Impact of Woodworking Therapy
Provides Peace and Relief
Woodworking provides an opportunity for healing, growth, and renewal. There is a satisfying feeling of peace in taking a piece of wood and turning it into something useful, practical, and beautiful.
Leads to Empowerment and Renewed Purpose
For many veterans, as their woodworking project takes shape, so does a new outlook on life. Veterans are able to build their skill up to a level of professionalism that can create vocational opportunities.
Helps Take Control of PTSD/CPTSD
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that is developed after experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event, such as combat. CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) is a result of repeated trauma that may have lasted for months or years. Woodworking is a proven form of art therapy that allows veterans who are struggling to cope take control of their symptoms through creative expression.
Why Group Therapy?
Group behavioral treatments are recommended for PTSD so people can experience trauma healing within the safety, cohesion, and empathy provided by other survivors, and so they can regain the ability to form trusting relationships (National Center for PTSD). Group treatment is particularly useful for combat-related PTSD because military training and combat operations are group experiences and traumatic experiences in the military are typically managed in the context of a group.
Woodworking Can Help:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Stress Management
- Anger Management
- Transitioning Skills
- Distraction Therapy
- Depression & Anxiety
- Communication Skills
- Emotion Regulation
- Problem Solving
What can you expect at a Woodworking Retreat?
If you’re not local to our area, round trip transportation arrangements will be made and provided for you free of charge. Options include airfare, train or rental car. We do not want transportation to cause anyone to miss out on an opportunity to be a part of a Woodworking Retreat.
Lodging will be provided as part of your Woodworking Retreat. If you are within a reasonable driving distance, you are welcome to stay at your own home and commute back and forth.
Our hope for your Woodworking Retreat is that you leave equipped with a working knowledge of hand tools and the therapeutic benefits of woodworking.
Participants do not need to own or have prior experience with hand tools. Everything you need for your time with us will be provided.
Interested in Attending an Upcoming Retreat?
Here’s the Process to Apply:
Take 3 minutes to fill out our Registration Form.
Step 2-Submit Docs
Send us a copy of your DD214.
Step 3-Choose Your Week
Once we have all of your information, we’ll help schedule your week retreat with us.
Ready to Apply?
Now’s the time to take a step toward learning a new skill, finding an avenue to cope with struggles you are facing and be a part of a brotherhood that understands what you are going through.