Theory of change

The transition period for service members as they leave active duty is a psychological minefield because the military is so much more than a job — it provides a community, a sense of purpose, a structure for living.

The first year is when our veterans need support most. Our goal is to provide a live-work fellowship that creates a place for healing, personal growth and professional transformation.

Programmatically, we will focus on the intersection of food, movement and mindfulness. We will also pursue partnerships with local community organizations, such as animal shelters and school/education programs, as well as small businesses, to support deeper regional economic development.


Combat veterans, within a year of discharge. 


One year, with four 12-week seasonal “rotations” of duties.


  • Professional training in high-growth, purpose- and service-oriented careers, including green tech and alternative health certifications
  • Teaching and leadership opportunities designed to facilitate networking with civilian populations
  • Community-based activism
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Yoga and traditional physical training
  • Mindfulness and meditation training
  • Gardening/farming and healthy cooking


  • A new community within the center and beyond
  • Increased networking and professional opportunities
  • Improved physical and mental health
  • Stress management techniques
  • Access to new and alternative healing modalities
  • Support for rural communities in need

Business model 

The center will be run as a self-sustaining business, with additional support for the residential program provided by federal funding. Our goal is to develop a sustainable, scalable model that can be replicated in other regions across the country.