Healing of Memories Workshop for Veterans & First Responders

Healing of Memories Workshop for Veterans & First Responders

Army veterans saluting the flag illustrates Healing of Memories Workshop at Spirit in the Desert

FEBRUARY 4-6, 2022

Healing of Memories Workshop for Veterans & First Responders

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

This workshop from the Institute for Healing of Memories is a response to the emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses and other life-changing traumatic circumstances. This life-changing workshop is proven to help participants learn ways to overcome anger, loss, grief and guilt. Not only is it a step on the journey to personal healing, but also it contributes to the healing of interpersonal relationships.

Raves for Healing of Memories Workshops

  • “I was finally able to release myself from the personal prison I had put myself into.”
  • “This workshop is the master key to my healing and good health of mind, body and spirit.”
  • “This was not what I expected… but exactly what I needed!”

Workshops for Women Veterans

In addition to those workshops for Veterans and First Responders, 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 three years.

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


Saturday – Monday, February 4-6, 2023
Program begins with dinner at 6:00 pm


FREE to Veterans and First Responders


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

Call (480) 488-5218
Spirit in the Desert