Rest, Restore & Reintegrate: A Healing Retreat for Montana Veterans and Their Families
Daniel J. Libby, Ph.D & Veterans Yoga Project Facilitators
June 9 - 13, 2017
Feathered Pipe Ranch
This free four-day healing retreat, hosted by the Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) and funded entirely by donations, is designed specifically for Montana veterans and their families that struggle with issues that interfere with successful post-deployment reintegration. Building upon Feathered Pipe Foundation and VYP’s relationships with local veteran service organizations, we will hold space and share the healing practices of yoga for Montana veterans who are in recovery from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other trauma-related challenges.
In the healing space of the Ranch, veterans and their family members will be offered: instruction and practice in evidence-based self-regulation techniques; opportunities for engaging in various therapeutic recreational, and community-building social activities; education and training on implementing healthy lifestyle choices; education about the role of nutrition in recovery and resilience, and; education about community-based veterans resources for post-retreat reintegration.
Our first two retreats at Feathered Pipe Ranch made a real difference in the lives of Montana families. Feedback from veterans who attended these retreats demonstrated that a multi-day retreat where veterans learn breathing, meditation, nutrition and other mind/body skills can significantly reduce symptoms of PTS — and that these healing effects persist well after the retreat ends.
If you are a Montana veteran interested in attending this healing retreat, please contact click here.
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Testimonials from Past Healing Retreat Attendees
“It’s hard to put into words, but I can honestly say that for one, my back has not felt this pain-free and healthy since I got blown up in Iraq about 5 or 6 years ago, and number two, this is the first time I’ve really believed that I can live without being defined by chronic anxiety, anger and depression in over two years of VA treatment. This retreat has opened up possibilities to believe in actually having life again and enjoying it. I just want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible.”
“First off THANK YOU. This program is amazing. I am a veteran diagnosed with PTSD who thought I was the only one seeking recovery through this practice. Recently attended the retreat at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena MT. An amazing experience to say the least. This is an amazing service you are offering. This is actual help for vets with PTSD and TBI. Not just a handful of pills that the VA considers treatment. Being able to consciously shift from a hyper arousal/vigilant state to calm rational thought gave me the strength to handle my day. It gave me a few extra seconds to assess my situation if there was a loud bang or a car following me to close. Once more, Thank you.”
“I was on a downward spiral mentally with my PTSD. I was beginning to think what’s the purpose of my constant mental anguish. I was invited to the Veterans Yoga Project at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, MT. As it turned out it was exactly what I needed. The mindfulness relaxation yoga turned out to help me refocus on the here and now, and what’s important.”
Veterans Yoga Project Facilitators
Daniel Libby, PhD, Founder of Veterans Yoga Project
Dan is a founder and Executive Director of Veterans Yoga Project. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher specializing in the mindful integration of evidence-based psychotherapies and complementary and alternative medicine practices for the treatment of PTS(D) and other psychological and emotional distress in active-duty military and veterans.
As a Postdoctoral Fellow with Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry and the VA’s Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center, Dan conducted research investigating the physiological correlates of mindfulness meditation as well as the first epidemiological investigation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in VA PTSD treatment programs. He is also former Director of Clinical Services for the Starlight Military Rehabilitation Program and has taught mindfulness and yoga to hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members.
Daniel is currently a psychologist at the Oakland Vet Center in Alameda, California, where he teaches several yoga and meditation classes weekly.
Learn more about Daniel Libby: www.veteransyogaproject.org
Deb Jeannette, ERYT-500, Veterans Yoga Project Board President
Deb’s work stems from teaching from the heart. Influenced by her teachers, peers, environment and her travels, her aim is to bring a unique sense of empowerment to her students. Her classes follow an intuitive practice, holding space for her students and meeting them where they are. Drawing upon a lifetime passion directed towards the achievement of self-awareness, her aim is to guide students with mindfulness and the healing powers of Yoga — touching one heart at a time.
Learn more about Deb: www.veteransyogaproject.org
Daniel Martin, Veterans Yoga Project Ambassador
Daniel is a Vietnam era Marine Corps veteran who brings 40 years of experience as a social worker, massage therapist and meditator to his yoga teaching. He holds BS degrees in psychology and sociology, is a Practitioner of Structural Integration, a Biodynamics Cranio/Sacral therapist, and a 300 hour certified yoga teacher. He informs these skills with insight gleaned from his long time meditation practice to offer Yin and restorative yoga at the local senior center, in private classes and in a trauma sensitive yoga class for veterans. Daniel has long been involved in Vietnam Veterans service organizations such as TOPVietnam Veterans and Soldier’s Heart and has traveled to Vietnam 8 times. He is eager to share how mindfulness based practices have been personally transformative in the journey to heal PTS.
Learn more about Daniel: www.veteransyogaproject.org
About Veterans Yoga Project
Veterans Yoga Project is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable, educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of military veterans. Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, military treatment programs and other non-profit organizations, VYP provides self-regulation tools to veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related psychosocial difficulties. One of its primary initiatives is to provide healing retreats for veterans in recovery from PTSD and other trauma-related challenges.
Learn more about Veterans Yoga Project: www.veteransyogaproject.org
Thanks and look forward to seeing you!