Thursday, June 22 - Monday, June 26, 2017
Beersheba Springs, TN
Beersheba Springs, TN
Women veterans have unique perspectives and experiences related to military service. This 3-day Retreat is an opportunity to:
- connect with other women veterans in a safe, supportive community
- honor one another and be heard, witnessed and understood
- participate in fun, engaging activities in the midst of a beautiful, natural setting
- develop more self-compassion and self-care
- learn tools of meditation and mindfulness practice that can be ongoing allies in finding more peace, acceptance and ease in our lives.
“Having a retreat for women veterans is so important. As women veterans we are all too often invisible warriors with invisible wounds. Many of us have suffered military sexual trauma. All of us have been harassed. Our competency is continually questioned and challenged. To survive we try not to draw attention to ourselves, neither being too good nor too bad at anything. Both within the military and in civilian life our service and sacrifice is ignored and not recognized. Coming together safely with other women veterans is essential in valuing ourselves and finding healing.” - Paige Jenkins, U.S. Navy Veteran
Tennessee residents who are female Veterans and have served since 1990 are eligible to participate in this retreat. There is no cost for the retreat, and transportation will be provided to the retreat site.
Registration for this event is now closed.
Lee Klinger Lesser, MS, is the Program Director and Co-founder of Veteran’s PATH. She has developed and led retreats for Veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has
been leading workshops in the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness since 1976, both in English and in Spanish, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Spain. She studied and co-taught with Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory
Awareness in the United States. She also had a parallel life as a national trainer in early childhood education, emotional intelligence, family support, diversity and equity for over 20 years.
Vanessa Meade, PsyD, LCSW, is the founder of the Alaska Veterans Organization for Women (A.V.O.W.), a U.S. Army/Gulf War Veteran, and a former Alaska State Trooper who lives in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed
clinical social worker. The focus of her doctoral studies was mindfulness-based practices with women veterans. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), is a recognized leader of Sensory Awareness, and facilitates mindfulness-based
retreats and programs. She is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the School of Social Work and has also worked in community mental health agencies and juvenile justice facilities.