LSF Retreat Program – FAQ

1.  What type of retreat program is offered by LSF?

Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) provides therapeutic retreats for Service Members (SM)/Vets who are struggling with Combat Trauma, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain issues and Military Sexual Trauma.

2.    How are the retreats funded?

The Lone Survivor Foundation covers all expenses for the retreat program with funds donated by generous sponsors, so there are no costs for those who attend.  LSF Program Team will coordinate with SMs/Vets and unit commanders to make travel arrangements.

3. How are retreat participants selected?

Active Duty Service members, Veterans and their immediate family members are eligible to attend LSF retreats.  When an application is received, it is reviewed by the Program Team for two factors – First, client needs as they pertain to combat PTS, TBI, Chronic pain and Military Sexual Trauma.  Second, the level of function and client capability to participate in and benefit from our retreat program.  Each applicant will be interviewed by the program team, and these factors, as well as others, are assessed at that time.  The LSF Retreat Program provides support to individuals with mild PTS, TBI, Chronic pain and Military Sexual Trauma. The LSF retreat program does not provide therapeutic support for Individuals who have moderate or severe levels of these issues.  The Program Team will confer with the SM/Vet’s medical provider to confirm their appropriateness for attending the retreat.

4. Are the retreats recreational?

No – LSF retreats are therapeutic in nature.  We utilize psycho-educational groups, Equine Assisted Learning and individual sessions.  We are not a medical treatment program.  We work with SMs/Vets on educational, solution focused, and experiential techniques to facilitate the attendees’ healing, growth, and wellness.

5. What can participants do outside of sessions?

Our retreats are held in serene and relaxing facilities. Free time is limited and scheduled to maximize health and wellness – relaxation and some downtime is built into the program. We do not conduct hunting or shooting activities.

6. Where are the retreats held?

Lone Survivor Foundation Retreats are currently held at facilities near Houston, TX and Park City, UT.

7.  Who is able to attend a retreat?

Our retreat program is divided into three categories.  We offer retreats for individual SM/Vets, separate retreats for couples and separate retreats for families.  We recommend that a SM/Vet attend an individual retreat initially, and then they can return with their spouse and then their family for the more extensive family program.

8.  How does someone apply for the program?

The retreat application can be filled out online here. The application will automatically be sent to the Program Team for review.  All applicants are screened for their appropriate fit based on needs of support, diagnosis, and level of function.  Once the initial screening is complete, the Program Team will contact the person’s medical provider to confirm that our program is a positive fit with the applicant’s capabilities and needs.

9.  Do retreat staff have experience working with the military?

Yes, all retreat staff have either extensive experience working with the military, or are retired military or military Spouses. All Clinicians are licensed mental health providers.

10.  Do retreat staff have credentials?

Yes, retreat staff conducting groups or individual sessions consist of licensed Master’s level mental health providers.  Our Equine staff are certified in EAGALA.

11. Will there be horseback riding?

No – LSF retreats utilize the EAGALA model of equine learning.  This model focuses on the relationship between the individual and the horse.  It allows the individual to problem solve, experiment, and develop solutions which work best for the individual, while working with the horses.

12.  What are the program limitations?

We do not allow weapons of any type at our retreats.
We do not allow alcohol or recreational drugs at our program.
Participants are not allowed to leave the retreat premises during the course of the retreat, except for supervised activities.

13.  Do you have other resources?

Yes – please visit our National Resource List here.

13.   Where can I get additional information?

Our Program Team may be contacted at retreats@lonesurvivorfoundation.org for additional information or presentations.