A Retreat for Veterans of Iraq & Afghanistan
May 2017
Howard Levene

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A Retreat for Veterans of Iraq & Afghanistan

Feeling Good About Ourselves

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May 14, 2017 – May 19, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Steve Torgerson, Barton Buechner, Howard Levene
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Application is required; apply early, as enrollment is limited and spots fill quickly.
Full tuition for this retreat is $695; scholarships are available to cover all but $75 of the total cost.
Apply without a scholarship.
The deadline to apply with a scholarship has passed.

Join fellow post-9/11 veterans to support one another and renew mind, body, spirit, and relationships in a beautiful, tranquil setting.

Designed to help veterans alleviate the psychological, relational, and spiritual injuries of war, this integrative program is underwritten and open to eligible post-9/11 male veterans. It is facilitated by a trained multidisciplinary team of veterans, psychotherapists, and interfaith leaders practicing holistic educational services for over a decade.

Together, we create an optimal environment for learning and healing, where isolation and stigma are replaced by the safety and belonging of community, and we rebuild meaning and purpose in our lives. Through wellness practices, small support groups, outdoor recreational activities, and expressive arts, we:

  • Reconnect with ourselves and other veterans
  • Share experiences in an atmosphere of mutual support and trust
  • Learn stress management and emotional resilience skills, including mindfulness, qigong, and yoga

We also learn ways to improve communication and relationships, and we return home with new skills, inspiration, and connections.

This workshop gives Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans the opportunity to share deeply about their experiences and commune with other veterans in an accepting and supportive environment. It is not a substitute for clinical treatment or psychotherapy.

This program is open to all eligible male veterans and active duty military personnel who have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. No political or religious belief or affiliation is represented or required.

Teachers are subject to change.


Please note this course begins Monday at 7:00 a.m. and has a special schedule:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–8:20 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Meditation
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m Welcome & Introductions
11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m Small Group Introduction
11:15 a.m–Noon Wellness Practice
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Finish Introductions & Small Group Meetings
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Art Project with Maria Fazzini
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m Group & Small Group Meetings
11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m Break
11:15 a.m–Noon Wellness Practice
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Art Project
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Presentation with Steve Torgerson
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m Group & Small Group Meetings
11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m Break
11:15 a.m–Noon Wellness Practice
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Small Group Meetings
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m Group & Small Group Meetings
11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m Break
11:15 a.m–Noon Wellness Practice
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Presentation & Group
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Talent Program
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–Noon Group Meeting & Closing Ceremony
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

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

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

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Steve Torgerson is a former United States Air Force chaplain who now serves on the Coming Home Project's Board of Directors. Former chair of the Air Force Integrated Delivery System (a committee concerned with personnel issues, including suicide and post-traumatic stress), he also served as Deputy Command Chaplain for Multinational Force in Iraq.

Barton Buechner is a 30-year Navy veteran and professor in Adler University’s Masters in Military Psychology program. He presently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Chris Kyle “Frog” Foundation, which sponsors programs for veterans, first responders, and their families, and is a Veterans Knowledge Community representative for the National Association of Student Program Administrators (NASPA), where he advocates for veterans in higher education.

Howard Levene

Howard Levene is a Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, and former medical officer in the U.S. Navy. He is an experienced Coming Home Project facilitator.