In 2011 and 2012, a series of six six-day retreats for OEF/OIF women veterans was funded by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, and was a pilot program through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those retreats, and an additional three retreats in 2015, were directed and facilitated by the current staff of CenterPoint, at different locations around the country.
CenterPoint Retreats was established in 2013 as an organization dedicated solely to offering high quality, outdoor-based recovery services for women veterans, and to replicating this model to reach a wider audience of women veterans.
Over 250 women veterans have participated in the series of 12 retreats in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016, with phenomenal results that were measured in longitudinal outcome studies. 81% of participants reported a decrease in stress symptoms, as measured two months after the retreat, and at two months post-retreat 82% were using positive coping skills more frequently than before the retreat. 85% showed increased scores on a measurement of psychological well-being. Written feedback from participants showed an overwhelmingly positive response to the retreats, and the majority of participants made significant changes in their relationship to stress and challenging life circumstances after returning home.
Three six-day retreats will be offered in 2017 as a continuation of the original series of retreats. We are currently looking for additional sources of funding to be able to reach more women veterans, including those that do not meet the eligibility requirements of the current funding. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting this effort.