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Peggy Spencer

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UNM Sponsored Retreat for Student Veterans

October 11 - 15, 2017

With Peggy Spencer, MD and Dana Moore, M.A.R., MA

The UNM Student Veterans Retreat assists military veterans in the transition from military life to student life using these three interwoven components:

  • Mindfulness training. Mindfulness has been defined as “present moment awareness without judgement.” Using simple breath and body awareness, you will learn to quiet your mind and focus your attention. Mindfulness practice has been shown to improve health, mitigate pain and manage stress. We use meditation, movement and creative arts to teach and practice this vital skill.
  • Camaraderie. Veterans have unique experiences not shared by the traditional college student, and going to college as a veteran can be a lonely venture. We offer a forum for meeting and getting to know other veterans, through group discussions and simply by being together. It takes a veteran to know a veteran. Make new friendships and help each other navigate the post-military and university landscape.
  • Nature. Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center comprises 130 acres in the Tusas Mountains, surrounded by 300,000 acres of Carson National Forest. We have group hikes and time for individual exploration. The natural beauty is stunning. Here you will get away from city noise and e-bombardment.  Without traffic, cell phones or internet service, you can experience the healing power of the wind in the trees, the sun on your face and a million stars at night.

You can learn more about the retreat on our Facebook page.