Silver Lining Villages is a self-help life skills academy providing alternative stress reduction techniques, holistic services, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), and other non-invasive stress reduction practices for active duty military servicemen/women, veterans and their families. Their clients report 60 to 90% reduction in the effects of post-traumatic stress (PTS), military sexual trauma (MST), and traumatic brain injury (TBI) when they complete six months of weekly sessions with practitioners.
Since inception in 2012, Silver Lining Villages, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has conducted over 500 sessions, workshops, retreats, and group sessions independently and for organizations such as the Georgia National Guard.
They were nominated for The National Guard Innovation Award, and became the only Georgia MST organization mentioned in the 2014 Report to the President for Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation! Founder Toni Colley-Lee, EFT-CP II, is a Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner, Advanced Theta Healer, Matrix Re-imprinting, and Pranic Healer. She utilizes EFT and other training in alternative energy practices for depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress. She founded the organization while working with a substance abuse facility and witnessing the profound effect that these Complementary Alternative Medicine practices had on veterans with PTS, also known as PTSD.
Through their partnership with The Peace At Home Project at Waypoint Ranch in Carrollton, GA, Silver Lining Villages is able to provide a combination service of equine assisted stress reduction and EFT in 8-week program sessions. Equine Director Stephanie Cirasa has more than 20 years of experience with horses, has devoted herself to the study of Applied Equine Ethology, and is a military wife.
Stephanie is certified in EAGALA model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) with a military services designation. In a combination of equine sessions with individuals and families, followed by group EFT, significant changes in stress level can occur. Silver Lining Villages offers one day, two day and three day retreats using EFT and other modalities for stress reduction. They are also developing one- to five day retreats that will include equine assisted modalities in conjunction with EFT.
Silver Lining Villages has a well-rounded primary staff including RN/Nurse Educator Aliyah Barry. Aliyah has over 30 years of experience in clinical and managerial nursing. She has experience as a Staff Nurse (PRN) in Adult Psychiatric Services, Crisis Intervention, has been a nursing instructor, and is also a Matrix Re-imprinting & Energy Techniques Practitioner. She has worked at many large hospitals in the Atlanta area including Grady Hospital, Emory Hospital, and Georgia Baptist Hospital.
Silver Lining Villages’ efforts to help active duty military personnel and Veterans is just getting started. They are working to secure grants to aid in the launch of several new training and work programs, including a mobile kitchen that focuses on the processing of fresh produce from small local farming outfits.
The mobile kitchen will not only provide more fresh food options in ‘food deserts’ in the community but will also provide jobs for unemployed Veterans. Additionally this program will address the estimated national average of 25% of active duty military families around metro Atlanta, with program Veterans teaching families how to make ends meet with small urban farming. They have also secured a building and land that will be an additional site for agriculture, sessions and retreats. With grants and help from donations, they will be able to renovate the building, provide furniture, and create a relaxing environment for clients.
Donations are key to the survival of Silver Lining Villages and other similar organizations. A donation of $20.00 covers the cost of a 2-hour workshop for one Veteran.
A donation of $80 can provide gas for van travel from shelters to our programs for a week. There are several ways to give including donating through our partnership with the Kroger Rewards Card Program, Amazon Smiles Program and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for federal employees along with either a check and credit card. No donation is too small and all are appreciated.
To learn more them and to connect, please visit http://www.silverliningvillages.org.