Boulder Crest Retreat

Leveraging the success of Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia, the board of directors has agreed to move forward with an expansion strategy for the western United States and is purchasing a turnkey operating Ranch in Sonoita, Arizona. This Ranch will become Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona and will take care of all programming west of the Mississippi while Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia remains focused on all east of the Mississippi. Staffing for Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona will commence on May 1, 2017. There is some opportunity for staff housing on the ranch in the form of three, two-bedroom casitas. Sonoita, Arizona is located approximately one-hour south of Tucson and 40 minutes north of Sierra Vista. Sierra Vista is the home to a US Army Post, Fort Huachuca. Both Tucson and Sierra Vista offer great opportunities for family living. Preference for hiring will be given to US military combat veterans. Any social worker or mental health therapist must be open to the Warrior PATHH curriculum and not wed to the medical model of mental health care. PATHH stands for progressive and alternative training for healing heroes.


Boulder Crest Retreat is revolutionizing a model of healing that integrates evidence-based therapies, a safe, peaceful space and unparalleled customer service to improve physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic well-being for our nation’s combat veterans and their families.


Life is hard. Life is challenging, stressful and full of ups and downs. No group of men and women know that better than our nation’s combat veterans. It is estimated that more than 2.7 million men and women are battling the effects of combat-related stress in the wake of 16 years of war. The current mental health system, with its reliance on a one-size-fits-all approach, has proven ineffective and ill-equipped to address the nature and scale of the combat-related stress challenges facing combat veterans and their families. The pathological approach creates a diminished version of the patient by medicating and focusing on symptom reduction only. Although symptom reduction is important, more importantly is the measurement of growth after trauma. These service members, veterans and their families deserve and require training so they can begin to bring their unique set of skills, experiences and strengths to bear here at home.


We believe that a privately funded model is the only way to generate the innovation, flexibility, and individualized care required to solve this problem. We believe that combat veterans are only in need of training to thrive at home, and that they are the strongest among us. We believe that times of struggle can serve as the fuel for transformation and growth. We believe that a rural setting is a critical component of the healing process. We believe that combat-related stress is contagious. To heal combat veterans, you must focus on the entire family. We believe that strong, capable, and trained military mentors, working hand-in-hand with expert therapists, are the key to fostering an environment of trust, openness, and safety. We believe that life is hard and full of ups and downs. Successfully dealing with adversity requires mentors, support networks and wellness practices. We believe that a comprehensive wellness model encompasses Mind, Body, Spirit, and Financial