Expedition Balance Retreat Event & Information

The Expedition: This is an opportunity for military Veterans to attend a fully-funded wellness retreat, created to offer an environment of outdoor fun, camaraderie, and healing.  It is open to military Veterans of any era, male or female, living anywhere in the world.  This Expedition will serve both Veterans who are managing physical challenges as well as trauma-related ones (PTS, TBI, Depression, and others).  We have only twelve openings available for this life-affirming experience, paid for by our donors.  Veterans selected for this event pay nothing in cash to attend, though they will commit to pay it forward in their community later.  Our program includes; yoga, mindfulness, creative expression, and outdoor activities. The retreat facility may offer other activities such as horseback riding as well (TBD). Attendees must provide their own transportation to rendezvous point in Houston, Texas or the retreat location in Burton, Texas. More details will be provided prior to the event.

Logistics: Attendees will meet us at a central location (rally point) in Houston, TX at 2-3 PM on 9/30, the first date of the Expedition. The exact location will be provided closer to the event. From the rally point, we will ride in vans to the retreat location. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the rally point. Excellent lodging is provided at the retreat, with accessibility for those with physical constraints. All meals, activities, and van transportation are provided at no cost. We will spend three nights at the retreat (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), returning to Houston by 5 PM or earlier on Sunday (last day of the Expedition). Attendees should bring enough outdoor, exercise, and casual clothing for 3 days (also – all necessary toiletries, sunscreen, medicine, etc.). There is no access to laundry services. For a more complete list of what to bring or not to bring, please feel free to ask via email: csalazar@expeditionbalance.org. More information will be provided later to those joining this Expedition.

Eligibility: Attendees must be Veterans of the US armed forces and no record of violent criminal behavior. Men and women are invited to apply, from any era. Spouses/significant may be accepted on a case-by-case basis (please let us know when you apply).

Please Note: Due to the CV-19 pandemic, we are requiring that all volunteers and attendees be fully vaccinated! This is important to protect all involved.

Along with the other documentation, we will require proof of vaccination. We understand this may prevent some from attending. Please stay in touch for future events if you are interested in joining us another time.

We expect to consider applicants with or without mobility issues, and who are otherwise fit to participate in outdoor and athletic activities.  Applicants must not require full-time medical care.  Selectees will be asked to provide proof of military service (copy of DD 214) and CV-19 vaccination.

Decide & Apply: Please read this application form completely and then decide if our Expedition is right for you.  If you would like to be considered for this life-affirming opportunity, fill out all the information neatly, sign the form, and mail or e-mail to Expedition Balance.  By signing the form, you are agreeing to all listed requirements of attendees for this event.

Our mailing address: Expedition Balance, PO Box 7172, Houston, TX 77248.

Our e-mail address: csalazar@expeditionbalance.org.  Time is short – send in your completed app ASAP!  Applications must be submitted no later than September 20, 2021.

Expedition Application - September 2021

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