Outer War, Inner Peace: A Mindfulness Retreat for Veterans and their Families
Paul Kendel, Margot Neuman, Gary Allen and Bayard Cobb
August 1–4, 2013
Scholarships are available. The deadline for Financial Aid has been waived, and dorms are included in the Generosity Policy for this program.
Too often the trauma of military services can rage on as an inner war long after military service has ended. While the external conflict may have ended, the internal conflict continues, taking its toll on personal health, well-being and relationships. The practice of mindfulness can cultivate gentleness towards ourselves and others and a sense of inner peace.
Designed for veterans and their families, this retreat includes talks, discussion, and introduction to a variety of mindfulness practices, including gentle and powerful healing work with horses. We will create a safe and intimate setting in which to share and learn from one another, and have the option for one-on-one meetings. The goal of the retreat is to offer a transformative experience and return home with concrete ways to integrate the benefits of mindfulness into daily life.
About Medicine Horse Program:
Medicine Horse Program collaborates with Veteran’s Peace of Mind Project in the Fearless Victory program to help veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by providing mindfulness meditation techniques and equine-assisted psychotherapy as tools for dealing with trauma.
Read Paul Kendel’s recent interview!
Paul M. Kendel (SSG Ret), MA, is the author of Walking the Tiger’s Path: A Soldier’s Spiritual Journey in Iraq, which chronicles his military deployment in Iraq, experiences of doubt and disillusionment, and eventual introduction to and connection with the Shambhala Buddhist teachings.
Margot Neuman is Executive Director of Veteran’s Peace of Mind Project, providing mindfulness training for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Together with the Medicine Horse Program, she developed ‘Fearless Victory’, a program for veterans.
Gary Allen is the Education Director of the Mindfulness Peace Project, which teaches meditation and Buddhism to prison inmates and military vets with PTSD. He has studied, practiced, and taught meditation for the past 38 years. He has two degrees in writing from Naropa University, and is writing a comprehensive book on the history and practice of Tantric Buddhism in India.
Bayard Cobb, MA, joined the Fearless Victory project in 2010. An adjunct faculty member of Naropa University, she has practiced and taught meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years.
Financial aid is available for this program.