Saturday retreats

The Veteran Get-Away Program is part of Wildrock's On Solid Ground Program promoting nature connection as a path for greater health and happiness.  This program welcomes veteran families with kids ages 18 and under to come for a Saturday afternoon of fun on the playscape and trails, followed by a catered dinner, evening campfire games and activities, s'mores, and music around the campfire. The retreats create an exciting opportunity for kids to build happy memories with parents and to meet other families who have experienced a family member's deployment.  

Veteran volunteers and social workers knowledgeable about community resources and common needs of returning soldiers and their families will be welcoming participants.  Program leaders understand the common stress reactions veterans and their families may face following deployments.  Retreats are free of charge to any veteran (regardless of type of service or discharge) thanks to a generous grant from ParadeRest Virginia funded by the proceeds of its annual "4 Our Freedom 5K" June race.  To get more information or to register, contact us.

Our next Veteran Workshop is on September 29th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.  There will be a family retreat on October 20th.  Scroll down for more information.

Finding the Narrative that Works  Using the Stories we Tell Ourselves to Transform Our Lives.  

Presented by Kevin Blanchard (USMC, Retired) and his wife, Myra Khan Blanchard. This retreat is designed to leave you with the perspective that, “it’s not what happens to us that matters as much as how we react to those events that determines our well-being.” This retreat will help gain clarity on how to create an empowering narrative that allows for life goal attainment. It’s told from the perspective of Retired Marine, Kevin Blanchard and the lessons learned from an intensive self-discovery following nearly losing his life to a bomb in Northwest, Iraq. 

This FREE retreat includes the following:

·      Childcare for ages 3 and up

·      Dinner for the family

·      Campfire with Live guitarist

·      Resource guide with all personal growth tools

·      Introductions to meditation and yoga with free yoga mat

Come fellowship with your veteran comrades and their families at the beautiful Wildrock facility. To RSVP please visit or for questions email  For questions about Wildrock, email us here.

 Wildrock and Living Free invite you to a free Veteran Fall Family Get-Away on October 20th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

Activities will be available for families with children ages two to the teen years.  The retreat promotes family bonding, stress release, and community building.  


2:00 Outdoor discovery games for all ages

3:00 Choose a craft, hike, or self-care workshop

4:30 Family Music Jam

5:30 Dinner

6:30 S'mores and campfire fun