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Spirit Mountain Retreat Helps Women Veterans with PTSD

Spirit Mountain Retreat, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Idyllwild, CA is offering several retreat weekends for women veterans with PTSD titled, “Return to Yourself, A Resiliency Retreat for Women Veterans with PTSD.” The retreats will take place on during three weekends in 2019: January 24-27; March 7-10; and May 2-5.

Idyllwild, CA, December 30, 2018 --( Mary Morse, Executive Director of Spirit Mountain Retreat, is pleased to announce a set of recurring workshops titled, “Return to Yourself, A Resiliency Retreat for Women Veterans with PTSD” which will take place on during three weekends in 2019: January 24-27; March 7-10; and May 2-5. Morse explained, “We are thrilled to be able to help these women who have experienced varying types of trauma during their military service and services to help them cope and feel good again represent a deeply unmet need.”

During the four-day retreat weekends, attendees will have the opportunity to experience several types of exercises with facilitators who are at the forefronts of their fields and will experience art therapy, meditation, massage, equine therapy, and more. Morse added, “Our primary facilitator is Callie Wight, RN, MS, who has 25 years of experience as Program Manager and founder of the Women Veterans Trauma Program of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration. Valerie Velez, MPH, a Health Education Program Specialist, is our meditation facilitator. Other facilitators include licensed creative arts therapists, licensed estheticians, certified equine therapists, spiritual director, workshop facilitators, and educator of addiction recovery skills, and Mindfulness Meditation practice. We also collaborate with Linda Nunez, former Executive Director of The Veterans Alliance of Southern California, who operated a very active advocacy and resource nonprofit organization to assist with our informal case management. In addition, we offer equine therapy by collaborating with Wind Horse Crossing, owned by Nancy Waite-O'Brien, PhD and former vice president of Clinical Services at Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage.”

All meals and housing are provided in addition to transportation to and from the center for those who live in the greater Los Angeles area. For those who are traveling from outside of the LA area, transportation and/or carpooling from local airports is provided. In closing, Morse added, “These retreats are at no-cost to the attendees and are grant and donation funded by the generosity of others. The response has been tremendous. In fact, the January retreat is already filled to capacity and we have a waiting list.”

Spirit Mountain Retreat is a small, 501(c)(3) non-profit, spiritual retreat center that was founded in 1997. Located in the beautiful mountain town of Idyllwild, California, the center is sits on more than an acre of Douglas Fir, Redwood, and Coulter pine trees and features a large contemplative garden. Morse describes the center as, “This is a very special place and it’s just a short walk to town for those who want to explore everything Idyllwild has to offer.” Morse emphasized, “More importantly, Spirit Mountain Retreat is a special place whose mission is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment which inspires individuals to connect with their own truth. We’re open year-round for individual, couple, and small group retreats, programs, workshops, and sabbaticals. We also have regular gatherings and meetings as a service to our community and offer meditation groups, Death Café, writing groups, travel retreats, recovery groups, Loving Kindness Meditations, and monthly Full Moon Somatic drum circles. We also offer meeting rooms for various community groups."

To register, please send an email to or call 951-659-2523. For more information regarding the retreats or to find out more about Spirit Mountain Retreat visit their website at: Spirit Mountain Retreat is located at 25661 Oakwood St., Idyllwild, CA, 92549 or via USPS at PO Box 0676, Idyllwild, CA 92549-0676.
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