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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Counseling, Mental Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To raise funds for scholarships to assist individuals to attend programs for emotional healing, including providing programs for military veterans to heal the emotional wounds of war.

Target demographics: trauma survivors and military veterans

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Healing Warrior Hearts and scholarships to programs that aid emotional healing.

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The healing and insight I experienced in the Healing Warrior Hearts weekend retreat was so transformation that I have participated in every type of event The Center of Creative Learning has offered in the last 2 and a half years since I discovered it! I'm now known for saying, "We have a weekend for that!" because Patricia Clason, her instructors and volunteer staff provide "the space" and empathy for the full, free and safe expression of all emotions associated with whatever trauma a person is dealing with and the unique expertise to guide them through it!Guided by integrity, the focus remains on doing everything with excellence and elegance! Patricia models that through transparency that inspires everyone involved to do the best they can and not beat themselves up when we don't get the results we were hoping for which empowers us to continue our journey to be our best!That same integrity shines in how Patricia is an incredible steward of the resources that are shared with her to advance this emotional healing work! I continually witness her being frugal with donations and expenses while being generous with people!Everyone should experience a program with Patricia Clason at The Center for Creative Learning! Come for the emotional healing, the hugs or the personal and professional development that you cannot escape while in her presence!

Board Member

Rating: 5

After coming home from Iraq, I wasn't the same. I realized I had a n issue in 2008. I entered various VA Programs; but, never seemed to feel better.

I lost my 1st Service Dog in 2013 and spiraled. This sent me into numerous Residential Programs. Around 2015, I went through the Healing Warrior Hearts Program as a Participant.

The VA works with Emtional and Spiritual Issues; however, they DO NOT work with the moral injury of war. I got more out of this weekend in one weekend than all the time spent in the VA.

I received a 2d Service Dog which changed my life. I Staffed the Healing Warrior Hearts Program after my first as a Participant. Then, continued to go as a Participant and Staff.

This is the best Veteran's Program I've ever been to as it works with the Emotional, Spiritual and Moral Injury of war. In addition, it has a Native American twist when dealing with releasing energy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW! What an exceptional program. Healing Warrior Hearts provided me with an opportunity to bond with other veteran woman and do much-needed work to clear what had been holding me back for more than 20+ years. I am grateful for the experience, and the tools provided to sustain the work accomplished.
thank you thank you thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

HWH has helped me to learn the skills to continue my journey of healing. I will be referring people to the program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new Staff Member, I have been welcomed into this group and community with open arms. As of yet, I have not gone through as a Participant and still every time I learn something new to better my life.
As a recent transplant to the area and I have made friends in this group that has expanded to other parts of my life. All Members of this organization are growing to be my chosen family. For that, I will be forever grateful

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Mojisola Edu and I am a female disabled Army veteran. I suffer from PTSD via MST. I entered the Healing Warrior Heart's headed by Patricia and her staff. I didn't know what to expect but, my mind is completely blown away by the care and service they provided me. They catered to me and the other female veterans. I suffer from anger issues and depression and they helped me to change my thoughts. I was able to overcome some issues I had been dealing with. I was also able to get better sleep than I ever had before. I am grateful to Patricia and her staff. I would recommend this program to anyone. All veterans should experience this program. Sincerly, Mojisola Edu Happy Army Veteran

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an Iraq war veteran. Patricia Clason and Chris helped me overcome many of my traumas with their unique approach. It works and I can't think of a single thing that is wrong with the program.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board and fundraising committee member, my greatest reward is seeing our efforts come to fruition in the classes and workshops that the Starfish Foundation helps to support.
I see how each member of the board and fundraising committee is dedicated and willing to step forward and work together for a great cause. We all volunteer, on some or many level/s, at The Center for Creative Learning.
The Starfish Foundation has a great working team that wants to reach as many people as possible and truly help trauma survivors.
I am proud to be a part of an awesome team that has a passion for serving our community and the every person The Center for Creative Learning has touched.
I look forward to continued success and being a part of helping other trauma survivors find their joy and relief in emotional healing as well as being a board and fundraising committee member!



Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a part of the weekends has been life-transforming for myself and my family. Unity, safety, and trust are developed here as well as tools to continue to develop in your own personal life. The tools you are given to work with leave you lifted, inspired, and energized to continue working on your innermost self and what is holding you back. Creating a safer world to share with others is truly empowering. The best part is that when you are a part of this organization, you are truly a family member for life.

akloken

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but amazing things to say about the Starfish Foundation and the opportunities that come with it! I immediately felt stronger and at peace with myself after walking out of the Taking It Lightly program. This weekend was exactly what I needed to get out of my comfort zone (in a safe, judgement-free environment) and make peace with the different areas I was struggling in. It's changed my life and it can absolutely change yours if you let it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

With the help of the starfish foundation, I have been given the opportunity to heal parts of me I had forgotten about. I was able to gain a greater perspective and add that value to my children. I am thankful for the opportunity I was given.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken several classes that they have available and have seen great improvement in my view of the society around me and my role within it. I am now able to receive people in where before I used to be closed off. I am enjoying life much more than when I started on this journey in 2016. Since taking the classes I have also been an assistant on many classes and that has allowed me continued growth and the ability to not regress.

