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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 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.
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.
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, 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, psychologist and cofounder of the Trauma Resource Institute, has worked with victims of trauma and natural disaster in Thailand, China, Rwanda, and post-9/11 New York City.