Forty nine women gathered at Giants Ridge May 3-5 for healing, relaxation, and relationship-building. The women were all veterans, ranging in age from 34 to 79, and for some of them it was the first time they had met with other female veterans and shared their experiences.
The weekend-long retreat was free to local women veterans that resided within the United Way of NEMN service territory, and included programs like “Recording our History” by Pippi Mayfield of Veterans Memorial Hall and “Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” with retired Major John Donovan. It also included activities like yoga, metal bracelet stamping, and pallet painting. The weekend concluded with keynote speaker Irmadene Hanson who spoke on magnifying influence through leadership.
This was the second annual women’s retreat, and participation has grown from 32 in 2018 to 49 in 2019. The women who participated have formed a community and now meet monthly for dinner as a group on their own, volunteer throughout the region, and travel to other activities for veterans throughout the state.
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