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Impact of D-Day

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Soldiers leaving a boat and in the water of Omaha Beach, Normandy, during World War II.
Assault landing, one of the first waves at Omaha Beach, Normandy. The Coast Guard caption identifies the unit as Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Photo courtesy of Center of Military History.

D-Day affected the world on a large scale. It affected individuals on a personal scale.

As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious attack in history, we honor the thousands of Allied servicemembers who lost their lives in France in an effort to save the world from tyranny.

D-Day, so called because it was Day 1 of the invasion, was a brutal and important day toward Allied victory in World War II.

It also had a lasting effect in a different way.

A 90-year-old French woman who lives feet from a Normandy beach, for example, reported she hasn’t stepped foot on the beach since she was a teenager, when she saw bodies of Allied servicemembers strewn along the sand.

Untreated trauma can haunt for a lifetime. It’s never too late to get help.

We can help.

We’ve been busy

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Spring has been busy for The PEACH Pit: We hosted three events from April 12 through May 3.

Whew!

A woman in jeans walks a black horse around an arena.
Participants select a partner and share a stroll around the arena.

First up was our Renew and Reconnect Retreat for women. Cathy Woods Yoga facilitated the retreat, which included physical and emotional parallels between yoga and horsemanship.

Next, we partnered with Minds-n-Motion to host the Fundamentals of Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy training,

A black horse has its nose near a woman's nose. The woman has white hair.
A horse and a human connect

which became an international affair. The primary trainer, Ilka Parent, is from Germany, and her team came from Germany and Connecticut. We also had participants from Norway,  Alaska, Colorado, Tennessee and Georgia.

The training helped participants understand how trauma affects the brain and how horses can help clients process trauma.

Our Horsepower and Heroes Retreat for women Veterans was our best yet. For the third consecutive retreat, our facilitators returned: Demetria Cannady led the vision board session. Lisa Cummings, Air Force Veteran, led yoga. Laurie Reisman led meditation, mindfulness and Qi Gong. Donna Watkins and Paige Jobe facilitated the equine-assisted learning session. Donna also facilitated Accelerated Resolution Therapy sessions, and Lisa conducted Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions.

Along with offering various nontraditional therapy models, we added Pounding, an aerobic activity that incorporates rhythmic drumstick pounding. Check out the video below with Leia Williams Hunley facilitating. 

Macon’s WMAZ covered that event.

Next up: the Peach-Quest Social Skills Summer Camp in July.

 

 

Calling all federal employees

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Check out The PEACH Pit’s video for the Combined Federal Campaign Virtual Charity Fair to kick off the 2018 campaign. Please share with current and retired federal workers, and ask them to consider donating to us using CFC #27220.

The PEACH Pit (CFC #27220) is one of more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations worldwide approved to participate this year. Enter our CFC number on the following link to get more information: https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/offerings. Once on that site, donors can simply add us to their donation list.

One hundred percent of donations (ALL OF IT) goes to direct client care.

(POSTPONED) Workshop: Horses as Co-Therapists for the Military

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Horse walking near traffic cones, pool noodles and poles.

Equine-assisted activities incorporating the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model are gaining more and more interest all over the world.

We’re offering a four-day workshop to introduce you to the model and walk you through techniques to help military clients and others who need help dealing with post-traumatic stress issues.

Register today.