2016 Camp Resilience Sessions

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We ran our another Equine Therapy and Service Learning Retreat at the Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH from Friday, November 11th through Monday, November 14th. The session gave the participants a chance to work with horses and, through this work, learn to better deal with issues like reintegration, anxiety, depression and PTSD. The veterans also had an opportunity to participate in service learning where they not only had a chance to help the Live and Let Live Farm but also learned how giving back can be healing and therapeutic.

We ran a special Camp Resilience session designed to help veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which addressed topics on the diagnosis and neurobiology of PTSD; sleep issues; mindfulness and stress reduction; and Post Traumatic Growth focusing on values and purpose. The sports activities included kayaking, hiking, water aerobics, yoga and the Aerial Treetop Adventures at Gunstock Mountain.

We ran a special Camp Resilience session designed to help veterans with MST (Military Sexual Trauma) build resilience by learning to understand and strengthen interpersonal boundaries and relationships.  Activities included art therapy, movement therapy, outdoor/indoor challenge learning and group discussions. The sports activities included sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee, hiking, water aerobics, “Rise & Shine” stretching and the Aerial Treetop Adventures at Gunstock Mountain.

We ran a cooperative session with Granite State Adaptive Sports which was focused on Equine Therapy. It was held at Mirror Lake, NH (which is close to Wolfeboro). The equine activities focused on assertive communication, leadership, teamwork, authenticity, and relational and life skills. Working with horses fosters resiliency, leading to growth and well-being for the participants and the horses alike. Participants not only had the chance to work with and ride horses; they went kayaking on the Merrymeeting River and had the opportunity to boat, swim and fish in Lake Winnipesaukee.

We ran a special Camp Resilience session for couples from Monday June 6th through Thursday June 9th. The sports activities included sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee, hiking, yoga, water aerobics and the Aerial Treetop Adventures at Gunstock Mountain. Other activities focused on relationship skills, resolving conflicts, restoring balance and increasing the resilience in the couples who attended.

We ran a special Camp Resilience session from Tuesday May 3rd through Friday May 6th, 2016. It included a day of exciting and challenging team-building activities at the New Hampshire Fire Academy. The other activities included kayaking, hiking, yoga, water aerobics and sessions discussing such topics resiliency, a vision workshop and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

We ran our third Equine Retreat for Veterans at the Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH from Friday, April 8th through Monday, April 11th. The session gave the participants a chance to work with horses and, through this work, learn to better deal with issues like reintegration, anxiety, depression and PTSD. The veterans also had an opportunity to participate in service learning where they not only had a chance to help the Live and Let Live Farm but also learned how giving back can be healing and therapeutic.

We ran our second winter retreat from Tuesday, March 8th through Friday, March 11th. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate so the planned snowshoe hike turned out to be just a hike (although it was still a great hike with beautiful scenery). Similarly, the cross-country and downhill skiing were done in less than ideal conditions. However, everyone still had a good time. Other sports activities included yoga and Tabata. There were also workshops on “Vision – Define the Life You’d Love”, mindful eating & healthy cooking and a series of resiliency workshops covering such topics as Adaptive Constructive Responding, “Hunting the Good Stuff”, Mental Games and Real-time Resilience.

We ran our second Camp Resilience Retreat for women veterans only from Tuesday, February 2nd through Friday, February 5th. The sports activities included hiking, bowling & mini-golf at FunSpot (due to bad weather), downhill skiing, yoga and water aerobics. There were also workshops on “Vision – Define the Life You’d Love”, trauma resiliency, building better relationships, mindful eating and Whole Health Action Management (WHAM). See pictures from this session below.