Raven Drum Foundation's "Veteran Resiliency Project" and Resiliency Radio is a program of the Raven Drum Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2001 by my wonderful friends Rick Allen, drummer for Def Leppard, and his wife Lauren Monroe, MA, CMT. I feel very honored to know them and be a part of their wonderful program.
The Veteran Resiliency Project is an innovative healing program for veterans, active duty military, and their families. They use self-care modalities to aid in healing combat-related trauma, and the everyday stress, anxiety, and depression experienced by service men and women and their families.
Raven Drum is an organization that seeks to heal individuals through drumming circles. Raven Drum’s mission is
to serve, educate and empower veterans and people in crisis. The Veteran Resiliency Project is the foundation’s primary program and focuses on veterans and their families. This program guides participants and provides somatic and integrative tools that bring body and mind to a place of rest and balance. The foundation engages music as a tool for healing allowing participants to use rhythm as a form of release, an avenue for empowerment and a means to connect to others. This exciting new radio show taps into the very heart of Raven Drum allowing the message of resiliency to reach far and wide.
What would you do if you were suddenly faced with the threat of losing
your most important gift? What if regaining it required more effort and willpower than you’d ever imagined and forced you to rely on parts of yourself you never even knew existed?
The video below was sent
to me by my Rick to share. He and Lauren payed a visit to the Life Savers Ranch in
Lancaster, CA and each had a first hand experience gentling or whispering wild horses.
It was quite a healing project for Rick,
who still suffers from "phantom limb" issues with his left arm which he
lost in 1985 in a car accident while he was Def Leppard's drummer at age 15.
Current research demonstrates that the primary impact of traumatic experience is a bodily impact. Our body, as the site of all human experience, stores the memory of traumatic experience implicitly, and these memories permeate our thoughts, feelings and actions. By using the drum circle as a backbone, our programs incorporate drumming, rhythm, movement, dance, yoga, breathing techniques, and the practice of mindfulness and meditation. When combined together these modalities help to release and heal the trauma allowing the body to become integrated and whole.
This program provides participants with self-help and self-healing tools to be incorporated into their daily lives to help cope with their emotional, physical and psychological wounds.
Over the past several years, we have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of veterans throughout the country and we hope to continue to expand our programs to reach more and more service men and women, especially new veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with life-changing injuries. Additionally, we are developing components of the program that will focus specifically on women veterans, as well as military spouses, partners and families.
The Veteran Resiliency Project is our way of giving back to these courageous and inspiring warriors by providing them with a new path for the future.
Visit The Veteran Resiliency Project 's
"Inspirational stories of empowerment
and overcoming adversity. Our audience includes veterans, their families, and all people who are interested in healing and finding balance during stressful times."
The Raven Drum Foundation began in
2001 to educate and empower individuals and communities in crisis
through healing arts programs, drumming events and collaborative partnerships. Through their personal and professional experiences, founders Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe, have chosen to dedicate their
lives to helping people overcome the emotional and physical pain resulting from traumatic events, with a special focus on veterans of war. Drum circles and healing workshops have been provided at military bases, hospitals, juvenile detention centers, and various community organizations.
The Raven Drum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to serve, educate and empower veterans and people in crisis. We are based in Southern California and travel throughout the United States to provide service where we are needed.
Over the past decade, Raven Drum has been honored to work with amazing groups of people. We are continually inspired, especially by our veterans, to continue serving and sharing our gift of healing and peace.