Future Events

We plan to run 12 Camp Resilience sessions in 2017. Below is the schedule for the next 3 sessions. The details about each session will be posted once we have finalized what the focus of the session will be and what sports activities will be included.

May 9-12: A Camp Resilience session that includes exciting and challenging activities at the NH Fire Academy. For more information, see the attached flyer:  CR_Retreat_Flyer

Jun 5-8: A  special Camp Resilience session for couples.

Jul 10-13: Special Camp Resilience retreat for the spouses/caretakers of veterans.

Facebook Groups

The PRLI has run 16 Camp Resilience sessions since May 2014. We have created private Facebook groups for the participants of each session that enable them to continue to challenge and support each other after the session and these have been very effective in helping the participants continue to take the steps necessary to improve their lives.

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Events to Date

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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.

We ran our second Equine Retreat for Veterans at the Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH from Friday, November 13th through Monday, November 16th. 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. Click play on the video below to hear some of the participants discuss their experiences.

We ran another Camp Resilience Retreat from Monday, October 5th through Thursday, October 8th. The sports activities included the Aerial Treetops Adventure course at Gunstock Mountain, kayaking on the Merrymeeting River, a hike up Gunstock Mountain, water aerobics and yoga. There were also a number of resiliency workshops on topics such as Effective Praise, Adaptive Constructive Responding, “Hunting the Good Stuff”, and Avoiding Thinking Traps as well as a session on mindful eating. See pictures from this session below.

The first Camp Resilience Women’s Retreat ran from Tuesday, September 22nd to Friday, September 25th. The sports activities included the Aerial Treetops Adventure course at Gunstock Mountain, kayaking on the Merrymeeting River, a full day of equine therapy, water aerobics and yoga. There were also workshops on mindfulness & meditation, trauma resiliency, and healthy cooking and eating. See pictures from this session below.

The first Camp Resilience Equine Retreat for Veterans ran from Friday, June 26th to Tuesday, June 30th. It was a 4 day, 4 night experience where veterans immersed themselves in a farm environment and, through working with horses as their teachers, learned important aspects about themselves that can lead to lasting positive change. The veterans lived at the farm, camping overnight, participated in all meal preparation, including collecting firewood for the campfire. The participants were involved in all aspects of horse care and farm work. The Camp Resilience Equine Retreat for Veterans was not a horseback riding adventure, but a therapeutic psycho-social experiential experience designed to meet the needs of veterans suffering with the psychological, emotional, and physical injuries of war, while also addressing issues of reintegration. See pictures from this session below.

Photos courtesy of Nina Fuller Photography
http://www.ninafullerphotography.com/

The fourth Camp Resilience session ran from Wednesday, June 3rd through Friday, June 5th 2015. The sports activities included downhill skiing and snowshoeing. The sports activities included the Aerial Treetops Adventure course at the Gunstock Mountain Resort, hiking in the Belknap mountain range and boating/fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee. The life skills program included communications skills (Active Constructive Responding), yoga and water aerobics. See pictures from this session below.

The third Camp Resilience session (and first winter session) ran from Monday, Mar 2nd through Thursday, Mar 5th 2015. The sports activities included downhill skiing and snowshoeing. The life skills activities included communications skills (Active Constructive Responding), Yoga/Stretching, mindful eating, healthy cooking, financial management and water aerobics. See photos from this session below.

The PRLI ran its second pilot session from Monday, Oct 21st through Thursday, Oct 23rd. 12 veterans from MA, NH and VT participated in the session, along with two counselors from the White River Junction VA Medical Center. The planned sports activities included the Aerial Treetops Adventure course at the Gunstock Mountain Resort, hiking in the Belknap mountain range and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. However, due to heavy rains, the hike was cancelled and the vets went bowling at Funspot instead. The life skills program included financial management and “Wellness Through Lifestyle Changes” with a focus on sleep issues, diet and exercise. See pictures from this session below.

On May 28-30, 2014, the PRLI ran Camp Resilience’s first pilot session for 17 wounded warriors from the Boston VA. Activities included Segway tours and the Aerial Treetop Adventures at Gunstock Mountain Resort; boating/fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee and classes on resumes and job searching. See pictures below.

The PRLI assisted the Lakes Region Disabled Sports at Gunstock run an adaptive skiing program for 7 wounded warriors from the Boston VA Medical Center on Feb 24-25, 2014. See pictures below.