Healing Retreats

Veterans Yoga Project conducts healing retreats or veterans recovering from stress-related challenges, including PTS(D), and spouses and partners are welcome to attend.

These healing retreats provide veterans and their family members with instruction and practice in evidence-informed, clinically tested self-regulation techniques; opportunities for engaging in various therapeutic recreational, and community-building social activities; guidance with implementing healthy lifestyle choices; education about the role of nutrition in recovery and resilience; and awareness of community-based veterans resources for post-retreat reintegration.  

During these multi-day retreats, veterans learn that breathing, meditation, and other mind/body skills can significantly reduce symptoms of PTSD. Veterans participate in Mindful Resilience Training, veterans’ benefits information sessions, and other therapeutic recreational activities designed to enhance their social support and self-regulation skills.

Veterans leave retreats with:

  • New knowledge about mental health issues and strategies for healthy reintegration into civilian life

  • Tools for self-regulation, including yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices

  • Audio CDs and Guidebook for Mindful Yoga Therapy home practice

  • A stronger social support network with other veterans and veterans’ organizations

VYP also partners with likeminded organizations to create healing retreats for veterans and their families. Explore the wonderful resources our partners, listed below, offer. For more information about VYP retreats, please contact us at info@veteransyogaproject.org.

Feathered Pipe Foundation | Lone Survivor Foundation | The Red Barn | Veterans' PATH

“I was on a downward spiral mentally with my PTSD...I was invited to the Veterans Yoga Project at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, MT. I was extremely anxious about going. It took a lot for me to actually show up and participate. As it turned out it was exactly what I needed. I can tell you it was not what I expected. I had a total misconception of what yoga was. The mindfulness relaxation yoga turned out to help me refocus on the here and now, and what’s important.”
— Retreat Attendee


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Past Retreats

“The chance to connect with others and discover that, despite our individual issues, there are ways to grow together as a group was most helpful.  The fact that we share a common background (i.e., military service) gives us a basic level of trust and understanding.  From that base, true connections and shared pain, successes and healing can emerge.”

For more testimonials and to learn more about our retreats, please check out the 2015 Montana Retreat Final Report.