Welcome Home Program for Returning Combat Veterans
Free Weekend Retreats in Payson
The Merritt Center is offering a special educational retreat program for combat veterans. With the assistance of mentors, who are veterans themselves, and healing practitioners; returning vets will open the program with a Talking Circle to begin to release the experiences of war, and to begin to create the dream of a new life.
Through group and individual activities, participating veterans will learn to recognize the triggers of negative combat experience and learn ways to release negativity and reorder their personal priorities. They will learn to cleanse themselves of toxins of mind, body, emotions and spirit. The final retreat weekend will include family members who will join in a celebration of service and the awakening of a new vision of their future.
All returning veterans are welcomed to participate free of charge.
Seeking Women Combat Veterans for our next FREE four weekend program starting Feb. 26-Feb. 28, 2016. For more information on this retreat and resources for women vets contact us.

Men 2016 Retreat Dates
Four Free Weekends
for combat vets:

March 18-20, 2016
May 20-22, 2016
July 15-17, 2016
Sept. 16-18, 2016

Women 2016 Retreat Date
Four Free Weekends
for combat vets:

Feb 26-Feb. 28, 2016
April 15-17, 2016
June 10-12, 2016
Aug 12-14, 2016

Overview of Training for Trainers:
Sept. 8-11 for those leaders adding elements from this program to their programs.
Workshop, Lodging/food: $360.

Train the Trainer Intensive workshop for those leaders starting a program for returning veterans in another locale based on this program. This is a mirror of the four weekend retreat program. Call Betty for more information.
Lodging/food: $725.

7 Day Program for Men

May 18-25, 2016

7 Day Program for Women

Apr. 13-20, 2016

Vet. Family Pilot Program:

June 3-5, 2016, Aug 19-21, 2016

Applications from Vet Mentor families
being accepted NOW!



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