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Ed Tick, Kate Dahlstedt, Charlie Pacello and Chuck Blocher

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded November 18 2021

This month’s meeting will focus us on breaking the trauma cycle and overcoming abusive relationships. We will be examining the archetypal matches that arise around abusive relationships. Part of our time together will be centered around how authentic spirituality takes shape in connection to abusive relationships. And we will be talking about steps to break free from these types of relationships.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded October 28 2021

This month’s conversation is devoted to rituals.

Rituals are a way of making something invisible, visible and tangible. They’re important ways to stay connected with ourselves and with others. Join us for a discussion on the importance of ritual, ways that we can implement them in our lives to maintain  a sense of community, as well as  benefit our mental and spiritual health. As veterans and other trauma survivors, rituals can be a key element in our healing and post trauma growth.

If you have a ritual you would like to share with the community, please bring it!

Our guest speaker, Don McCasland, is a 20+ year veteran has developed his own ritual to guide him through his trauma. Therapy was helpful, but Don quickly realized that this alone would not help him deal with his experiences. Ritual helped him to connect with his inner strengths, to not only deal with past experiences, but to be able to face any challenges he might have in the future.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded September 30 2021

The Fall of Kabul mirrored in many ways the Fall of Saigon, ending a never-ending war in Afghanistan, with the Taliban regaining control, leaving many who served in this war feeling betrayed by our leaders, and full of anger and shame over the abandonment of those who helped us and trusted us. Like Viet Nam, many are asking  ‘What was it all for?’ This month, our Gathering of Warriors is focused on healing our fighters and their families who served in this campaign, and who are confronting the sorrow, shame, grief, and moral injuries accumulated over many deployments. We will discuss and share how the War in Afghanistan has impacted and changed us as a people and nation. We invite all who love our men and women who served to join us for this very important evening of healing.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded July 29 2021

This month’s session will be led by Robert LeHeup, the founder of Bullets and Bandaids. When we come back from war, many of us don’t know what to do with the story trapped inside of us. Bullets and Bandaids is a solution that uses creative expression to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians. They match veterans with writers and artists to tell their stories through original collaborative artwork, presented in a touring art show. Robert will be sharing veteran stories and the artwork that emerged from the collaboration with the group, and offer a short demonstration of how this process works.

Robert LeHeup joined the Marine Corps infantry in 2000 and was part of the initial push into Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, where he received a Certificate of Commendation for his participation in the capture of the Kandahar Airport, as well as the Navy Achievement Medal for the taking of the Embassy in Kabul. Leaving the Marine Corps as a sergeant, he began working with artists in multiple different media and dedicated hundreds of hours and raised thousands of dollars for local charities, as well as volunteering to teach creative writing to underprivileged children in and inmates in detention centers in North and South Carolina. He’s a graduate from the University of South Carolina, where he won awards for outstanding work in the field of Writing for Media Arts. He is also a member of the Global Alliance for a Peaceful Earth, or AGAPE.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded June 24 2021

Our guest speaker this month is Linda Thai. Linda’s presentation draws upon research literature as well as narrative reconstruction of her lived experiences as a Vietnamese Boat Person. Linda will speak about  intergenerational trauma, and the impact of forced migration, combined with acculturation and enculturation pressures upon the subsequent generation. As we know, unnameable losses cannot be grieved, and can manifest as clinical expressions of mental illness. Ambiguous grief – once named – will allow us to forge a collective path of healing and reclamation.

Restoring the Soul After War: A Virtual Memorial Day Retreat

Recorded May 31 2021

Since the earliest days of decorating the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers with flowers, we have come together as a nation to remember our fallen. On Memorial Day, we honor and grieve for those who've made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Memorial Day is more than laying wreaths down or placing flags. It is a sacred day of solemnity as we reflect on the sacrifices made by those whose voices we never heard but who paid with their life for our freedoms. We pause for communal mourning, remembrance, song, honor and making meaning. Our Memorial Day ceremony is designed to ensoul the community with the true intent behind the holiday, which, in truth, is a very holy day. Please join Dr. Edward Tick, Kate Dahlstedt, and Charlie Pacello for the 7th Annual Memorial Day retreat sponsored by Rowe Conference Center on Monday May 31st, from 11-2 PM EST. We hope you will find hope, healing, and meaning with us this coming Memorial Day.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Frederick Marx (Hoop Dreams, etc) will join us, premiere a short trailer on war healing and join us in discussion and action toward memorializing our losses and healing from violence.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded May 27 2021

