The women’s curriculum explores feminist challenges within military situations and American society, the role of women in combat, and the rights of military women who have endured sexual trauma as a result of their service. We aim to help our wounded women veterans by providing a discussion rich environment surrounded by nature. Other topics include sisterhood and motherhood among women veterans, from the War in Vietnam to conflicts in the Middle East.
Huts for Vets is designed to promote an enlarged sense of self through an intensified belonging to the natural world. This larger belonging can provide security, identity and psychological strength, all derived from the realization that we are part of something bigger, older and more complex than anything we know. There is nothing like a starry night sky to enhance this awareness.
With three full days in the mountains the effects of wilderness are, on their own, therapeutic. The static of the outside world becomes muted and the senses grow more acute. A calming remove from the tumult of the world is quickly achieved as there is no cell or internet reception. Focus on the ideas explored in the seminar becomes more pronounced while immersion in nature is unfiltered.