Melwood Veterans Services Operation Tohidu Retreat

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OPERATION TOHIDU® “Peace with the Past, through Power in the Present”.

 Operation Tohidu® is offered at no-cost to participants.

The 5-day retreat is free of charge to veterans and active duty service members (and their spouses, partners or caregivers for a couples retreat), including accommodations and travel.

The Global War on Terror has produced more than a half million American veterans with service-related injuries. This is in addition to the pre-9/11 era veteran population, many of whom are still struggling with service-related trauma. Thousands of these men and women are coping with invisible wounds, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and moral injury, or are processing the human impacts of their military service. These warriors struggle to recover not only their health, but also their well-being and sense of self: maintaining employment or duty status, finding jobs, rebuilding or maintaining family relationships, and figuring out their place in our communities. Their path is far from easy and many need our support.

Veterans have dedicated their lives to the protection of our liberties and rights. Operation Tohidu® serves them and challenges them – in some cases for the first time in a life dedicated to serving others –  to pursue their own right to happiness and to move forwards from their service experiences with renewed positivity and pride.

Programming is designed to facilitate post-traumatic growth and to drive or initiate progress on a participant’s post-trauma journey.  Operation Tohidu® assists participants in changing their mindset, reconnecting with their spiritual selves, adapting their approach to trauma, and regaining a sense of wellbeing and purpose.  Melwood Veterans Services’ adventure-based programming and positive psychology approach combine to encourage participants to overcome obstacles to their recovery and achieve the Operation Tohidu® mission of “Peace with the past, through power in the present”.


In a peaceful and secluded atmosphere, participants connect with nature and their fellow warriors to become empowered with alternative techniques to manage anxieties, post-traumatic stress and service-related issues. Download the Operation Tohidu® brochure to learn more about the program.  Our short-duration, high-impact approach has a transformative impact on participants who make the trip to reconnect with their warrior-selves and experience post-traumatic growth.


Operation Tohidu® retreats are held at Melwood’s 108-acre Retreat and Recreation Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland. Participants use ropes courses, zip lines, kayaks, equine therapy and other adventurous activities to augment educational sessions, periods of introspection and reflection, group discussions and spiritual reinforcement throughout the retreat.

  • Education about Trauma and Normal Response
  • Experiential Learning
  • Adventurous Activities & Team Building
  • Equine Activities
  • Peer Support
  • Skills Training
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Mindfulness

For more information please contact Travis Rahill at or 301-599-4550.


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