Carefree Veteran Planning Healing Memories Workshop


By Curtis Riggs ~ Part-time Carefree resident Mike Wold is reaching out to Arizona military veterans by presenting a “Healing of Memories” workshop at the Spirit In The Desert Retreat Center in Downtown Carefree.

“Many members of the veteran community have memories of war they are still experiencing,” says Wold, a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. “The experiences are still causing them stress and problems.”

The workshops were created by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican missionary priest who in 1998 suffered the loss of his hands and the sight in one eye from a letter bomb that was sent to him in Zimbabwe by a supporter of the pro-apartheid movement. He decided to dedicate his life to helping victims of war, human-rights abuses and other traumatic circumstances.

Lapsley then developed the “Healing of Memories” workshops. Wold says they have had “good results.” He wants to get the word out in plenty of time for any veteran who might want to participate.

He will lead the three-day workshop in Carefree, which will begin at 6pm on Friday, October 18 and end at 2pm on October 20. Workshop attendees will stay at the retreat center that weekend.

Wold has been working with local companies and corporations to underwrite the costs of the workshops so veterans are not charged to attend. He called the support he has received locally “great.”

Carefree Mayor David Schwan said Wold is a “wonderful example” of what he frequently sees in Carefree.

“He had an idea to make things better and he took the initiative to make his idea a success.”

Veterans of any era may register for the free retreat by calling Cyndy at the retreat center at 480.488.5218 or e-mailing her at Information about the workshops can be found at the retreat center website, Registration is limited to the first 24 veterans who register. Information can also be obtained by contacting Wold at or calling 651.687.9767


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