Edward Tick, Ph.D., is executive director of Soldier’s Heart, a non-profit veterans’ healing initiative. He was the U.S. Army’s Expert Trainer in PTSD in 2012, training over 2,000 military chaplains in the holistic and spiritual response to war trauma. Ed has trained staff and conducted retreats at West Point; Walter Reed Medical Center; Forts Bragg, Hood, and Knox; Altus Air Force Base; and VA hospitals across the country. He has written the groundbreaking book War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the recently published Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul after War.
Kate Dahlstedt, M.A., co-founded Soldier’s Heart and co-created the Soldier’s Heart Model with Ed. She currently directs the Soldier’s Heart Women and War project, focusing on working with women troops and veterans and connecting women military’s family members from around the country for support by sharing the effect of war on their lives. She designs and co-leads with Ed intensive war-healing retreats and healing journeys to Vietnam and Greece and consults and trains on the topic of veterans’ emotional and spiritual concerns.
Edward Tick & Kate Dahlstedt
This retreat honors the original spirit and meaning of Memorial Day and is for all people who wish to heal the effect of war on themselves, their families, and our nation.
Memorial Day began during the Civil War as a day set aside to honor and grieve the fallen from both sides. All of us, especially our veterans and their families, feel the effect of war and need such sacred times, removed from life’s pressures, to reflect and heal from our war wounds, losses, and concerns. Ed and Kate have worked with veterans and their families for nearly three decades. They invite you–whether you’re a veteran, active-duty military service member, family member, helping professional, or other caring civilian–to join this Memorial Day intensive retreat. They’ll introduce you to a pioneering method of healing, exploring the inner world of combat and the universal dimensions of warriorhood through storytelling, self- and family testimonies, history, mythology, cross-cultural ceremonies, and more. You’ll practice guiding warriors and civilians on the journey to restoring wholeness, working together to help rebuild identities, shrink trauma, and bring meaning to tragedy.
This workshop ends on Monday after lunch and costs an additional $140 for the extra day. Please add that amount to your total when you register.
Scholarships for veterans are available. If you would like to have a scholarship form sent to you, please call us at 413-339-4954.