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Upcoming Events

  • Writing Workshop
    Writing Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Apr 29
    Zoom
    Apr 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Zoom
    Apr 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Zoom
    Mil-Tree continues our weekly writing workshop on  Zoom. This workshop is open to veterans and civilians alike, facilitated by gifted writer, teacher and Mil-Tree Board Member, Renee Pickup.
  • Tapestry
    Tapestry
    Sat, May 04
    Joshua Tree Retreat Center (Sanctuary)
    May 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Joshua Tree Retreat Center (Sanctuary), 59700 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
    May 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Joshua Tree Retreat Center (Sanctuary), 59700 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
    Please join Mil-Tree for our final project of Tapestries of Transformation: Our One Act Play, “Tapestry”. Performed by veterans, family members and community, this performance will be the re-telling of a fantastical dream spanning one night of a warrior’s return home.
  • Singer Songwriter Workshop with Louise Goffin
    Singer Songwriter Workshop with Louise Goffin
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, May 31
    Joshua Tree
    May 31, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Joshua Tree, 8528 Desert Shadows Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
    May 31, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Joshua Tree, 8528 Desert Shadows Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
    Learn the elusive art of songwriting Louise Goffin. Her songwriting heritage is deeply ingrained, Louise engages audiences through her podcast "Song Chronicles", delving into the artistic process. May 31 / 6-9pm June 1 / 11-5pm June 2 / 11-4pm Location: FURSTWURLD, JOSHUA TREE, CA 92252

ALL NEW PROGRAM!

JANUARY - MAY 2024

Tapestries of Transformation

Through a multi-faceted offering, we are focused on building dialogue, ending veteran isolation, and creating more resilient communities. This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Inland SOCAL Creative Corps, A component fund at the Inland Empire Community Foundation, and in part by the California Art Council, a state agency. Click below to find out more about the program!

Veteran Stories

"Mil-Tree has created a platform for veterans in which I can participate, volunteer, or lead life changing workshops. They have found a way to tap into the core of what our veterans need, to be heard and to again feel productive. Through art and open nonjudgmental communications, Mil-Tree's constant  support to me has improved my spirits and helped me remember how much of an impact one positive person or group can make in the lives of others."

- Richard Finn, United States Army Veteran      

"I was truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the movement workshop with Mil-Tree. This experience helped me to remember my own personal resilience and created a safe space to explore rebuilding trust in our communities"

 

- Sonia Johnson, United States Army Veteran

"We created a safe place. Veterans with civilians right there with us, where it was possible for us to risk writing about the wounds we brought back from war. As we rode on the blessings from our rituals to beauty and grief, I tore off 95 pounds of armor I no longer needed. At long last I finally accepted the gift of welcome home."

- Dr. Scott Pengelly lieutenant in the USS Navy, navigator of the USS Rushmore, in two tours in the Middle East: 1964 - 1970