One of the greatest challenges we face as a country is helping our nation’s veterans and their families recover and reconnect from the physical and psychological traumas of war. One facility that is helping to tackle that challenge head on is the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia.
The Boulder Crest Retreat is located just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The facility is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is utilizing a mixture of equine therapy and other progressive therapeutic activities to help our soldiers “… to make the journey all the way home from war, and begin walking a new path – full of passion, purpose and service – here at home.”
Equine therapy is more than just therapeutic horseback riding. It’s about learning to care and work with the horses, giving veterans a sense of purpose and responsibility. It’s also about connecting with the animals on a deeper level. According to Boulder Crest Retreat, a recent study published in Biology Letters demonstrated that horses have the ability to recognize human emotions and facial expressions. In some cases, they can read us better than our family and friends.
In addition to equine therapy, the Retreat offers art, music, meditation, yoga, kayaking, hiking, horticultural, nutrition, and culinary programs to guests and their families. The classes and sessions are delivered by a combination of trained combat veteran mentors and world-class therapists. The lessons taught and experiences at the Retreat provide combat veterans and their families the tools to transform struggle into strength, and begin living a great life here at home.
If you’d like to learn more about the programs and services offered by the Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit their website at www.bouldercrestretreat.org.