Retreat programs are one week in length and consist of immersive experiential group and individual activities designed to enable the Guardian participants to develop healthy and productive responses to the residual effects of their service and experienced trauma. A typical week will begin with a Sunday afternoon check-in followed by an introduction and orientation to the Guardian Hills campus.
Each of the six to eight Guardians has a private bedroom and bathroom in one of the four-bedroom cabins. All meals are served in the dining facility with an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle. Monday through Friday, participants are guided through a series of interactive programs which will involve such activities as archery, horses, creative expression, physical training, a labyrinth, nature trails, yoga and an evening fireside after action report.
Staff includes trained professional therapists, counselors and psychologists as well as veteran mentors who will be available for not only the group activities, but individual discussions as well. Saturday morning will be focused on summarizing the week’s experience, discussing long term follow up by Guardian Hills and arranging the appropriate level of local home area support that will be needed to assist each Guardian in their healing journey.