1 Tiffany Koehler

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing Warrior Hearts has forever changed my outlook and calmed me in a good way. From the weekend retreat I participated in I keep finding myself with new insights and a new found energy. Yes it takes a lot to drag around the pain from day to day, from year to year.

Healing Warrior Hearts truly gave great gifts freely, unconditionally and from their hearts.

If you are a fellow Veteran looking to heal from invisible wounds of your military service, I highly encourage you to sign up for one of their weekend retreats. You will not be disappointed!

Again thank you Healing Warrior Hearts for taking the time to care for us. I deeply appreciate the healing space among fellow Veterans and staff that support us.

Like the song Home says... Settle down, it'll all be clear, Don't pay no mind to the demons, They fill you with fear, The trouble it might drag you down, If you get lost, you can always be found, Just know you're not alone, 'Cause I'm going to make this place your home.

God bless you Healing Warrior Hearts!



aduncan511

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life was changed at my first weekend, despite my bad attitude! It continues to improve every time I interact with people from this great organization- as a volunteer, a staffer, or participant. Patricia has incredible insight and doesn't let you hide behind protective walls we've built our whole lives. Thank YOU HWH!!!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an attendee and am now a volunteer. Attending Healing Warrior Hearts got me started on the healing path, after 40 years of personal abuse and military sexual trauma. I wish I had know about this sooner and started younger but it's never too late! or too soon! Give yourself this free gift and start enjoying life and relationships again. You deserve it!?!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a mental health professional with almost 30 years experience treating trauma and emotional pain, I can say with absolute certainty that this program and organization are top of the line. I've been involved with the work of the Starfish Foundation and the Center for Creative Learning for almost my entire career. There is an incredibly high level of integrity and ethical responsibility in every program and that has been there from the start. Hundreds of people have benefited, and hopefully hundreds more will continue to benefit from the gifts of the Starfish Foundation.

Dawn S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When all else fails in life to provide answers and heal wounds from whatever story one carries with through life- the mission and healing this organization lives by along with its dedicated volunteer staff - delivers real answers, real healing that leaves everyone wishing everyone could experience a healing weekend! I always tell people if everyone went through a weekend there would be World Peace finally!!

2 Kori C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to the Healing Warrior Hearts Retreat from a friend with whom I served in combat with in Iraq. She explained that this program helped her with her PTSD more than another she had attended. With that recommendation, I flew from California at my expense to attend my first retreat in Katy, TX in July of 2017. I had been struggling with my PTSD and "moral Injury" issues for over ten years. It was here I met Patricia Classon and her group of voulneer staff as well as Sam Luna with Texas for Heroes. This program, lead by Patricia was life changing for me. I was heard, valued, repected for who I was, what I experienced and how I felt, period. I felt a burden lefted , a transformation of my heart. I have since become a volunteer staff and have attended two retreats in TX working with Patricia. Additionally, I recently attended my first HWH's retreat in Milwaukee, as a student, once again. I made the right decision to attend as a student, vice staff. The direct support I received from Patricia and the staff was again, life changing. With Patricia's guidance I was able to purge my mind and heart of hurt and deep pain. I have witnessed her amazing ability to connect with compassion, empathy and a deep understanding of the human condition. I cannot say enought about the Starfisht Foundation. Everyone is treated with respect and dignity, always. The integrity of Patricia and all involved in the foundation is above reproach.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the best and most exciting healing modalities for Veterans in existence. I got to personally witness the January 2018 Healing Warrior Hearts weekend and was blown away. My only prayer is that 1,000s of Veterans from across the country might someday be able to experience something this profound and transformative.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Starfish Foundation truly cares about each and every person and believes that by helping each individual be a joyful, emotionally healthy person that the world becomes a better and move loving place. You can trust them to care about you! I've been involved with the Starfish Foundation since 2001 when I was a student in one of their courses. Since then I became a regular volunteer to help them forward their mission. I have referred many of my friends and family to their courses. As a psychotherapist, I also refer clients to their courses - all the clients I have ever referred have given the Starfish Foundation an enthusiastic "2 thumbs up!" You will too!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the The Starfish Foundation, the programs it supports, and Patricia Clason.

The programs are truly life changing programs that heal the heart, transform an individual, and make the whole community a better place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Taking it Lightly class this year and I found it to be a tremendously helpful experience. The staff from top to bottom is wonderful to work with and I walked away from the weekend with a whole new understanding of myself

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starfish Foundation, Inc. absolutely qualifies as great: an incredible resource for anyone who is suffering. I have such appreciation for Patricia Clason and the many volunteers at Starfish Foundation and the Center for Creative Learning. Patricia has devoted her life to understanding, modeling, and teaching emotional intelligence, particularly helping veterans and others heal from trauma. She also has helped to grow servant leaders who help others. I was blessed years ago to experience and then staff the Taking It Lightly course. A self-help junkie having survived a period of severe depression in my late teens and early 20s, I was in my 30s, seeking continual improvement and growth, rising up one step at a time. The Taking It Lightly weekend was like an express elevator shooting 20 flights up in personal growth. Particularly for veterans who are struggling, the nonprofit Starfish Foundation Inc. provides full scholarships to the Healing Warrior Hearts weekend retreat.

Thank you, dear Patricia, for your beautiful heart and all your good work over the years. You are a blessing to so many.

For those who are suffering -- know that there is hope! You deserve this course!