Your gift will help provide participants with travel, lodging, and meals. Please join others, such as the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation, in supporting this unique effort to improve the lives of the veterans we owe a significant debt.
LTMC is a 501c3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible. Please help us reach our goal of
For more information, you’re welcome to speak with our Director and Guiding Teacher, Ralph Steele (U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran), email or call 505.982.4183 or email Advisory Board Chair Debbee Maraglio-Lynn Ph.D. (U.S. Navy Veteran) at

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The Veteran Meditation Retreat is a worthwhile and potentially life-changing effort and has never been done at this magnitude. Thank you for your support.

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The Veteran Meditation Retreat

Saint John's Hospice in Philadelphia has become a stable pillar of aide for many homeless men, including veterans, as the line for a hot meal may indicate. In response to the traumatizing impacts of a nation at war during every generation for more than 100 years, the Life Transition Meditation Center plans a beginning meditation retreat, at no cost to veteran participants. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen/ Use of US Defense Department images does not imply DoD endorsement)

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Dowling Charlton applies for health benefits during the Department of Veterans Affairs Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness at the North Charleston Armory. In response to the traumatizing impacts, including homelessness, of a nation at war during every generation for more than 100 years, the Life Transition Meditation Center plans a beginning meditation retreat, at no cost to veteran participants. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class George Goslin/ Use of US Defense Department images does not imply DoD endorsement)

Over 135,000 veterans live in just the state of New Mexico. According to the U.S. Veterans Administration, many recent veterans suffer from anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder, but fewer than half seek treatment.
There are unique challenges, such as the increased risk of suicide, homelessness, and incarceration, that American veterans face and for which they need support. Many of these challenges are related to the experiences of long-term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Research by Haider et al. (2021) has shown meditation interventions are effective in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD.

All veterans are welcome regardless of discharge status, gender, religion, ethnicity, Two-Spirit, and

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Our majority-veteran board of advisors, led by Ralph Steele, is committed to sharing this evidence-based, potent, yet
simple practice. On October 13-16, 2023, we’re offering a free Veteran’s Retreat at
The Clyde Hotel in
Albuquerque, where participants can learn these simple, powerful healing tools. No prior meditation experience is

​Would you assist us in helping the veterans who volunteered to serve and risk their lives for our country at home and
in war to heal from the traumas sustained defending our people and land?

PO Box 9286, Santa Fe, NM 87504


The inaugural Veteran Meditation Retreat is about Meditation with Silence as the anchor to develop the ability to be in silence. Over the past thirty years, this simple yet powerful practice has been researched at leading universities. The instruction will emphasize our connection to nature and one another and will not be attached to any religion.

Meditation helps individuals find the space to respond rather than react and reduces anxiety and stress, natural by-products of daily meditation practice. The retreat will begin Friday at 5 p.m. on October 13 and end Monday at 11 a.m. on October 16. The schedule will provide ample practice opportunities from early morning until late evening, focusing on silence and time for socializing and rest. Participants will receive a detailed schedule at the retreat's start. This retreat will be a blueprint for Veterans across the United States.

We invite you to consider supporting The Life Transition Meditation Center (LTMC). The Life Transition Meditation Center (LTMC), a non-profit in Santa Fe, will introduce meditation training for veterans. For thirty years, LTMC has trained people from various communities—men, youth, and people of color—in meditation techniques derived from long-standing Buddhist practices.