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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

126 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!

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.

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.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was referred to the Starfish Foundation and the Taking It Lightly program 10 years ago, in 2008. I was having trouble concentrating, and was in the midst of a deep dive into the emotional abuse of my childhood and confronting it as an adult so I could move on with my life and with greater joy. This foundation and weekend programs provided me with a community of peers that I could trust. I received education, support, hope and action steps for embracing wellness into my life and appreciating my journey, even if turbulent, rocky and unpleasant. Having this community of people, that have also experienced and thrived from lived experience, has been a beautiful gift to me that I volunteer and give back whenever I can. Now I am a greater distance away and searching for a community like this where I currently live, and there is nothing like it. I volunteer and stay involved whenever I can because the Starfish Foundation helps me feel understood, supported and encouraged to step forward with courage into new unknown terrain in my life. Thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am 61 years old on social security for disabled. I need help for auto repairs or a car for errands doctor appointments. I suffer from type 1 diabetes for 41 years and bipolar diseases. The stress is making it hard to manage both. Please help.

2 James Jimmy Pee P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thought I was okay with my past but this program helped me to see it, face it, and cure it. It's better than any professional help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Throughout 19 years of my association with the Center for Creative Learning and programs such as Healing Warrior Hearts, I am consistently amazed at the quality of the emotional intelligence work that they do there.

I have not only taken courses at the Center for Creative Learning, I have referred numerous individuals to their programs. I have seen first hand the efficacy the emotional growth participants in the Healing Warrior Hearts program have accomplished. Healing Warrior Hearts is making the difference in the veteran community. As the sibling and granddaughter of veterans I could not be more grateful for the work they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was living with shame, guilt and self-hatred, and I was stressing out everyone who lived with me. Since taking the "Taking It Lightly" course at the Center for Creative Learning, I have learned to be compassionate toward myself, which enables me to be kinder to everyone. Now I staff the "Taking It Lightly" course at least once a year. When the Starfish Foundation helps one person, like me, to heal, the healing actually makes the world a safer place for everyone that person encounters.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and I have never seen such a beautiful foundation to be a part of! I volunteer for healing warrior hearts. I got involved when my mom (a marines vet) and my dad( a navy vet) both volunteered to find themselves after some terrible events that occurred in their lives. I must say they are completely different people now, and we all volunteer! Not to mention my grand parents also attended the couples weekend and they loved it too! Multiple lives changed, and multiple friends gained!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about The Starfish Foundation through my Wife. She and I were both active duty military and both suffer from PTSD. My wife was a participant in a Healing Warrior hearts weekend and came back a changed woman. I reluctantly agreed to attend a couples weekend and I too have been able to process events that have haunted me for 20 plus years. We now both staff the organization and share the gift we were given to others.

1 Miranda C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing Warrior Hearts was introduced to my mother first. After her first weekend as a participant she became a volunteer soon after. That's when my sister and I were referred. I have been both a volunteer and client served at Healing Warrior Hearts. I first went through a civilian weekend back in December of 2015 for survivors of sexual assault. I had never experienced a group setting like this, with a sole intent of support & education. I was timid for the most part of the civilian weekend until I realized even my fellow participants were being as supportive as the staff. The weekend did so much good for me, I needed to come back to return the favor for upcoming participants.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the weekend events I have seen transformations which can only be described as miraculous. Patricia, and the other instructors are able to help participants address an array of battles; including toxic relationships, self defeating patterns, events that could be described as the worst day of their life, and many others. Their approach and tools are often used by other organizations, but the difference is their ability to intuitively understand how to apply the tool to help the participant heal. I would hope that anyone searching for answers would spend a weekend here in the Starfish community.