Saturday, September 12, 2009

Scholarships still available for both retreats!

We still have scholarships available for the October 23-25 retreat at the Irondequoit Inn on Piseco Lake as well as a couple for the September 18-20 retreat to be held at Great Camp Sagamore. This time away is a rare gift for yourself and it will cost you nothing. Go to the Retreats page for more details or contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.
We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Feedback about the 1st Annual Women Veterans’ Arts & Reintegration Retreat

Our first annual Women Veterans’ Arts & Reintegration Retreat was a remarkable journey for all who participated… We wanted to share with you some of the images and thoughts from this memorable retreat.

This program needs to be expanded so more women could benefit.
This has been more than any retreat…that I have been to before.
Very positive
It was great. Now I can say I have a network.
There were no judgments. It was great.
Surprisingly very safe.
Did not feel I had to control emotions.
Encouraged, in fact.
I am not alone. There were others.

It really helps female veterans unwind and speak up.
I think it is a fantastic way to elicit emotional expression and reintegration.
This way I can understand myself a little better.
Creativity is SO important for healing!!
Listened to our stories without judgment.
Everything was perfect for me.

I don’t know if the belly dancing was officially a workshop but I plan to start dancing and using my body to express and heal myself.
Never tried yoga or Reiki before so it was a great chance to do so.
I know I need to incorporate all of these more.
Yoga was a little much for me.
This is the best that has happened to me.

What was your favorite thing about your experience at this retreat?

The laughter.
The physical space.
Chance to meet other people and bond.
A safe place to let myself go...
learn from the beauty and freedom of the other women.
Women fellowship.
Freedom of expression in a non-judgmental space.
The way the women bonded with each other.
All; can not pick out just one. Thanks.
The location with the history of offering a beautiful respite for immigrant women.
Connecting with other women veterans.
Everything … was awesome.
Thank you.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Women Veterans' Retreat a huge success!

In August, we had our first annual Women Veterans’ Arts & Reintegration Retreat at Wiawaka Holiday House on the shores of Lake George. It was fantastic! We are very excited by the feedback from our participants. Check back to the blog throughout this month to see their pictures and read their thoughts.

In the meantime, try if you can to conjure up in your mind a group of women who have been through life altering events in the military. They are brought together for the express purpose of finding a community and sharing their stories through various art forms. To read more details about the event click here.

Also, Pat Bradley of WAMC Radio came on the last day and interviewed several of our participants.
Click here to listen to the WAMC report.

We are already looking forward to next August and our 2nd Annual Women Veterans’ Retreat! If you were a part of our first retreat, please share your stories with our readers by clicking on the comment link below!