October 2015

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Stronger Together

A Retreat for Women Serving or Who Served in the Military

October 18, 2015 – October 23, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
Laurie Leitch, Zuleikha, Chanel Best
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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 military-veterans advocate Laurie Leitch, codirector of Threshold GlobalWorks; Zuleikha, founder of the Storydancer Project; and Chanel Best, a reservist and New York City police officer—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, and maximize strength and quality of life.

More Information

This program is open to all active or inactive duty military women and women veterans (including reserve, guard, and all branches of the uniformed services). It is limited to 30 participants and is not a substitute for psychotherapy. Each participant is responsible for $75 of the tuition, room, and board. Begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Things to Bring:
  • We’re inviting each of you to bring an object that reflects something that has meaning for you on your own journey. In our morning session on Monday we’ll ask you to tell us about what you’ve brought and place it in the center of our circle. This centerpiece will remain in the center of the circle throughout our days together.
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.-Noon Workshop

The Children's Program will not be available during this workshop.

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


Laurie Leitch, PhD, is a psychologist, social entrepreneur, researcher, and director of Threshold GlobalWorks. She has worked with victims of trauma and natural disaster in Thailand, China, Rawanda, and post-9/11 New York City. thresholdglobalworks.com


Zuleikha is a whirlwind of spirit, rhythm, dance, and stories of nature, world lore, and life itself. She is a longtime artistic collaborator with Coleman Barks. Founder and director of the Storydancer Project, Zuleikha is recipient of the 2005 Humanitarian Award from Pediatric Nursing Journal and the 2010 Images and Voices of Hope Media Award. storydancer.com

Chanel Best is a specialist in the United States Army Reserves in Fort Totten, New York, and a police officer in New York City. Of Caribbean descent, she has a passion for helping people and learning about other cultures whether from the people she encounters in the city or through traveling. She practices yoga, dance, singing, and is actively involved with her church and family.