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 and Warrior Couples Retreats, military families and couples can get away to the country for a weekend with horses 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. At the Warrior Family Retreat, children also get the opportunity to share their deployment experiences with their peers and have fun family time with their parents. At both retreats, everyone enjoys stress-free fun time, handling and riding horses and making lifetime 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
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With the help of the equine-assisted therapists, the retreats help couples and young adults work through separation related issues and conflicts. These sessions provide them with valuable tools to cope and communicate even after the Warrior Family Retreat is over.
Sample activities include:
- Equine-assisted team building
- Family art projects
- Secrets of a horse whisperer
- Learning to ride a horse
- Fun family/couples activities
- Barbeque and campfire
The Warrior Family Retreats are FREE for military families, thanks to the generosity and appreciation of an all-volunteer staff, individual donors and corporate supporters. Hotel and meals are included for all family members from infants to adults. Daycare is provided for infants and toddlers at the Warrior Family Retreat.
Learn about the experiences of military families:
Article from Northwest Guardian newspaper
- 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
You can thank our military families for their service by volunteering for the Warrior Family Retreat. There are positions for childcare, feeding, family activities, horse handling and more. Sign up today!
June 5 – 7, 2020 Couples Retreat
August 21 – 23, 2020 Family Retreat
Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center
32925-A SE 46th St.
Fall City, WA 98024