Fleming works with the RAVETS organization to help maintain the campus. Whether they are repairing fences, cleaning up the archery range, splitting wood or helping organize office space, employees are eager to get involved.
“I feel so much better just after being on the grounds,” Fleming said. “It’s a restorative place.”
A retreat for restoration
Organizers call it “The Retreat,” and with good reason. The 130-acre property is home to the Family Rest and Reconnection program, and it’s open to combat veterans and their families for hiking, fishing, archery and team-building activities. Participants stay in fully furnished ranch-style homes for two to seven nights, all at no cost.
Boulder Crest also offers an 18-month program called the Warrior PATHH, short for Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes. It starts with a seven-day on-site initiation at the Sonoita or Bluemont, Virginia, locations, where groups of six to eight people meet and take part in intensive, immersive training.
“Through coordinated group and individual experiences, veterans find ways to refocus, recharge and rediscover their purpose,” Wood said.
Veterans learn the benefits of meditation, as well as the benefits of equine-assisted connection activities and tension relief practices like archery. After the week is over, participants continue to connect and receive support through virtual learning.
The latest efforts to grow the virtual curriculum are allowing Boulder Crest to expand its reach nationally.
“Boulder Crest isn’t just changing lives,” Fleming said. “It’s saving lives.”
The organization accepts new applicants for Warrior PATHH year-round. To learn more, visit Boulder Crest Foundation.