A friend introduced me to this incredible organization nearly a year ago and I am forever indebted to her and the organization! Patricia and other staff members helped me understand the depression and PTSD of the military sexual trauma I'd experienced and started the healing process I desperately needed.To continue my healing and help others do the same, I have volunteered for many of the program's supported by Patricia and the Starfish Foundation and find them to have impeccable integrity, compassion and a true gift for helping people deal with the toughest of situations with excellence and elegance!Because of my involvement with this organization, I am finding new joy every day and the courage to live life fully!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I came to the center in 2005 broken emotionally, I have taken several courses with the Center of Creative Learning and have grown after over 40+ years of trauma. They gave and continue to give me a place where I feel safe and accepted without judgement or criticism. I am now free to be me and be the master of my emotions and not live in the fear of trauma! The Center for Creative Learning saved my life, and saved my family!
I did Taking it Lightly through Starfish. It was a fantastic growth experience! I was able to work through an incident that happened as a child and it released some energy that was influencing all the years after. I am VERY grateful for finding The Center for Creative Learning. The experience has opened me up to allowing my feelings to be expressed in a safe way. And I am able to help others through their blocked feelings. I am always willing to help out at the Center so others can get the experience that they have given me.
The Starfish Foundation provides healing for individuals and military personnel. I have taken a course offered and it provided a tremendous benefit to me emotionally and was one of the greatest activities I have been involved. No cliche here, it change my life.
I am forever grateful for the Starfish Foundation Inc. and the work it allows clients to do. For myself it allowed the healing process to begin and continue. I grew up in a highly abusive and violent environment having experienced real trauma. I have been part of the Center For Creative Learning family since my Renewal weekend in 2005. Sometimes I am the student and sometimes I am a volunteer each time pealing back a layer of the trauma. I found a safe place to process, a safe place to discover innocence and a safe place to be me. At the Center I learned a deeper personal value and worth. I am worthy of connection and have a sense of love and belonging. Because of the Starfish Foundation Inc. each time I drive the 300 miles one way, I am able to navigate my life with more love and less shame than the time before.
They say a picture is wroth a thousand words, the first one represents how I felt showing up at the Center in 2005. The second represents the freedom I now feel having done and continue to do the work that the Starfish Foundation Inc. allows it's clients to do.
The Starfish Foundation, and the programs it sponsors, are Lifesavers. I was suffering from trauma that I didn't realize I had, but that was impacting my life very negatively. The taking it lightly weekend opened my eyes and heart to what life could be like. That was 15 years ago. I have since been happily married for 14 years, finished graduate school and have a professional job, and I couldn't of done it without the work and the volunteers in this program. I highly recommend it.
Best thing I've done for my marriage and self. The ALL VOLUNTEER Staff is coming to us from a place of Love and acceptance! Long time trauma Survivors who have found a way to get up and thrive! I'm so grateful for each of them. I have seen my Daughter go through Healing Warrior Hearts and succeed. As well as my granddaughter's who did Taking It Lightly~Renewal. I am looking forward to Staffing in the future and watching many more lives be set free! I would encourage anyone who has healing to do, do the work that is necessary to find joy again!
I was a reluctant participant in a couple's weekend in Katy,Texas. My wife was already a graduate of a Military sexual assault (MST) Weekend and was volunteering as staff for subsequent weekends. We had both been struggling with PTSD as a result of her rape in the Marine Corps. During the course of the weekend I was able to feel and fully process the events that had affecting my life for 20 + years. A GIANT wt. was lifted and I felt closer to the person I used to be. I have since staffed myself to help others as I was so profoundly helped.
I went into this weekend with the mind set of it being a last ditch effort at finding something, anything that would help us. My husband was so far beyond skeptical i'm surprised he went. He was convinced it would be "lovey dovey hippy ish". But because we really want to make our marriage work, we decided to give it a go. I won't lie, i felt awkward & out of place at first, as did my husband. I wouldn't give anyone more than a hand shake. I did go into it with an open mind though, and was willing to go outside of my comfort zone & try things that have seemed to have helped so many people in the past. I did & said things i wouldn't have ever done or said. As did my husband. We left the weekend with a new love for each other. A more open mind, a fuller heart & hugging everyone!! It was truly amazing!
