What to Expect at Operation Tohidu®
Melwood’s Veterans Services Operation Tohidu® is an experiential retreat program delivered in the quiet seclusion of nature, with an intensive focus on challenge, adventure, group activities, introspection and growth. During the retreat veterans, service members, national guard and reserves connect with nature and their fellow warriors to learn effective techniques in mitigating post-traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury and other service-related traumas. Melwood Veterans Services’ adventure-based programming and positive psychology approach combine to encourage participants to overcome obstacles to their recovery and capitalize upon the Operation Tohidu® mission:
“Peace with the Past, through Power in the Present”.
“Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit. The program focuses on outdoor activities, teamwork, confidence-building, group discussion and introspection in a relaxed and positive environment. Activities and programming are designed to facilitate post-traumatic growth and to drive or initiate progress on a participant’s post-trauma journey. Melwood Veterans Services staff of professionals, certified recreational specialists and veteran retreat-leaders team to focus the mind on positive psychology and an adventurous approach. Operation Tohidu® encourages participants to change their mindset, adapt their approach to trauma and promotes an increased sense of wellbeing and purpose.
What Happens After I Register?
Once your application is completed and submitted, Melwood Veterans Services will reach out to you, typically within 48 hours of registration. The purpose of this contact will be to learn more about your personal situation, determine which retreat might be the best fit for you, explore scheduling options and to set up follow up calls. Since participation in Operation Tohidu® is voluntary and handled with the utmost discretion, we wish to ensure that your time with us is as productive and useful as possible in helping you achieve your personal goals. To this end a separate, individual call is arranged with a member of our Staff to determine your exact needs, situation and joint goals for our engagement.
Thank you for registering for an Operation Tohidu® retreat. Everyone at Operation Tohidu® is looking forward to meeting you. The following information will provide you with some helpful details about your arrival and stay, including where you can find us, what to bring, and directions.