A Trauma Healing Retreat for Military Veterans
2023 dates TBA
Our team is a dedicated group of volunteers who have served in the military or other uniformed service groups, and civilians.
We are a diverse group of trained Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, Life Coaches, Mindfulness-based facilitators, Yoga Teachers, Herbalists, Body Workers, and Acupuncturists, specializing in healing trauma and resolving chronic stress conditions.
Karen Henderson, MPH, LMT, SEP, BCST, RH(AHG)
Karen is the Veterans Resiliency Holistic Clinic Coordinator and a holistic health practitioner who integrates sound science, traditional wisdom and intuition in motivating others towards wellness. Her passion is assisting clients with releasing symptoms of physical and emotional trauma from the body and restoring nervous system regulation and resilience. Karen is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST), Clinical Herbalist (RH-AHG) with a Master of Science Degree in Therapeutic Herbalism, Certified Health Coach and has a Master of Science Degree in Public Health (MPH). Her training and personal experience with PTSD brings a combination that helps those experiencing the dis-ease of trauma.
Jared Smyser, Certified Wellness Coach
Jared Smyser served in the United States Marine Corps for nine years, deploying to Iraq and Central and South America. He held numerous jobs in the Marine Corps, including Artillery Section Chief, Martial Arts Instructor, Aviation Supply Expediter, and Vehicle Commander, running convoy-security missions throughout Iraq in 2005. After returning home and experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress, Jared became curious, and eventually very passionate, about alternative medicine, to include mindfulness, yoga, nutrition, and exercise, to name a few. He began practicing and making changes in his life and saw many benefits, which inspired him to pursue a career where he could share what he found with others. In 2012, he was honorably discharged and began working with the Mind Fitness Training Institute, training a variety of high stress civilian and military audiences in Mindfulness-based resilience skills. Jared has a bachelor’s degree in Digital Cinematography from Full Sail University and founded Still and Motion Art, a photography and videography company. He is a certified wellness coach through the Spencer Institute, a singer and songwriter, and is dedicated to helping others by sharing his many passions and and gifts.
Alexandra Whitney, PhD, SEP
Since 2018, Alexandra has worked closely with Dr. Peter A. Levine’s Ergos Institute of Somatic Education and Somatic Experiencing® International (SEI) to develop an effective Somatic Experiencing® - based retreat protocol for the treatment of combat and military service related PTSD. Alexandra is also the Principal Investigator for the Returning Home Project. A quantitative research study that is based on the 2019 Returning Home retreat that took place in Northport, Maine. The preliminary data from this study suggests positive clinical outcomes. The study will conclude with its findings in July 2020.