Veterans Retreats are primarily focused on the practice of meditation. This supports veterans and their family members in facing the more fundamental injuries caused by the experience of and preparation for war—injuries that are deeply moral and spiritual in nature.
During the retreats, participants learn and practice several forms of meditation: sitting, walking, writing, eating, working, speaking, and listening. The time together includes long periods of silence, which supports the process of healing and transformation. While Claude AnShin Thomas is rooted in Zen Buddhist practice, these retreats are intended for people of any spiritual background.