We have a history dedicated to women veterans.
Previously known as CenterPoint Retreats, these retreats were established in 2011 for the express purpose of offering high quality, outdoor-based recovery services for female veterans.
In 2011 and 2012, a series of six 6-day retreats for OEF/OIF female veterans was funded by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. This was a pilot program through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those retreats, which continued until 2020, were directed and facilitated by the current staff of Rooted Within retreats (formerly CenterPoint Retreats), at different locations around the country.
The last two retreats (2020) of the series were cancelled due to the safety concerns of COVID.
Over 400 female veterans participated in the series of 18 retreats from 2011 to 2020, with phenomenal results that were measured in longitudinal outcome studies.
These 400 female Veterans who participated in these programs have shaped the structure and richness of the retreat format into the current delivery. These retreats offer opportunity for female veterans to reconnect to themselves, one another, and to life itself.
Noteworthy retreat outcomes include:
81% of participants reported a decrease in stress symptoms, as measured two months after the retreat
82% at two months post-retreat were using positive coping skills more frequently than before the retreat
85% showed increased scores on a measurement of psychological well-being.
Written feedback from participants showed an overwhelmingly positive response to the retreats, and the majority of participants made significant changes in their relationship to stress and challenging life circumstances after returning home.
Due to the health and safety concerns of COVID, funding was terminated as of April 2020. This year, 2020, was the end of our contracted programs through Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.
We are actively looking for VA grants and additional sources of funding to continue the program. We are fiercely dedicated to serve women veterans.
Please contact us if you are interested in supporting this effort.