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Retreats


Minnesota Retreats

Camp Bliss
Camp Bliss is a one of a kind retreat center offering a variety of wellness, retreat, and educational opportunities on 43 acres of incredible pine and hardwood forest in a gorgeous north woods setting.  We are located 3 miles from Walker, MN which is home to the famous Leech Lake, Northern Lights Casino, numerous fantastic shops, restaurants and a plethora of lakes for great fishing.
http://www.campbliss.org/     or   Mike Mills (320) 529-9000

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch – Operation Welcome Home
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is a Christian Camp located in southern Minnesota serving over 24,000 people per year. Operation Welcome Home is a series of faith-based weekends at the Miracle Lodge to provide encouragement, hope, and inspiration to active military, veterans and their families. The retreat is free for all attending. All funding is provided by donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals.
The retreat is a time to reconnect with family and spouses, to encourage one another in community, and to get refreshed.  Some weekends have sessions focused on helping in particular areas such as parenting, communication, dealing with anger successfully, healthy conflict resolution, finances, faith, and making marriage work.  
www.ironwoodsprings.com    or   507-533-4315

Project New Hope
Project New Hope exists to provide veteran family retreats.  Including the whole family (even the kids!) is unique to Project New Hope and fosters family togetherness through a wilderness getaway.  It is our goal to provide combat veterans and their families with the education, training, and skills necessary to manage their lives after wartime service; repair of relationships is a primary goal. And of course, have fun in the process!  There is no cost to the families on the retreat.
http://projectnewhope.net

True Friends
SPARTA is a program that helps warriors with PTSD. It is a five-day retreat that includes meditation, contemplative activities, ropes courses, equine assisted counseling and the “age-old practice of using myth, story, ritual and personal narrative to create new practices that detoxify the warrior of moral injury.”
http://truefriends.org/veterans/

 

National Retreats

No Barriers Warriors
No Barriers Warriors is the only program that improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments.
http://www.nobarriersusa.org/warriors/

Outward Bound for Veterans
Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.
www.outwardbound.org/veteran-adventures/outward-bound-for-veterans/