For our May gathering, Gail Soffer, founder of the Mindful Veteran Project, will guide us in a rich, inspiring, supportive, healing deep dive into the themes in Shakespeare’s play/Verdi’s opera “Macbeth.” After a quick summary of the story line, we will explore some of the themes that are incredibly relevant to and connected with the military experience as well as to current events. There will be a brief segment during which we write about what might have come up for us – insights, emotions, etc. – and discover how even our dark, traumatic experiences are part of the human experience across time and culture, and how much more our own lives are, indeed, art. (Safety and confidentiality is maintained with whatever is shared verbally and in writing in all Mindful Veteran Project groups.)
To prepare for this meeting, we offer you these free  links:
1 – Shakespeare’s MacBeth play in full: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/macbeth/index.html
2 – Shakespeare’s MacBeth YourTube play acted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcD_wlFgeb0
3 – Verdi’s Opera MacBeth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macbeth_(opera)
4 – Verdi’s Opera YouTube with subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znFIV33RTXI
5 – Verdi’s Opera performed by The Metropoletan Opera (pay-per-view): https://www.metopera.org/season/on-demand/opera/?upc=811357017623
6 – Two page synopsis of MacBeth provided by Mindful Warrior Project: McbSynopsisSm

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded April 22 2021

Please join Charlie Pacello, MA, and Chuck Blocher, Ph.D, as they continue to facilitate  our discussion on Non-Combatants and Moral Injury, an issue facing a great majority of us veterans, and most of society.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded March 25 2021

Non-combatants and Moral Injury: Most of our warrior brothers and sisters did not step onto the battlefield and engage in combat. Modern technology and weaponry have allowed us to become physically distanced from the fields of war, but not from it’s psychological, moral, and spiritual impact. What about those who stand in the rear, or watch from above, or prepare for and launch the missiles of nuclear annihilation? Is their suffering less? What about our citizens’ moral injury? Civilians and our entire society is morally injured yet unwilling to look at this collective shadow, and thus the vets carry the pain society doesn’t want to own.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded January 28 2021

Our gathering this month will focus, in both personal and collective ways, on the attack on our US Capital and the ongoing challenges to the Constitution and our democracy. As spiritual warriors, we will explore our personal responses, values and commitments as well as possible actions we might take.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded December 18 2020

“The Christmas Truce Then and Now: Transcending War, Making Peace”. We will revisit the famous World War I Christmas truce in the trenches and consider how those combatants transcended their conflicts to celebrate a common humanity. We will apply those lessons to our own times and conflicts and use this holiday season to inspire our continued efforts toward peace and healing. We will also share the wisdom we have gained from our year of Warrior Gatherings.

Warrior’s Gathering: A Veteran’s Day Mini Retreat for All

Recorded November 11 2020

Veteran's Day is the traditional Armistice Day, a time set aside after World War I to contemplate the costs of war and work together for its end. We experience the ravages of war and violence everywhere today and that dream of war’s end has not come true. We invite you to join us for a mini-retreat on this sacred day. Through song, story, teachings, ceremonies and rituals, and small and large group work, we will together honor all who have served and sacrificed, witness and heal each other’s wounds, and transform the legacy of war and warriorhood toward the practice of peace and healing for all.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded October 29 2020

This week's special guest: Vietnam veteran Floyd Striegel. Floyd will be just back from working with indigenous shamans in Africa on trauma healing. Our theme will be the use of indigenous practices for war and trauma healing.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded September 24 2020

This week's focus: “Healing and Reconciliation Between Former Foes” Guest: Dr. John Fisher, chiropractor, Vietnam veteran, author. John will present his new book Dak To Rx, a memoir of his return journeys to Vietnam for healing, peacemaking and service to all war wounded.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded August 27 2020

Warriors are sworn to preserve and protect. They run into danger, while others flee. They are best suited to respond in times of crisis because they have already served in the zones of hell, and their purpose is to serve and sacrifice for the good of others. At the same time, having been exposed to violent threats, they are vulnerable to increased trauma and breakdown. This two hour gathering will be co-facilitated by Dr. Ed Tick, specialist in military, violent and global trauma healing, author of six books, director emeritus of Soldier’s Heart, Inc.; Kate Dahlstedt, co-founder of Soldier’s Heart and veteran and family specialist; and Charlie Pacello, veteran, healer, advocate, coach and teacher.

