WVSJ Retreats Program Overview


Introduction: WVSJ offers veterans a unique program of four types of retreats which are graduated in length, to meet the identified needs of women veterans in Georgia and the southeast. These retreats include:

  • half-day co-ed adaptive physical challenge retreats, indoor and/or outdoor, that build small group connections and offer athletic challenges;
  • half day and one-day healing retreats for women veterans who may be struggling with physical, emotional, relational, and moral injuries sustained while in service and that may hold them back from moving forward;
  • long weekend retreats for women veterans who are moving forward/well-established and need a short “time out” for self-care, networking, and leadership skills building; and
  • long weekend mother/children retreats for single veteran parents and their children to bond in an outdoor setting and connect through nature, guided indoor and outdoor programs, and structured recreation.

We welcome corporate and private sponsors and donors and in-kind donations to support this program.

WVSJ Retreats were initiated in 2014 with seed money from individual and small groups of civilian women invested in offering support to our women veterans. With matching funds, small grants, sponsorships and fundraising initiatives, WVSJ has expanded our Retreats as follows:

Half day Retreats:

  1. Physical Challenge Retreats
  • For men and women veterans who are ready for a supervised physical indoor or outdoor challenge (adaptive as needed) with veteran team building
  • Goals and Activities include: rock wall climbing, kayaking, and other metro-Atlanta area supervised physical adaptive challenge activities; small group team building.
  • Location and partners: metro Atlanta, WVSJ with another local veteran nonprofit. Fee: equipment rental as needed.
  1.   Women Veteran Self-Care Retreats
  • Similar to one day (see below) programs, no meals; light snacks and water provided.
  • Locations: horse farm Sandy Springs; retreat center/indoor contemplative setting in metro Atlanta. Fee: $10 nonrefundable deposit to hold space. Limit: 10 participants.

One (full) day Women Veterans Self-Care, Healing, or Special Topics Retreats

For women military and veterans with military related Physical, relational, emotional, moral injuries

  • Goals: Therapeutic skills building in a safe Small group environment, led by women clinicians and women veterans;
  • Max.10 participants; rolling applications
  • Interventions may include: Stress reduction training; Self-assessment; Provision of Resources (legal, financial, counseling, networking); Equine therapy; Expressive arts; goal setting; and mind, body, heart, spirit balance

Women Veterans Self-Care, Networking, and Leadership Retreats:

These retreats are typically based on time-share donations, and are scheduled for 3-4 nights:

For women veterans who are moving forward in their goals, work, relationships; need time for reflection and goal setting; and/or desire leadership training

  • Goals: to set personal and professional goals, build networking and leadership skills, connect with other transitioning women veterans, and practice self-care
  • Locations: resorts in remote GA and SC settings (mountains, beach); space donated
  • Maximum 8 participants. Each participant responsible for own transportation

3 night Weekend Women Veterans and Children Retreats:

For single-mother women veterans with children

  • Goal: strengthen family relationships, R&R, in a woodland or beach settings.
  • Locations: GA and SC retreat sites with multiple outdoor and indoor activities.
  • Maximum 10 families/30 participants.


Seeking corporate donors, grants, in-kind donations.  

Retreats Program Staff:

Retreats Program Coordinator: Carolyn Bacon

Retreats Advisor: Christiane O’Hara

Physical Challenge Co-Ed Half Day Retreats: BriGette McCoy

C. O’Hara for WVSJ 2/2017 ©