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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This Retreat is now full

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?

– 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 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