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The Starfish Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, is the sponsor of Healing Warrior Hearts, offering the programs at no cost to military veterans and their families.

War is more than the official theatre of combat. Beyond physical action, it is a battle of the spirit resulting in moral or spiritual injury and emotional trauma to the military and to the families and friends who support them.

Healing Warrior Hearts guides the wounded to the peace that heals and strengthens their hearts. The gathering of community, unconditional love and the absence of judgment create the safety required for healing to occur. Veterans will experience a community of support from fellow vets as well as civilians, people committed and willing to listen to the vets’ stories with compassion and confidentiality and without judgment, helping heal their hearts.

For more information,

call 414-374-5433

Or email

We provide programs for veterans and their families, dedicated to healing the emotional, moral and spiritual wounds of military service.

The weekend retreat is designed to give participants an extended experience, from Friday evening through Sunday evening, however, this program is not residential. Participants will return home each evening (unless they have traveled from a distance, in which case we will help to provide lodging and transportation for the weekend). The continuity of the three days allows for a deeper experience of connection and emotional safety.


Healing Warrior Hearts retreats

include activities for

  • getting to know your fellow participants 

  • sharing your experiences - at whatever level you are ready to do so

  • learning how the brain, body and emotions work together

  • envisioning a positive future

Plus, you will receive an "Emotional Well-Being Tool Kit" that provides skills for daily living and better relationships.

Veterans can attend this week at no cost. We are not however able to provide air transportation. If a veteran is from Wisconsin, we will do all we can to help find transportation to the camp location. We will also help coordinate transportation from Milwaukee, Madison or Green Bay airports to the camp.


Program Leaders: Patricia Clason, fondly known as the Sergeant Major’s Daughter, is the founder of Healing Warrior Hearts. In 1993 she co-founded with Christan Kramer, a Vietnam Veteran, the weekend healing program, Bamboo Bridge, for Vietnam Veterans. Today Patricia and other veteran instructors lead the retreats in Wisconsin and Texas.

We also offer retreats dedicated to working with Military Sexual Trauma, for men and women, as well as a retreat for LGBT veterans and a special retreat for military couples.

Map to our retreat location:

Center for Creative Learning

10919 W Bluemound Rd, #50 Wauwatosa, WI  53226


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