Healing of Memories Workshop for Veterans and First Responders

November 4, 2016 - November 6, 2016


November 4-6, 2016: Healing of Memories Workshop for Veterans and First Responders


healing-of-memories-vets-firstrespondersThis workshop developed by the Institute for the Healing of Memories (IHOM) is a response to the emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses and other traumatic circumstances. It provides a safe place for participants to explore personal histories and gain insight and empathy for themselves and others.

Participation provides a safe experiential and interactive way to overcome anger, loss grief and guilt and can be one step on the journey to healing and wholeness. It contributes not only to personal healing, but also to the healing of interpersonal relationships.  More about what to expect…

“We are all in need of healing, because of what we have done, what has been done to us, and what we failed to do. This is true of individuals, communities and nations.”
-Fr. Michael Lapsley, Founder

Trained Facilitators:

sheila-laughtonSheila Laughton is a program manager and spiritual director for the veterans Welcome Home Program at the Loyola Spirituality Center in St Paul, MN. A retired officer, married to a veteran, with sons in the Army and Air Force, she has experienced military life from multiple perspectives. She is a director, teacher and group facilitator with 10+ years of experience in these areas plus 25 years in management. Sheila has been a facilitator/trainer with Healing of Memories-MN for 5 years, and is also involved with the Women Veterans Initiative. She holds a MA in Theology, Certificate of Spiritual Direction, St. Catherine University , and a MS  in Guidance and Counselling, Creighton University.

margaret-fellMargaret Fell has worked with Fr. Michael Lapsley and the Institute for Healing of Memories since 2007. She was one of the founding members of a working group of the Minnesota’s Warrior to Citizen Campaign which has offered the Healing of Memories workshops for veterans since 2009.  She served as Chair of the Institute for Healing of Memories-North America from 2011- 2014 and has been a Healing of Memories workshop facilitator since 2011. Margaret is an Episcopal priest.  She holds a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary/Seabury Western Theological Seminary. The focus of her ministry is working with Healing of Memories for Veterans workshops.


FREE to Veterans and Retired First Responders

Cost for Active First Responders (please let us know if a scholarship is needed):
Shared Room – $195 per person
Private Room – $245 per person
Includes: two nights lodging, and program and all materials, all meals starting with 6pm dinner on Fri, Nov. 4, through Lunch on Sun, Nov. 6, with program ending at 2:00pm.

To Register: Either Download PDF brochure and complete registration form and mail in, OR  call Cyndy at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center at (480) 488-5218. Sorry, no online registration available for this retreat.  Space is limited; register early.

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