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded August 13 2020

Agent Orange Roundup is an expose and eulogy by two Marine combat veterans. Dynamic illustrations, short stories and poetry vividly capture the journey of wartime survival, the return to community, and as they will discover after decades – the long reach of the God of War. Their Golden Years fall under the Shadow of stage four cancers with enough time to write and reflect. Join them at the end of life as they share experiences, memories and feelings with the America and chemical conglomerate who sent them into harm’s way. This work is mature, sometimes angry and brutal and thoroughly American. This is not only about Agent Orange and the Vietnam War. Rather, the hundred-year old company produces chemicals that continue to poison bodies and planet. Not only through spirit but through our challenges we learn again that we are all connected more than any of us realize. Available Aug. 10 on Amazon, Kindle, and at Bookstand Publishing

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded July 30 2020

Warriors are sworn to preserve and protect. They run into danger, while others flee. They are best suited to respond in times of crisis because they have already served in the zones of hell, and their purpose is to serve and sacrifice for the good of others. At the same time, having been exposed to violent threats, they are vulnerable to increased trauma and breakdown. This two hour gathering will be co-facilitated by Dr. Ed Tick, specialist in military, violent and global trauma healing, author of six books, director emeritus of Soldier’s Heart, Inc.; Kate Dahlstedt, co-founder of Soldier’s Heart and veteran and family specialist; and Charlie Pacello, veteran, healer, advocate, coach and teacher.

This week's focus: What is patriotism today? What should it mean? What are warriors' responsibilities for defining, developing, representing it?

A Gathering Of Warriors During Global Crisis

Recorded July 16 2020

Warriors are sworn to preserve and protect. They run into danger, while others flee. They are best suited to respond in times of crisis because they have already served in the zones of hell, and their purpose is to serve and sacrifice for the good of others. At the same time, having been exposed to violent threats, they are vulnerable to increased trauma and breakdown. This two hour gathering will be co-facilitated by Dr. Ed Tick, specialist in military, violent and global trauma healing, author of six books, director emeritus of Soldier’s Heart, Inc.; Kate Dahlstedt, co-founder of Soldier’s Heart and veteran and family specialist; and Charlie Pacello, veteran, healer, advocate, coach and teacher.

This week's focus: As warriors, what have we learned and sacrificed about maintaining and protecting our democracy? What are our duties and responsibilities today under these pressing health, environmental and political crises?

Ed Tick

Ed Tick

Ed is an internationally recognized educator, author and expert on the military, veterans, PTSD, Vietnam, and the psychology, spirituality and history of global trauma, warrior traditions, and military-related issues. For four decades he has conducted trainings, retreats and workshops across the country and overseas at major Department of Defense and Veteran Administration facilities and at colleges, universities, hospitals, health care and community centers across the country, and overseas. Ed co-founded the nonprofit Soldier's Heart, Inc. with his partner Kate Dahlstedt and for 13 years served as its director. He now consults internationally on these issues.
In addition to War and the Soul, Ed is the author of the books Sacred Mountain, The Practice of Dream Healing, Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls, and Warrior's Return, as well as the poetry collections The Bull Awakening and The Golden Tortoise.

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Kate Dahlstedt

Kate Dahlstedt

Kate Dahlstedt, M.A, has worked with veterans and their families for over 27 years. She founded Soldier’s Heart with her husband and partner Dr. Edward Tick, and she directed the Soldier’s Heart Military Families Project and Athena’s Shield for Women Project, connecting women from around the country through teleconferencing for support and to share the impact of war on their lives. She provides consultation, training, supervision and advanced education to other professionals and clergy, organizations, communities and colleges on veterans’ emotional and spiritual concerns. Kate holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology as well as post-graduate certification from the Hartford Family Institute. She has maintained a private practice for nearly three decades, is an experienced group leader, and has additional clinical experience in sexual assault, Hospice and college counseling. She is a published writer of journal articles, poetry and anthology chapters and has also been an adjunct professor at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

Charlie Pacello

Charlie Pacello

Charlie Pacello is a self-help teacher, life coach, actor, and humanitarian. An Air Force veteran and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Charles provides individuals and groups the tools they need to heal, renew, and transform. He lives in Denver and currently hosts the popular radio/TV show ‘The Council’ which broadcasts live on www.KUHSdenver.com to listeners all around the globe.