The Pamlico Rose Institute
Growing Community by Preserving History
820 Park Dr. Washington, NC, 27889
(805) 320-2967

The Healing Vets Weekend

The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities (PRISC) invites everyone to their first Healing Vets Weekend, May 31 to June 2, 2018, in Washington, NC.  The weekend is a fundraising benefit for female Veterans and other Veteran populations.  Everyone is invited to come together in community and take part in an array of activities that offer pathways to healing.

Healing Vets Weekend 2019


The Healing Vets Weekend

Engaging mind and body paves the way for successful healing in Veterans dealing with physical and emotional trauma.  Community provides critical support to heal, as does art, music, and physical activities such as gardening, running, biking, and yoga.  Many activities are done in nature, and all stretch muscle and brain to help work through past traumatic experiences that threaten to overwhelm lives and families.  The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities (PRISC) invites everyone to their first Healing Vets Weekend, May 31 to June 2, 2018, in Washington, NC. The weekend is a fundraising benefit for female Veterans and other Veteran populations.  Everyone is invited to come together in community and take part in an array of activities that offer pathways to healing. For the body, The Ride for Rose Haven:  Supporting Women Who Served, on June 2, offers 20-, 54-, and 103-mile rides through the Inner Banks of North Carolina.  Complete with rest stops and resources to support riders, The Ride for Rose Haven beckons serious and recreational riders, Veterans and non-Veterans alike, to ride for health and well-being and support PRISC’s Rose Haven, a reintegration home in Washington, NC for female Veterans recovering from substance abuse.  A sunrise yoga session along the waterfront is open to all on Saturday and will start preparing riders and others for the day to come. The Healing Vets Weekend offers several other events for mind and soul on May 31 and June 1 that explore and engage healing for Veterans and can also appeal to those interested in the process of healing:

  • The opening of a Veteran artist exhibit on Thursday evening, May 31
  • An optional dinner provided to the riders and their family and support groups at Festival Park on Friday late afternoon, June 1, catered by Carryout by Chrislyn, a local favorite
  • An evening public reception and tour of historic Rose Haven, the reintegration home for female Veterans
  • A TEDx-like series of talks, VET Talks-IBX (Inner Banks), later that evening at the Turnage Theatre, featuring recognized speakers that will explore different dimensions and experiences of healing for female Veterans
  • And finally, a musical concert by Squier Red to benefit the Artful and Healing Gardens project associated with Rose Haven.

There is a registration fee for the bike ride that will go to support Rose Haven, and a separate fee for the Friday dinner.  Free camping in beautiful Festival Park will be offered to interested riders and their families/support groups.  There is alternative lodging in the Washington and Greenville, NC areas as well.  All other events are free to the public; donations will be accepted at the concert. The Healing Vets Weekend featuring The Ride for Rose Haven offers a chance to come together as a community of female Veterans and other Veteran groups, families, artists, cycling enthusiasts, and a host of others to promote healing through meaningful events and activities. To find out more information about and/or register for The Ride for Rose Haven, please click HERE.

The Healing Vets Weekend At A Glance

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The Healing Vets Art ExhibitMay 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Turnage Theatre

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PRISC and Art of the Pamlico are cosponsoring the Healing Vets Art Exhibit in the historic Turnage Theatre in the Turnage Art Gallery.  Veteran artists of all media from Beaufort County, and across the state of North Carolina are welcome to submit their works for display.  The theme for this exhibit is healing.  The Arts of the Pamlico will curate the exhibit.  All artists are welcome to the exhibit opening on May 31, 2018 starting at 6 p.m.  The exhibit will run for two (2) weeks.  All proceeds from the sale of art will go directly to the artist.  For more information on how to submit your work for the exhibit, contact: .

Veteran Outreach Fair/Ride Registration – June 1, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Festival Park.  Riders can register for the ride at this time. Riders will also be able to register the morning of the Ride at Festival Park starting at 6 a.m.  There will also be several Veteran organizations and other organizations with tables set up to bring awareness to Veteran issues and opportunities.

Optional Friday DinnerJune 1, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Carryout by Chrislyn – 128 E 2nd St, Washington, NC 27889 (2 blocks from Festival Park).  Riders have option to sign up for the dinner through the registration application.

Tour of Rose HavenJune 1, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 219 E. 3rd Street (1 block from Carryout by Chrislyn)

PRISC’s twin missions are historic preservation and service to at-risk Veteran populations.  PRISC’s pilot project is Rose Haven, the rehabilitation of an 1892 house in Washington, NC, and the use of the renovated house to open a reintegration home for female Veterans.  Rose Haven is undergoing rehabilitation, and proceeds from The Ride for Rose Haven will go directly to this goal as well as to the development of programs for residents.  Part of the development of Rose Haven is a healing landscape that will include both a healing and produce garden that residents will help construct and maintain, with the produce not use by Rose Haven going to support local food pantries.

