Warrior Family Retreat

There are many military programs to help warriors transition from the battlefront to the homefront, but the families are often left to deal with deployment challenges on their own. Through the Warrior Family Retreats, families of military personnel who have been deployed overseas can get away to the country for a weekend retreat and family healing time.

Since 2010 the program has helped military families address the transition challenges experienced by their soldier or sailor returning from a long separation and the realities of war. Husbands and wives work with certified equine-assisted therapists to learn new life skills and reconnect as loving partners. Children get the opportunity to share their deployment experiences with peers and art therapists. Everyone enjoys stress-free, fun time handling and riding horses and making a lifetime of memories.

“We’ve been involved in countless retreats, and this experience you can’t teach in a classroom.  It’s a sacred moment that is etched in our shared memories and has helped keep me going in this gauntlet of finishing this assignment well.  Thank you for making this possible for our military families.” Ashley Murray, Warrior Family Retreat Participant

Read the full text of Ashley’s speech

Sample activities include:

  • Equine-assisted team building
  • Child and family art projects
  • Secrets of a horse whisperer
  • Learning to ride horses
  • Family wagon rides
  • Horse games
  • “Daddy/Mommy and Me” time
  • FREE to military families
  • Hotel and meals included
  • All ages (Infant /child care available by request)
    Click here for sample agenda (pdf)

With the help of certified equine assisted therapists the Retreat helps spouses and children work through separation related issues and conflicts. These therapy sessions provide them with valuable tools to cope, even after the Warrior Family Retreat is over.

Learn about the experiences of military families:

Article from Northwest Guardian newspaper

See a short slide show

Military support

  • Soldier Family Activity Center (SFAC), Joint Base Lewis McChord
  • Military & Family Life Consultant Program (MFLC), Joint Base Lewis McChord
  • Army Chaplain Corps, Joint Base Lewis McChord
  • Fleet and Family Support Center, Naval Region Northwest
  • Navy Chaplain Corps, Naval Region Northwest

Community Support





All family lodging and meal expenses are paid for through generous contributions to the NWNHC Family Fund. The event is not possible without your blessings. Contact us for more information or to volunteer your time or services.

Warrior Family Retreats

August 24-26, 2018  WAIT LIST ONLY
June 7 – 9, 2019
August 23 – 25, 2019
Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center
32925 SE 46th St.
Fall City, Wash.

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