Veterans Alternative Retreat Program

Retreats at the Veterans Alternative are open to Combat Veterans and Veterans who have served in support of combat and their spouses/significant others. Retreats are for 6 days and offer evidence based and complementary modalities to support Combat Veterans and spouses. The Veterans Alternative is the first center to bring research proven modalities, in a collective holistic manner, including Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Integrative Restoration (iRest), and Camaraderie-Building programs. This holistic evidence based approach aims to serve the mind, body, and spirit of our American Heroes.

Services offered each day of the retreats are:

ART which is a rapidly emerging evidence based form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies, but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions) and with very high rates of treatment completion. Clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, combat related trauma, substance use, sexual abuse and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session. In November of 2015, ART was formally classified at the federal level by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices as an effective treatment for psychological trauma and depression.

iRest is a guided meditation practice that is provided to Veterans and their families to relieve triggers that Veterans experience from Combat and MST to help them transition back to civilian life. iRest is being utilized by a growing number of healthcare organizations, including the Veterans Administration, US Department of Defense, and other hospitals, homeless centers, and addiction treatment facilities. Research indicates many benefits can be gained from this practice. 

Physical Fitness


Yoga has established a sure foot in the military. A growing body of research attests to yoga’s ability to facilitate recovery from the physical and emotional effects of trauma. Some soldiers returning from war report profound healing mentally, physically and socially. Yoga can play a vital role in restoring an ability to connect socially and re-enter civilian life. One of the effects of trauma is that people feel disconnected from the world around them, and attending a class with others begins to restore a sense of safety with other people and consequently within themselves. Group yoga practice can connects them back to that part of themselves that is whole, complete, untouched by trauma.

Gentle Yoga is a less intense, more simplistic form of yoga that offers modifications to the standard Hatha yoga poses. The pace is very relaxed, and is a good alternative for those who are trying to get active again, recovering from an illness or injury, are pregnant, or those who are simply looking for a calming practice. This is a great place to start your yoga practice.

Hatha Yoga is traditional standing and seated poses with focus on proper breathing techniques. Hatha Yoga will calm the mind through concentration on alignment of the body, build strong bones and muscles. Beginner to Intermediate.

Power yoga is a vigorous, fitness-based approach to yoga. Power yoga uses sun salutations and emphasizes strength and flexibility. Intermediate to Advanced.

Ashtanga Yoga is the traditional power yoga practice. You will practice sun salutes A and B and set sequence of standing and seated postures. Intermediate to Advanced.

TRX Tactical Trainer

TRX’s most comprehensive deployable training solution, the TRX Tactical Training Locker, delivers fully-integrated gear, programming and education, anywhere. Ropes, kettle bells and squat bars, TRX trainers, pull up bars, and more. Using cutting-edge training methodologies programmed on the highest quality, field-tested gear, the Locker provides a complete training solution for all branches of the military and first responders.


Filipino Combat Systems – it is classified as a Filipino martial art (FMA). FMA are tribal in nature, the systems were taught to the immediate family and the tribe. It is a weapons based Close Quarter Combat (CQC) martial art that focuses primarily on edged weapons. It is not a very well known martial art and was rarely shared outside of the family or tribe; many FMA systems are still that way. A lot of the edged weapons techniques utilized by special operations teams throughout the world come from FMA systems. FMA is currently utilized in a lot of movies; a good representation of the art can be seen in the Bourne movie series.

The system maintains that tribal aspect and members’ train as a group and the training methods fosters close bonds, requires teamwork and build camaraderie. The primary training tool is a single or double rattan stick, which is representative of any long weapon. It is extremely taxing on your coordination and drills are extremely fast. The art is based on continuous flow or the weapons with a partner at close range, time only to react not think. It has been described as high-speed chess with weapons. It uses complex flow patterns with both hands utilizing both sides of the body with footwork. It challenges but sharply increases coordination and students become more ambidextrous.

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Veterans Alternative

1750 Arcadia Road,

Holiday, FL 34690

Phone. 727-939-8387