Warriors Live On (WLO) is a San Diego non-profit organization established in 2012 to provide educational and life-changing experiences for combat veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are battling the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
WLO understands the challenges combat veterans face integrating into civilian lives as productive and positive members of communities. Recognizing that the effects of PTSD on both mind and body can be healed, WLO offers holistic programming incorporating nature treks, acupuncture, Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence, yoga and nutrition. This multi-modal approach eases symptoms of PTSD and provides a new way of living. We provide natural techniques that include
1. Community Acupuncture
2. Organic Intelligence
3. Yoga classes
4. Nature Treks on the Pacific Crest Trail
We strive to help combat veterans integrate into civilian lives as productive and positive members of their communities. WLO’s programs focus on holistic health and healing. We provide veterans with educational experiences that are designed to teach essential skills for healthy, sustainable and fruitful living in a supportive and healing environment.
1. Symptom Reduction: reduction of depression, anxiety, PTSD
2. Systems Repair: reintegration into family and community
3. Wholeness: enhance connection to inner well-being, sense of purpose
4. Mentorship: scholarships for continued reintegration and life happiness
5. Prescription Medication: reduction of prescription treatments
WLO’s actions are guided by four core values.
1. Compassion: Sensitivity and responsiveness to persons in need
2. Empathy: Culture of openness and sharing of feelings with one another
3. Stewardship: Respectful use of all natural, human and financial resources
4. Body-Mind-Spirit: Acknowledging that all three of these components are equally as important when assessing one’s health
Warriors Live On conducts programs in partnership with various community groups, individuals and organizations dedicated to working collaboratively to heal veterans. Our main headquarters is housed at Eight Elements West in La Jolla.
At Eight Elements West (8EW), veterans can practice therapeutic modalities such as yoga, acupuncture and Chinese herbology, craniosacral therapy, Organic Intelligence (OI), Somatic Experiencing (SE), and much more. Comfortable, light and airy, with skylights and large window views of Mt. Soledad, 8EW is also located two blocks from beautiful WindSea beach. , We encourage Veterans to take advantage of the healing aspects of nature, and we’ll head down for OI/SE sessions intermittently.
Through our partnership with Eight Elements West Institute for Somatic Education and Integrative Wellness we are able to deliver a multitude of experiences that help the Combat Veteran heal from the consequences of War.
Warriors Live On believes in the holistic healing of trauma. We believe in practices that integrate body, mind and spirit. In addition to some common medical practices that address the acute mental health symptoms of battlefield trauma, warriors need the ongoing support of an understanding community. As Warriors move through and heal symptoms they learn to Live On again in a more integrated and intentional way.
We utilize strength-based teaching methods for the body, relaxation methods, mindfulness, and also adventure-based group therapy methodologies to build self-efficacy, coping skills, relationship-building and healthy living skills. Much of our work integrates mind and body, and, eventually, spiritual connections are made, as warriors living beyond trauma find deeper inspiration within. Although we are not a religious-based organization, many of our programs allude to the spiritual, where we find kindness towards our human fellowship.
“More fundamental than religion is our basic human spirituality. We have a basic human disposition towards love, kindness and affection, irrespective of whether we have a religious framework or not. When we nurture this most basic human resource—when we set about cultivating those basic inner values which we all appreciate in others, then we start to live spiritually.” —Dalai Lama
Warriors Live On strives to provide educational programs that nurture these most basic human resources in settings that are healing in nature, eco-friendly, community-building, and life-changing. In essence, we create cooperative living experiences wherein combat veterans learn from each other, heal with each other, and empower each other to Live On.