Healing of Memories Workshop for Women Veterans

Healing of Memories Workshop for Women Veterans

NOVEMBER 15-17, 2024

Healing of Memories Workshop for Women Veterans

The Healing of Memories workshop is a safe place for participants to explore personal histories and gain insight and empathy for themselves and others.

Spirit in the Desert and the Institute for Healing of Memories began workshops for women veterans only in 2017. Why? To answer a “call” from so many women in the military who have been subjected to Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The statistics on this kind of trauma are astounding and heart-wrenching; the fact is that it happens not just in combat overseas and far from home, it is also right here on our military bases, and it affects women of all ages, all ethnicities, and all ranks. Click here for some of the latest information released on MST and other abuses women experience in our military.

Graciela Marroquin is leader of the Healing of Memories Retreat for Women Veterans at Spirit in the Desert

About the Retreat Leader

Graciela Marroquin enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 18 in 1992, beginning as a plane captain. In 2003 Marroquin transferred into the Army National Guard, and in 2004 served a tour in Baghdad, Iraq, as a combat-medic and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After serving 14 years in the military, she returned to her civilian job at a community mental health agency, while earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She now resides in Tempe, AZ where she conducts post-graduate research, veteran outreach, peer mentorship, and group facilitation for women veterans.

As a post-traumatic-stress “Victor,” she is pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on trauma, stress, resiliency, and moral conflict/injury. She has been a Healing of Memories facilitator in the Phoenix area for two years.

Marroquin was a Top 25 Finalist for 2018 Ms. Veteran America.


Friday – Sunday, November 15-17, 2024
Program begins with dinner at 6:00 pm


FREE to Women Veterans


Call (651) 687-9767
Mike Wold,
U.S. Navy vet & workshop coordinator or

Call (480) 488-5218
Spirit in the Desert