There will be a reception and tours of Rose Haven on Friday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to highlight progress on both the house and healing landscape.  Rose Haven is an easy three-block walk from Festival Park and downtown Main Street (see map of the event sites).  For more information about Rose Haven, and for additional questions and information on the house, its history, and the program, contact Robert Greene Sands, PRISC CEO, at

VET TalksIBX – June 1, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Turnage Theatre

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On Friday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Turnage Theatre, PRISC is hosting a series of TEDx-like talks, labeled VET Talks-IBX, to offer different perspectives on healing and Veterans.  VET Talks-IBX will offer presentations from five speakers with personal experiences and understanding of Veterans and the physical and emotional trauma that affects many Veterans, to include the process of healing.  The presentations will be videotaped and provided on the PRISC website following The Healing Vets Weekend.  The lineup of speakers will be available as the event draws closer.  For more information on VET Talks-IBX, please contact Robert Greene Sands, PRISC CEO, at

Dr. Tracy Jackson
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Hope for Healing Chronic Pain and Addiction  –  Although there is no quick fix for these chronic illnesses, there are ample data – particularly in veterans – for the brain’s remarkable capacity to change with appropriate treatment.  Dr. Jackson will discuss the neuroscience behind these disorders and the holistic, community-based strategies for restoring function and promoting healing.

Gayla Elliott, A.R.T.
Art Therapist
Creative Forces Program Manager
Intrepid Spirit Concussion Recovery Center, NH180
Camp Lejeune

Art from The Warrior’s Heart  –  Healing from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wounds of war can be a long and arduous journey for the warrior.  Creative arts therapies offer a unique and powerful approach to working through difficult emotions, restoring hope, building resiliency, and connecting with society in a meaningful way.  Ms. Elliott’s talk will provide a snapshot of the art therapy program at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, NC.

Dr. Robert Greene Sands
CEO, Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities &
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
Norwich University

Finding the strength to heal through community  –  Healing involves building resilience to the effects of the past, and to confidently engage what the future may bring.  Family, friends and those in the larger community also play an important role as healing involves the power of positive relationships.  Dr. Greene Sands will present on social resilience as a critical set of interaction-based skills that can promote effective relationships necessary in the healing process.

Dr. Nathan Galbreath
Department of Defense
Deputy Director Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO)

Hope for Healing from Life’s Rough Lessons – The School of Hard Knocks provides everyone with different coursework.  And – there’s little that prepares us for its pop quizzes and unexpected, comprehensive exams.  Dr. Galbreath reviews the latest on everyone’s innate and learned abilities to pass the tests we just can’t study for.

 Benefit ConcertSquier Red & The Blues Band, June 1, 8:15 to 10:00 p.m., Turnage Theatre

To conclude Friday evening, following a short intermission after VET Talks-IBX, the Raleigh, NC – based Squier Red & The Blues Band will present a benefit concert for Rose Haven and the Healing Landscape.  The concert will start at 8:15 p.m.  Squier Red features band members who are Veterans and their involvement in The Healing Vets Weekend is the band’s way to offer music to promote healing.  Donations and gifts are encouraged in lieu of admission.  To learn more about Squier Red go to  For information on the concert, contact Pamela Anderson, at

Sunrise Yoga—June 2, 5:50 to 6:30 a.m., Waterfront Park

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Join riders and non-riders greet the new day.  Yoga has been found to be an important channel to healing for many Veterans, and provides other benefits to healthy living.  Bring a mat or just a blanket.  Open to the public.

The Ride for Rose HavenJune 2, 7:20 a.m.  Start Ceremony, 7:30 a.m. ride start, Start/Finish at Festival Park

The Ride for Rose Haven will start at 7:30 a.m. from Festival Park.  There will be a brief ceremony starting at 7:20 a.m.  The routes will be open until 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.  For questions about registration or the ride, please contact The Ride for Rose Haven staff at


The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities is a Washington, N.C. nonprofit that rehabilitates failing or vacant historic homes for use in residential programs for female Veterans and disabled Veterans and their families, many of whom suffer from physical trauma, emotional trauma, or both.  Restoring these historic houses provides homes and a place to rehabilitate their bodies and souls – and catalyzes community sustainability.  Our initial pilot project, Rose Haven, is a reintegration home for female Veterans recovering from substance abuse.  Rose Haven also includes the development of a program of social resilience to help facilitate community reintegration.  Social resilience promotes interactional skills that are critical to help Veterans work through barriers because of their trauma.  Find out more information about PRISC at or Rose Haven at