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Upcoming Events

  • Movement Workshop with Barbara Koch
    Movement Workshop with Barbara Koch
    Sat, Feb 24
    Location is TBD
    Feb 24, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 25, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Feb 24, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 25, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    The final workshop in February for the Tapestries of Transformation Program. This is a two day workshop. Sat. & Sun. 12-3 PM.
  • Writing Workshop
    Writing Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Feb 26
    Feb 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST
    Feb 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST
    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.



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