Source One Serenity offers all-inclusive fly-fishing and conservation retreats on Oregon’s Umpqua River geared specifically for Combat Veterans. Our goal is to teach the meditative properties of fly-fishing and, combined with the healing characteristics of nature, create a haven for social camaraderie and healthy distraction from the torment of traumatic experiences. We strongly believe that fly-fishing is a recreational therapy that aids health and well-being through the trance-like repetitive motions of casting, the calming sound of moving water and the serenity of the natural surroundings.
Fly-fishing is the type of activity that quickly brings people together through a uniform, positive experience. Among numerous academic studies supporting our thesis is research conducted by the University of Southern Maine, the University of Utah, and the VA in Salt Lake City. The study specifically analyzed Combat Veterans who participated in a fly-fishing retreat. The researchers found that participants had significant reductions in stress, PTSD symptoms and improvements in their sleep quality1.
We at Source One Serenity firmly believe this sort of recreational therapy greatly improves one’s quality of life. We are convinced that experiencing fly-fishing with peers aids in group healing and eases one’s adaption into civilian life. We are committed to running group fly-fishing programs and, ultimately, establishing a permanent retreat that provides alternative, positive therapies and outreach for returning Combat Veterans.
1. Edwards, S. (2015). Fly-fishing and the Brain. Newsletter On The Brain. Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute. Accessed at: http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/fly-fishing-and-brain