The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park Phase 1 groundbreaking in 2015
A one of a kind place of healing from the visible and invisible wounds of war that combines integration, nature, outdoor activities, physical activities and family building challenges! This will be the first retreat in America that is stream lined for military families. No long application process and no long waiting list. Military families will be able to show up with their DD214, VA Card or active duty military card and get in for free to enjoy great outdoor activities and our new “Healing Areas”. The nature park will be open to the public to help with the integration healing for military families.
We are currently raising funds to build The Active Heroes Retreat. You can help hundreds of military families visit the retreat by donating to this program. We hope to open the Active Heroes Retreat by 2015 to bring together many veterans and build leaders that help veterans in their own communities
Healing through Integration
Integration is the first step towards healing. Many veterans and military families dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) struggle with going out into the public. The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park is designed to give these families a safe place where they can intermingle with the public and have “Healing Areas” to get alone time.
The retreat will be open to the public and military families from Wednesday through Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Additionally, every last weekend of the month, the retreat will be open only for military families for those who are struggling with a greater level of PTSD and do not want to be around the public. The public will have to watch a mandatory video upon entering the retreat located in the main office area that will educate them on PTSD, veteran suicide, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic epilepsy, how to approach military families at the retreat and where the healing areas are located so they remain for military families only.
Healing through Nature
The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park is located on 144 beautiful acres seated in between rolling hills and valleys with 4 dedicated flat sections. The retreat embodies healing by giving military families a place where they can leave their personal problems behind and step into the warm embrace of nature, whether it be a green, mossy grove, the military family garden or the rocky hills. Visitors can expect to see deer, turtles, hawks, black racer snakes, fish and even a petting zoo with mini horses and goats.
Healing through Outdoor activities
Many adults enjoy the serenity of spending time relaxing with outdoor activities as a way to escape the stress and craziness of everyday life. Not only can fresh air and natural scenery have a positive impact on adults, outdoor activities for children can also improve the overall quality of kids’ lives. The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature Park will have several outdoor activities that will comfort every member of the military family. Kids will enjoy the lake for swimming, canoeing and paddle boats but there are also 5 separate streams or ponds for fishing. Other outdoor activities include the honor hiking trail that follows the outer edge of the retreat, archery, biking, rope and rock climbing walls and a kids playground.
Healing through Fitness and Sports activities
Active Heroes is a charity that is all about getting active! The retreat will introduce sports and fitness activities as an additional way to relieve stress, have fun and to build upon physical fitness. The sports activities will include Louisville Slugger batting cages, a basketball court, tug of war sand pit, horse shoes, bocci ball, football, ultimate frisbee and soccer field, sports toss and a slack line for balancing.
Healing through Family building challenges
The Active Heroes Retreat and Nature park is designed with the military family in mind. As phases of the retreat are built, we will introduce additional challenges to inspire the families to work together to complete. These challenges include geocaching, a rope climbing course and a hide and seek mystery.
Veterans and Military Families: Free
Public Adults and children: Family Monthly Membership Fee
Military Family is defined by: veteran, spouse, children, parents, siblings and children of siblings.