Thursday, November 11, 11am-3pm EST

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*Financial aid is available if the fee is a hardship

As with our other online programs, the live session will also be recorded, so you can participate live AND/OR by watching the recording.

The info to access the recording will be shared after you register. The recording is available indefinitely, so you can watch (or re-watch!) any time.

About The Program

Check out Ed Tick’s article, Coming Home After War.

Veterans Day is the traditional Armistice Day, set aside after World War I to contemplate the costs of war and to work together for its end. We experience the ravages of violence everywhere today and that dream of war’s end has not come true. We must gather to honor the original meaning of this sacred day and help heal and transform our world.

Since the fall of Kabul many of us, veterans and non-veterans alike, have felt horror, grief, anger, and betrayal reminiscent of the final days of the Vietnam War. We fear for the fate of the Afghanistan people and the fate of our military allies that we might have to leave behind. Our hearts are broken and it is our nation’s veterans and military families who feel this anguish the most. Moral injury in our Veteran community is exploding because of what happened in Kabul. 

That’s why this Veteran’s Day, 2021 is so important. We, as a nation, must honor the great sacrifice, courage, dedication, commitment, and selflessness exhibited by our veterans who serve in our names when our country calls.  We must remind our veterans that what they did mattered and was honorable, even when the need for war is questionable. The community is honor bound to come together and bear witness to our veterans’ stories and provide our moral and spiritual support as we grieve for all the losses of war. 

Please join us for a virtual retreat on this sacred day. We will honor this time through song, poetry and story, teachings, ceremonies and rituals, small and large group work, and contemplation of our current challenges. A special feature will be a premier presentation of Ed’s newly published book Coming Home In Viet Nam. Gather with us to honor all who have served and sacrificed, witness and heal each other’s wounds, and transform the legacy of war and warriorhood toward the practice of peace and healing for all.

Meet the Presenter

Ed Tick

Ed Tick

Ed is an internationally recognized educator, author and expert on the military, veterans, PTSD, Vietnam, and the psychology, spirituality and history of global trauma, warrior traditions, and military-related issues. For four decades he has conducted trainings, retreats and workshops across the country and overseas at major Department of Defense and Veteran Administration facilities and at colleges, universities, hospitals, health care and community centers across the country, and overseas. Ed co-founded the nonprofit Soldier’s Heart, Inc. with his partner Kate Dahlstedt and for 13 years served as its director. He now consults internationally on these issues.
In addition to War and the Soul, Ed is the author of the books Sacred MountainThe Practice of Dream HealingWild Beasts and Wandering Souls, and Warrior’s Return, as well as the poetry collections The Bull Awakening and The Golden Tortoise.

Kate Dahlstedt

Kate Dahlstedt

Kate Dahlstedt, M.A, has worked with veterans and their families for over 27 years. She founded Soldier’s Heart with her husband and partner Dr. Edward Tick, and she directed the Soldier’s Heart Military Families Project and Athena’s Shield for Women Project, connecting women from around the country through teleconferencing for support and to share the impact of war on their lives. She provides consultation, training, supervision and advanced education to other professionals and clergy, organizations, communities and colleges on veterans’ emotional and spiritual concerns. Kate holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology as well as post-graduate certification from the Hartford Family Institute. She has maintained a private practice for nearly three decades, is an experienced group leader, and has additional clinical experience in sexual assault, Hospice and college counseling. She is a published writer of journal articles, poetry and anthology chapters and has also been an adjunct professor at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

Charlie Pacello

Charlie Pacello

Charlie Pacello is a self-help teacher, life coach, actor, and humanitarian. An Air Force veteran and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Charles provides individuals and groups the tools they need to heal, renew, and transform. He lives in Denver and currently hosts the popular radio/TV show ‘The Council’ which broadcasts live on to listeners all around the globe.