Also, we had to bring out four children to the hotel with us. I had a friend that came down to provide child care, but that didn't end up working out. The staff members saw the stress we had because of how uncomfortable we felt leaving out children with the childcare we had set up. They went out of their way to watch all FOUR of our children for us for the entire weekend. Our children were in great hands. They thoroughly enjoyed their weekend as much as we did. They formed bonds just like we did. We have since received a gift from two of the people who watched them. Which truly meant so much to me. It was a small meaningful thing that reminded them of our children. They also included our children in our graduation ceremony, which was amazing.
The people we met there were some of the sweetest, kindest, most supportive & most loving people i've ever met. To be surrounded by people that truly care about you, for not other reason than because they want to help you; that's a feeling unlike any other feeling in the world
I truly can not wait to attend another weekend. My husband will be attending one in just a few months & i am jealous. I also can't wait until we can staff a weekend & be the love & support for other couples like us.
Please give these weekends a try. Go in with an open mind. You will truly be amazed by how it will effect you, for the better.
I cried for the first time since the war. I learned many new techniques on how to handle my PTSD and TBI. I learned new language to help me understand me and the new world I came back to. I am still involved now as both a participant and now have staffed to help my fellow veterans and it feels great.I view my life differently and desperately need this organization to stick around and help me become a better me as I participate and peel more layers of my onion off.
We were at the end of our marriage with no hope in sight. The couples weekend changed our lives as well as our marriage. Where there was no hope we now see hope. I could t recommend this event enough. I've told every military couple I know what a wonderful and heart opening experience we had. I am forever grateful for what they did for us.
Healing Warrior Hearts was the best program i have been to since I got back from Iraq I hope the work continues to heal our veterans. Thanks SSG FLOYD PETERS US A Ret
Skeptical would be an upgrade to how I felt about another resource that was supposed to help me deal with the hurt and anger related to the sexual trauma I experienced in the military but Thank God I trusted my friend Kim's recommendation! Having just a glimpse of how it changed her more than decades of previous resources had, I decided to give it a chance. The Healing Warrior Hearts retreat was expertly organized and staffed by the kindest, most professional people! Patricia and the other instructors along with the volunteer staff were incredibly attentive and insightful into what my issue was and how to help me release it! The intro to neuroscience helped me understand that I've basically been "checked out" for nearly 15 years, that I've been blaming myself and living with shame. Now, I'm learning to recognize the dysfunction and depression that have been holding me back and find new ways of responding to all of that so I can enjoy life and my family while helping others do the same. Forever grateful, Dianne
HOPE~ Life provides many stepping stones for our hearts to heal in creating the path of the journey to recovery we all may take. Every now and then, you have the opportunity to cross a bridge. I attended Healing Warrior Hearts/MST Weekend Sep 11-13, 2015. For the first time I was able to learn how to not simply cross a bridge, but to build it, strengthen it, and trust in the positive energy and support of the participants and staff who built it with me -- knowing I will never again need to feel alone on my journey. Thank you for welcoming me home, allowing my warrior heart to know healing, leaving me with more than possibilities, yet with an everlasting HOPE~
ANYONE WHOSE HEART IS BROKEN DUE TO ANY WAR A MUST TO EXPERIENCE YOU WONT REGRET IT
awesome group, everyone should do it..five stars. two thumbs up. I a veteran I attended in July and walked away feeling brand new. A renewed spirit, a new outlook in life, with high positive emotion. I had a small "brush Plane' accident the following sunday in the mountain of Idaho, however I was able to walk away feeling untouchable and this i contribute to the group spirit.
I challenge every vet that suffers from PTSD, depression, anxiety, or MST to attend one of there programs. I flew out from California to Wisconsin and I tell you it was worth it. You owe it to yourself and your family to get the help you deserve. I promise you won't regret it!