Hikes for Women Veterans Only

We’ve had two hikes on the North Umpqua Trail, and we were touched to hear from Brandy, who is leading hikes for our women veterans.

Brandy said, “When I headed out to the meeting spot for that first hike, I was excited and also very nervous. I knew this women’s outreach program was something I needed, but was it actually something other women veterans needed? Eight women promptly arrived, and within a few minutes I realized that the hike was going to be successful, and that Source One Serenity’s outreach was something definitely needed in our community. In just a few hours together, I watched bonds forming between the ladies. This awesome group of women began sharing their stories and their lives, and putting their hearts out there for others to see. No judgment, no competition, just open hearts and support for each other.

“Since we completed that first hike, I have had multiple followup encounters with the eight women I hiked with that first day. They have shared their stories and told me things such as, “I finally feel like I found my place in Roseburg,” “You were the friend I was looking for,” and “I needed this group more than you know.”

In summing up, Brandy said, “My heart is happy, my soul is feeling connected, and I am super excited about the future of our women’s program at Source One Serenity. I plan on continuing our twice-monthly hikes through the fall and winter, and I am actively making plans for some additional activities over the next few months. The hikes are only the beginning!”

September 2018

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Discovering Sense of Purpose with Gary Zukav

September 9, 2018, was a very special day. We met with Gary Zukav, spiritual teacher and the author of four consecutive New York Times bestsellers. In his book The Seat of the Soul, and in some of his interviews with Oprah Winfrey, he shared experiences and perceptions of his military career as a Green Beret in Vietnam. We were interested in knowing more about his military service, so we invited Gary and his spiritual partner, Linda Francis, to the North Umpqua River to meet and talk with other veterans. It was an honor for all of us to meet him.

The day started with fly fishing on the majestic North Umpqua to enjoy the enduring beauty of this magical river in the company of other veterans, including Frank Moore, WWII veteran and fly fishing legend. After fly fishing, we all met up at Frank’s house to listen to Gary Zukav’s inspirational message. Several veterans also shared their perceptions of their own military service in the discussions that followed.

After the talk, several participants said that it was “the most thought-provoking conversation.” One of them also shared about going to our local bookstore and buying four of Gary Zukav’s books. Another guest wrote, “I would love to do it again, but explore deeper. We can listen more to Gary and challenge our thinking.”

The conversation was video-recorded by John Waller from Uncage the Soul, who also made the film Mending the Line with Frank Moore.

We look forward to the video with Gary Zukav, which will be available to the public nationwide.

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