Retreats at BraveHearts
BraveHearts hosts weekend retreats throughout the year at our peaceful and picturesque farm in Harvard. The retreats are geared towards veterans who have experienced combat related trauma, military sexual trauma, veteran couples and Gold Star families.
During the retreats, veterans are able to utilize experiences with horses and group process to gain to mastery, life skills and healing while spending time with other veterans. The horses and Bravehearts environment enable veterans who have endured profound psychological wounds to make strides that often take years to actualize sitting in a room engaged in psychotherapy.
The retreats are facilitated by Vet Center counselors. Participants are housed at BraveHearts with communal meals provided. Expert staff and volunteers provide activities with horses. Opportunities to participate in meditation, group discussions and free time are often included. Grooming, leading, riding, carriage driving and foundation horsemanship are some of the equine activities used.
Feedback from retreat attendees:
"I never thought a horse like Duke could size me up in such a short period of time, see through my heart and pain and love me unconditionally without judgement, and make me laugh."
"I found the retreat to be relaxing and stress free when dealing and bonding with the animals."
"BraveHearts is a place to heal for me."
There is no cost for veterans. If you are a veteran and would like to participate in one of our retreats, please contact BraveHearts at 815-943-8226. You must preregister for the retreats and outings.
Click here to download our retreat brochure.