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 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.
After doing my initial Retreat in Sept 2014 I have staffed all Healing Warrior Heart Retreats since then. I am the Vice President of the Starfish Board and I am forever grateful to the people who were there for me when I needed to find my joy! I will do whatever I can to help others. please consider this Community if and when you are ready to do the work that is necessary to find your joy.
My experience at Healing Warrior Hearts , (MST) was the most effective therapy I have done in 23 years. The Instructors and staff made me feel like I mattered, which is sometimes a struggle when in the throes of Depression. A Heartfelt Thank you to all for the hugs, love, support and for being so instrumental in my healing. Strongly recommended for anyone who needs to empty the " crap" collected over time and in all the years struggling with PTSD.
I had done Taking It Lightly in 2000 and felt a true connection to my new "family." I've staffed many weekends so that I continue to grow and reinforce what I learned. My dedication to make the world a safer place inspired me to join The Starfish Foundation Board. By sitting on the Board, I know I make a difference to those who want to experience all the wonderful things the world has to hold. My commitment to my ALIVENESS and that of others shines through in my strengths that I give by being a board member. More individuals should consider it!
I attended Taking It Lightly in 2010 and it totally changed the course of my life. It was like I was walking through life with dark glasses almost blind and after the course I had clear vision. After volunteering for a few Taking it Lightly courses I was asked by a fellow Veteran to assist with Healing Warrior Hearts and low and behold at the 11th hour I ended up being a participant in June 2014, not realizing healing is a continual process. WOW, I was even more in awe of this program. I was treated like a Princess and pampered in every way. I have never in my life felt this type of support and comraderie. Anyone who is a soldier knows it's deeper than any sorority or fraternity. It doesn't matter what ERA you served, there is a strong connection. The healing I recieved was PRICELESS. I believe that is why it's FREE, there is not a price you can put on this work. Long story short, I was so in awe of this work and felt it was what I was called to do. I have recently been elected to the Starfish Foundation's Board and was honored to assist in the very first MST(Military Sexual Trauma) Healing Weekend. Many Veterans have said they have had many programs and this weekend of healing surpasses every one of them. It's not just a relief it is truly a release! This healing is on a cellular level and heals for many generations to come. Thanks, Natalie Hayes