The Wind Rider Project(tm)

 

“Victims are members of society whose problems represent the memory of suffering, rage, and pain in a world that longs to forget.”        
-Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

 

The Concept

“The Wind Rider Project™ was created for veterans, active military and first responders who live with Post-Traumatic Stress. 

It is a concept that was born while riding my Harley-Davidson in strong gusty winds on the backroads of Colorado. It took strength of will, determination and a commitment to improve my riding skills to push my envelope in the environmental conditions. The vision of helping veterans and first responders was given to me as I rode. I knew then as I now know that this is my mission, my purpose, my reason for being.

I’ve lived with PTS for 60+ years so I understand how it affects others who also live with PTS. I am proud to say I am a veteran ready to serve you.”   -Glenn Weissel, EGCM, CBCA

A Common Problem

Have you ever had this thought? Somewhere in the back of your mind you think to yourself, “This is not who I am. This is not the real me. Who is this person, who has taken over my mind, my body, and my very soul?”

You are living with and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / Injury, PTSD/PTSI or just PTS as it’s commonly known. This is a normal response to the horrific experiences you lived through. What’s really happening is that you feel the energy that was caused by the traumatic events and most of all, never released. As a result you find yourself overreacting to stressful situations in your everyday life.

Can you relate to this? You know what this feels like, right? You are not alone. Millions of people, adults and children alike live with Post Traumatic Stress everyday.

Consider the facts: An estimated 7.8% of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year. (www.ptsd.ne.gov/what-is-ptsd.html)

The Solution

At Harmony’s Heart Coaching™ we offer a safe and nurturing environment allowing veterans, active military and first responders to explore your inner journey with PTS and learn how to heal those wounds, leading to a fuller, more enriched life with your loved ones, your friends, and most importantly, yourself.

Engaging with the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® our horses are active partners during your coaching sessions. Together we help you identify and drop unfinished business that holds you back from fulfilling your dreams and your life purpose. Together we support your journey.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In this quote, Lao Tzu is trying to express that great things start from humble beginnings. We say, “The journey of your life starts here and now.”

Our program is free for veterans, active duty service members and first responders. We work with Spirit Horse Alliance, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit that connects people and horses through learning. Did you know that to sponsor our client’s time with us and the horses the fees for one weekend for one client is $497? When we have 4 or more clients per weekend that adds up fast!

Your generous donation is greatly appreciated! 

Mindfulness/Meditation

Mindfulness is incorporated into all of our coaching sessions. Being able to sit for 10-15 minutes and breathe quiets the mind, slows the body down, and most of all opens a path to a peaceful existence. We practice mindfulness to begin each day because it enables us to deal with the stresses of the day. Benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Higher brain functioning
  • Increased immune function
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Increased awareness
  • Increased attention and focus
  • Increased clarity in thinking and perception
  • Lowered anxiety levels
  • Experience of being calm and internally still
  • Experience of feeling connected

The Program

We developed a program designed for people who are ready to move forward and find peace within. Combining group sessions with private time offers maximum results during your weekend with us. Groups are limited to 8 people ensuring the right level of interaction with others in the group, as well as your equine and human coaches.

 

A typical weekend includes:

  • An Opening Circle on Saturday
  • Personal Exploration
  • Group Interaction
  • “Step Up and Be Heard” – individual coaching session with the support of the group
  • “Equine Time” – group exploration with the horses
  • Lunch on Sat and Sun; Dinner on Sat
  • A Walkabout and Meditation
  • Personal Journaling
  • Group Interaction
  • “Step Up and Be Heard” – individual coaching session with the support of the group
  • “Equine Time” – group exploration with the horses
  • The Closing Circle on Sunday

Especially relevant is pairing people together creating weekend buddies who have each other’s backs, fronts and sides! You are never alone in your journey. We understand the very personal nature of these sessions due to the vulnerable aspects of showing up and opening up. In our certification training we were encouraged and most importantly we were supported by 10-12 other students and our mentor as we shared our most vulnerable selves. Consequently we dropped a lot of baggage that we carried for YEARS! Remember what it was like to shuck a 50-75 pound pack at the end of the day?

Why You Need To Be Here Now

Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Statistics

As of September 2014, there are about 2.7 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (compared to 2.6 million Vietnam veterans who fought in Vietnam. There are 8.2 million “Vietnam Era Veterans” (personnel who served anywhere during any time of the Vietnam War).

“Among male and female soldiers aged 18 years or older returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, rates range from 9% shortly after returning from deployment to 31% a year after deployment. A review of 29 studies that evaluated rates of PTSD in those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan found prevalence rates of adult men and women previously deployed ranging from 5% to 20% for those who do not seek treatment, and around 50% for those who do seek treatment. Vietnam veterans also report high lifetime rates of PTSD ranging from 10% to 31%. PTSD is the third most prevalent psychiatric diagnosis among veterans using the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals.

50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment and out of the half that seek treatment, only half of them get “minimally adequate” treatment (RAND study).

Recent statistical studies show that rates of veteran suicide are much higher than previously thought, as much as five to eight thousand a year (22 a day, up from a low of 18-a-year in 2007, based on a 2012 VA Suicide Data Report).

Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide.” Veterans and PTSD. September 20, 2015. Web. [March 7,2017]

Need we say more?

The Wind Rider Projectwas created to help prevent the tragedies of living with Post Traumatic Stress. Contact us today and let’s get to work helping you. You don’t have to suffer in silence.

We can help change that when people are ready to make a change in their lives. If you know someone, and it could be yourself, living with Post Traumatic Stress take action NOW!  Do something that creates a beginning to a new way of living.

 

 

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