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Stronger Together

Retreat for Women Serving or Who Have Served in the Military

September 07, 2014 – September 12, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Loree K. Sutton, Laurie Leitch
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This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega to be placed on a waiting list 800.944.1001.

Today’s military women play powerful roles in our nation’s security and have equally important strengths to bring to our country as veterans. Nevertheless, women active military and veterans often feel cut-off from the sense of camaraderie and cohesion more commonly experienced by their male counterparts. The challenges that women face while on active duty and as veterans also have not received the attention that would promote optimal reintegration into the veteran and civilian communities.  

This women-only retreat for the military-veteran community focuses on the unique issues of women’s military service (including sexual trauma and other invisible wounds) and builds a safe, supportive environment to explore the strengths, resilience, concerns, and vulnerabilities of women who have served.

Led by two military-veterans advocates—Loree K. Sutton and Laurie Leitch, codirectors of Threshold GlobalWorks, along with guest teachers—the retreat provides a variety of experiential activities, including group dialogue, yoga and other restorative health practices, creative expression, and resiliency skill-building training. Along with opportunities to build friendships, share and learn from others, and gain practical tools for thriving, there also will be free time to enjoy the healing Omega campus. All activities are designed to nurture mind, body, and spirit, while also maximizing strength and quality of life.

A limited number of travel stipends are available: $100 for women taking the train from NYC area and $200 for women traveling from outside the New York area. Contact Laurie Leitch ( after August 8 if you want to request a travel stipend.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is dedicated to ensuring that injured service members, veterans and their families thrive long after they return home. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation visit


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Limited enrollment; register early.

This program is underwritten and open to all active or inactive duty military women and women veterans (including reserve, guard, and all branches of the uniformed services). Each participant is responsible for $75 of the tuition, room, and board. Please note that the retreat is limited to 30 participants and is not a substitute for psychotherapy.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Loree K. Sutton

Loree K. Sutton, MD, former brigadier general in the United States Army, was the highest ranking psychiatrist in the United States Army and is the former director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. She has also served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

Laurie Leitch, PhD, cofounder of the Trauma Resource Institute, has been a practicing psychotherapist, clinical trainer, consultant, social entrepreneur, and researcher for more than 25 years. She is director of Threshold GlobalWorks, an organization dedicated to cultivating the social dimension of resilience in individuals and within communities, enterprises, and systems.