FREE Workshop for Veterans

H‚Äčealing of Memories FREE Workshop for Veterans and Retired First Responders Returns to Arizona - November 4 through 6

The Healing of Memories for Veterans and Retired First Responders Workshop is again coming to Arizona on November 4-6, 2016 at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree. This workshop has been conducted seven times for Arizona men and women vets of all eras with good reviews from the 95+ vets who have attended. It is designed to help vets heal from the emotional and spiritual affects of their military experiences by providing them the opportunity to tell the stories of the memories that continue to give them pain in a confidential, trusting environment with other veterans. The workshop begins with dinner at 6pm on Friday, November 4 and ends at 2pm on Sunday, November 6.The workshop is free of charge for veterans, including all meals and two nights lodging. Transportation will be provided to veterans or retired first responders in the Phoenix area who need it.

The Healing of Memories Workshop was created by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican missionary priest, who in 1990 suffered the loss of his hands and the sight in one eye from a letter bomb that was sent to him in Zimbabwe by a supporter of the pro-apartheid government in South Africa. After a long recovery from the bombing, Father Lapsley decided to dedicate his life to helping victims of emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses and other traumatic circumstances. He founded the Institute for Healing Memories in South Africa in 1998. Their mission is to facilitate the healing process of individuals, communities and nations.

Veterans or Retired First Responders of any era may register free for the workshop by calling Cyndy at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, 480-488-5218, email:, or on the web: Registrations are limited to the first 20 veterans or first responders who register so if you are interested register early.

If you are interested in donating a full or partial tax deductible scholarship for a veteran, please contact Cyndy or visit the website. Partial funding is provided by a grant from the Arizona Department of Veterans Services.

The workshop is being coordinated by Mike Wold, a Navy Vietnam veteran and an Arizona resident. For more information about this workshop, its leaders, goals, concepts and any other questions contact him at or 651-687-9767 (cell). 
Mike Wold, PO Box 1463, Carefree, AZ 85377
651-687-9767 (cell)

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