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Days of Reflection and Wellness for Female Veterans: “Coming Home, Becoming Whole”
Facilitators: Maria DiBello, RSM and Cathy Maguire, RSM
Cost: FREE (includes lunch)

Spring into New Life: “Spring reminds us of how beautiful change can be.”
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Summer Relaxation Retreat: “Summer is the fullness of light within and without.”
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Women veterans face unique challenges when returning from combat, often carrying stress, grief, numbness, and anxiety in their spirits and bodies. These days of reflection, healing and wellness offer opportunities to come together in a supportive environment with others who have shared similar experiences. We invite you to come to Cranaleith to tend to your soul-wounds of war; rekindle hope and compassion and reconnect to the wisdom of your own heart.

Community Clergy Training Program: Ministering to Veterans
May 6-7, 2019
Cost: FREE (includes meals)

Many Veterans and their family members seek help for their problems from clergy because they feel the faith community can provide anonymity, confidentiality and a stigma-free environment. Yet clergy members sometimes have limited knowledge about readjustment difficulties and the unique health issues such as post-traumatic stress, or depression common to returning warriors. This event can help prepare you to support them.

Community Clergy Training Program: Ministering to Veterans
8:00 am
Community Clergy Training Program: Ministering to Veterans A free, two-day, interactive training is co-sponsored by the VA National Chaplain Center and Cranaleith Spiritual Center Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese...
Day of Reflection for Female Veterans: Summer Relaxation
10:00 am
Women veterans face unique challenges when returning from combat, often carrying stress, grief, numbness, and anxiety in their spirits and bodies. This day of reflection, healing and wellness is an opportunity to come together in...

Aronda Smith-Benson

Stories of Transformation

Aronda Smith-Benson is a member of Cranaleith’s board and a decorated Army veteran. “Safety, reverence, and gentle guidance welcome those who come to Cranaleith’s retreat days for women vets,” says Aronda. Women can tell their stories from an honest place, and be invited to find hope, resilience, and courage within themselves. I see enormous possibilities for Cranaleith to connect to service-providers, and offer something essential to healing the wounds so many carry.”