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Circle of Trees

By Eva M. Belanger, MFT, SEP As an avid camper and backpacker, I learned long ago how important it is to set up your tent in a location that is flat, free of rocks, anthills, running water or streams that can expand and bulge with the slightest midnight sprinkle. Scrambling in the dead of a…

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Hawk Life, My Life

By Eva M. Belanger, LMFT, SEP We are human beings so it may be challenging to imagine your life as a hawk, but let’s try.  Through our imagination we can envision what it may be like to sweep over grasslands in flight, just skimming the surface of the grass popping out of the water. We…

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Humility and Gratitude: Thoughts and Images from the May 25- 28 2018 Nature Trek

From May 25 to May 28 combat veterans with Warriors Live On went on a five day nature trek in the mountains of Southern California. These nature excursions are an important part of WLO’s integrative approach to overcoming trauma and offer some of the most powerful and healing moments experienced by all involved. Below are…

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Bringing Heart to Life

Years ago Bob Speck and Eva Belanger founded Warriors Live On, together.  Bob’s wife Jo was also a part of this beautiful beginning.  Bob has recently written a beautiful blog post ” Bringing Heart to Life” that includes a picture of WLO on a nature hike. It brings back great memories and touches on the…

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WLO Founder Eva Belanger, honored by Connected Women of Influence

On March 21, Warriors Live On founder Eva Belanger was honored by Connected Women of Influence as one of four finalists for the 2018 Veteran’s of Influence award. An incredible moment for her, Eva said, “I was pulled on stage and it was really honoring and it felt incredible to be in the company of…

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Wilderness: The New Treatment for PTSD

Backpacker magazine has run an amazing story that confirms what we already know to be true: There is Power in Nature! ________ Wilderness: The New Treatment for PTSD Annette McGivney   New science seeks to quantify how wild spaces can treat widespread mental health issues. In the wake of a personal struggle, writer Annette McGivney…

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WLO in the La Jolla Light!

We’re excited to see an article on Warriors Live On in the La Jolla Light. It really helps to make the public aware of the problems many Veterans are facing and the work that we are doing to overcome them. You can read the WLO article in the La Jolla Light here: http://www.lajollalight.com/news/sd-cm-ljl-ptsd-20171206-story.html  

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Coming Together to Heal, and Not Re-Traumatize

Coming Together to Heal, and Not Re-Traumatize One of the most difficult groups to get together is a group of those suffering from PTSD.  There is a tendency to want to share what we have in common, to retell stories of trauma, and to legitimize, speak words to the horror in some way in hopes…

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What is Organic Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing?

What is Organic Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing and why do you swear by it? Answer by Eva M. Belanger, ED and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: OI and SE teaches human beings how to be human.  Organic Intelligence uses resources that we all have internal to each of us.  Its not a matter of telling traumatic stories…

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