Pamlico Rose

Wellness. Resilience. Courage.
Commitment to better the lives of all who served – VET by VET

Our Mission

Advancing wellness and resilience-building programs for Veterans. Current focus is on female Veterans.  

Our Work

Our focus is to reach and help female Veterans, specifically, and Veterans overall, overcome the effects of trauma, such as anxiety, stress, and addiction and ease the struggle of the post-military service transition to civilian life, including social and community reintegration. 

We build and deliver an innovative, holistic and results-based program called Total Life Fitness (TLF) that helps Veterans strive to be well and resilient. 

We advocate through learning/exposure, outreach and hosting/sponsoring of events and activities to raise awareness of pressing Veteran issues at local, regional and national levels.

We partner with Veteran Service, civic, educational and non-profit organizations to promote a community supportive and inclusive of all Veterans who have served. To this end, Pamlico Rose Institute has take the REACH pledge to promote awareness of suicide as a public health crisis, in addition to the strategy elaborated in The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and end a National Tragedy of Suicide (or PREVENTS). We strive to create evidence-based programs to enable tenets of a sound approach to suicide prevention that utilize efforts and partnerships laid out in the Roadmap. 

We act ethically and with integrity, always considering what is best for the Veteran when advancing our mission. 

We are mindful through the development of our infrastructure in the historic district of Washington, NC of our civic responsibility to contribute to the sustainability of the community. As good stewards, we direct our efforts toward the benefit of preservation and reutilization of local cultural, historic, and natural resources as we pursue our mission and projects. 

About Pamlico Rose Institute

Founded in 2016, Pamlico Rose’s programs build a strong foundation of healthy living helping Veterans overcome the effects of trauma and ease the struggle with transition, including social and community reintegration, from military to civilian life. The current efforts focus on helping ease transition/reintegration for female Veterans.

Total Life Fitness (TLF) is an integrated wellness and resilience building approach for women Veterans that promotes healthy living and positive prevention strategies. TLF involves meaningful and persistent attention to daily activities and events, such as healthy eating and cooking, yoga, gardening, creative expression, and movement through nature. Living fit also utilizes behavioral skills such as anxiety management and mindful approaches stress and uncertainty. As well as interpersonal skills to build and engage a supportive community.  Finally, TLF includes self- transcendence – connecting to others, a cause or beliefs beyond self – as an important element in living fit. Pamlico Rose Institute offers an array of TLF programs at the Rose Haven Center of Healing, 1) three-day, two night retreats (2020 schedule suspended due to COVID-19, will resume when safe to do so), 2) Living Fit activity classes in woodworking, meditation, expressive arts; 3) enduring efforts in gardening and woodworking that help build life skills while giving back to the community and connecting with others.  Coming in the near future, a 6-8 week extended Total Life Fitness residential program for women Veterans in recovery from substance misuse.

Total Life Fitness Information

TLF Application Page

TLF Consent Waiver

Pamlico Rose is expanding knowledge of and appreciation for issues and concerns that affect transition and reintegration of the fast-growing population of female Veterans and their families.  These efforts inform mission and programs as well as support efforts ongoing elsewhere to provide greater awareness and understanding of the impact of military experience on Veterans. 

Learn more about Reintegration and Resilience (R&R) 

Women Veteran Total Life Fitness Retreats as a Holistic Wellness Approach to Facilitate Reintegration

Total Life Fitness as Prevention 

Institute Current Events

Summer Programing- Pamlico Rose is for the first time ever offering summer sessions and it is free of charge for all women Veterans. Starting the week of July 13th and applying social distancing guidelines, Courses in woodworking, Reiki meditation and stained glass promote ways to live fit and will be offered at the Rose Haven Center of Healing with the Nature and Forest Therapy Walks taking place at Goose Creek State Park. All classes will be 90 minutes long, with the Rose Haven classes beginning at 7pm and the Nature Walks beginning at 9am on Saturday Mornings. 

Summer Programming

GRIT Restoration


Our Home

The Rose Haven Center of Healing is a facility dedicated to serving female Veterans along with other Veteran populations that may struggle with the effects of their military service.  The Center covers ½ neighborhood block in Washington, NC’s historic district.

The Center Includes:

About Washington, NC

Washington lies within the Inner Banks of North Carolina at the headwaters of the Pamlico River, 25 miles upstream from the Pamlico Sound. Washington is a “connected community” featuring tightly-knit historic neighborhoods and a bustling Main Street district that offer a safe and public setting for a retreat that fosters reintegration.  Located directly on the scenic waterfront, downtown Washington offers fine restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, performance centers, and more. The locale’s natural beauty and temperate climate attract wildlife and outdoor sports enthusiasts and produce elegant and dramatic sunsets.

Meet The Pamlico Rose Team

Pamlico Rose would not be able to serve Veterans if not for is committed team of staff and volunteers. 

Meet Our Staff

Meet the Total Life Fitness Faculty

Meet the Pamlico Rose Board of Directors

Our Benefactor - Betty Ann Sands

Betty Sands was far from being just a mother. She inspired those around her by overcoming barriers and never being afraid to push herself to new heights. Betty was a quiet activist, engaging with her heart, mind, time and energy to promote community development and sustainability. Her values of acceptance and tolerance were a model for her husbands, children, and those who knew her. Pamlico Rose stands as a testament to her fortitude and draws inspiration from her life.