard.

Lodging, meals, and activities are all provided at no cost to participant, there is a $50 dollar registration fee that is refunded one week after completion of retreat. You must arrange your own transportation to and from Ocean Park, ME.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738

  • June 25-30, 2023
  • Oceanwood Camp and Conference Center
    17 Royal Street
    Ocean Park, ME 04063

Combat Women’s Veterans Retreat

Combat Women’s Veterans Retreat

How Did the Retreat Go?

– Always a relaxing and bonding retreat, love the very peaceful Genesis Retreat facility.

– These retreats provide me with much needed breaks from my hectic life. I appreciate the Art and Holistic and Wellness therapies and sessions od self-awareness. I especially appreciate the opportunity to share stories of triumph and challenges with other women Veterans. Massage was very beneficial, loosened tense muscles and I encourage others to take advantage of these retreats.

– Reflexology was a new experience I didn’t know anything about it, and it was the most relaxing thing.

– The most beneficial activity was having a safe place to let go of emotions and create space for new things. I really enjoyed the “Insight Timer” app that was shared with us.

– The most beneficial activity was the rest, relaxation and meeting all the interesting and strong women Veterans. Everyone was great, Donna and Sue were excellent and very friendly. The activities were very interesting and relaxing, and I look forward to attending another retreat.

– The most beneficial activity was Massage, Meditation, Yoga and Breathing Exercise.

– The most beneficial activity was the Red Cross Workshops, interesting activities, and beneficial exercises to help refocus. Donna and Susan were great in ensuring everything ran smoothly and everyone know what was going on and where. The workshops and wellness activities were great and well suited to exposing us to things we hadn’t tried or experienced before. The retreat was great, and I enjoyed the fellowship with other combat women Veterans.

– The most beneficial activity was connecting with other Women Veterans. I went from feeling like an island to feeling like a community. it was relaxing and I learned a lot, it helped me see things differently.

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Are you a Combat woman Veteran looking to spend time with other female Veterans and discuss issues unique to female Veterans? If so, this Project New Hope Inc. retreat may be right for you. Workshops discussing such topics as Wellness through lifestyle changes, techniques for coping with trauma caused by sexual assault, moral injury or other traumatic events and resiliency.

(What Documents May I Need to Show That I Was in Combat?) A Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Medal of Honor, and Purple Heart are just a few examples. You can also offer proof that you got hazardous duty pay to prove your service in a war.

In addition to workshops, the retreat will include a variety of Holistic sessions such as – Acupuncture, Massage, Meditation, Reiki, Reflexology and timeout for self-discovery and personal growth.

Lodging, meals, and activities are all provided at no cost to participant, there is a $50 dollar registration fee that is refunded one week after completion of retreat. You must arrange your own transportation to and from Westfield, MA.

Please send questions to Sue at smwilder@projectnewhopema.org or call (508) 762-9738

  • March 24-26, 2023
  • Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center
    53 Mill Street
    Westfield, MA 01085