Nevada County has the honor of hosting a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) retreat, called “Soldier’s Heart” scheduled for August 24 – 28 of this year. The retreat has proven to be extremely successful for healing PTSD. It is conducted 4 times a year in different cities across the nation, and is a small, manageable retreat of 30 people. Created by Dr. Edward Tick, the nation’s foremost expert on PTSD and war healing, the retreat is modeled after his groundbreaking book War and the Soul. Dr. Tick says what we call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the inevitable wounding that comes from war or violence, anytime, anyplace.
“There are, of course, variations of the wars and in the specific conditions. But we know that this wound and its symptoms that we have today occurred in the ancient times. We have records from Egyptian hieroglyphics, from ancient Greek writings and Roman writings, it’s in the bible.”
Dr. Tick discovered that American Indian Veterans have a very low percentage of PTSD compared to the rest of our Veterans. Because their methods of preparing their soldiers upon leaving for war and returning home, involves the whole community of civilians honoring, embracing, respecting and carrying the soldier’s burden.
“We also need the concept, ‘post traumatic growth’ to accompany the term ‘post traumatic stress disorder.’ It is not necessarily a lifelong, chronic condition you only have to manage. You really can grow and heal. We want everyone to know that and provide the greatest opportunity for healing and homecoming possible.”
Soldiers Heart is an organization that provides veterans, family members, helping professionals and the community an opportunity to learn and practice ways of healing from war. Tuition room and board for the Soldier’s Heart Retreat in Nevada County is $960 but sponsorships are available. Donations for sponsorships are also gratefully accepted. Information is available at soldiersheart.net or by calling (518) 274-0501.