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Resolute Ranch & Resiliency Co.
Defense Midwest, and all of the associated instructors and affiliates are acutely aware of and saddened by the excessively high rate of suicide and other self destructive habits associated with service in this country; whether that service is military, law enforcement or emergency services. This directly applies to service members, their spouses, their families, and/or their significant others. We have all been directly impacted from the effects of stress modern service puts on these family units and of the tragic loss and damage that can't be fixed. In 2019, according to the CDC, Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the US with 47,511 American deaths. They also estimated that there were 1.38 million attempts and that approximately 12 million Americans contemplated the act. 
We are dedicating our own time and money to helping prevent these tragedies and to hopefully reduce the numbers significantly. Active outdoor activities coupled with working with animals and other agricultural enterprises have proven to be helpful in refocusing and resetting individuals perspectives on their own lives and on their importance. We recognize the problem is obviously quite complex and individual, and that our reach is limited - but what Resolute Ranch and Resiliency Co. offers is a supportive environment focused on passing on the qualities and benefits of being resolute and staying resilient during difficult times and situations! We are beginning our focus on 3-day equestrian based retreats where individuals can interact in a group environment and participate in ground exercises utilizing coping techniques with horses as the focus. We are also building a series of 1-day events to open our techniques to more people in more ways. 
Resolute Ranch and Resiliency Co. is a 501c nonprofit organization developed around the premise of providing a working ranch and farm recreational respite, in the Flint Hills of Kansas, for people who need a mental re-set. It is primarily focused , but not limited to, active duty military, veterans, law enforcement, emergency services personnel and their families and significant others. We do not provide treatment or therapy but we offer a retreat and respite in an outdoor active environment with a focus on Resiliency under stress.
The flagship program is our; 3-DAY Post Traumatic Growth Equestrian Retreats. These retreats are a great opportunity to refocus and gain perspective both on coping mechanisms and on changing the individual story back to what is in the mirror. Axiology awareness is the primary focus and the equestrian experience is unique in it's ability to pass on individual growth.
New to this year we are planning to hold what we refer to as 'Campfire Stories'. This is going to start with lunch on saturday at the cafe in Eskridge, then we will go out to the facility where you can participate in one of several outdoor activities; archery, 22 rifle shooting, fishing, horseback riding or just hiking and exploring the flinthills. Then we will enjoy a BBQ supper on site and sit around a campfire discussing mental health, trauma, the future, or pretty much whatever until everyone is ready for sleep. Camping and bunks are available and these will all be co-ed events. Sunday morning we will offer breakfast and a short program following - everyone will be on the road by 11:00.   
Friday - Sunday, March 8, 9 & 10 Post Traumatic Growth Retreat
Eskridge Facility
All Materials, Lodging and Food Provided
Transportation from Wamego to Eskridge is Available
Saturday - Sunday, May 25 & 26 Campfire Stories
If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in a retreat please contact us at for more information. There is never a charge for participation in our events. As some of the phases are still in the developmental stage, we encourage and welcome members of our target group to contact us for possible collaboration and assistance. Building a program of this nature is labor intensive and needs the services of motivated and dedicated individuals focused on changing the story of mental health. 
If you are interested in donating goods, services or money please contact us at We are actively looking for event sponsors in many different areas - all we ask is an interest in service and a desire to affect the mental health debate.  Every penny we raise goes directly into the operation of the facilities and into insuring that cost will never preclude anyone from taking advantage of our programs.
We are receptive to coordinating and working with other active charities that operate programs reflecting the same areas as our concerns; to include the use of our facilities and to develop coordinated fund raising events and respite opportunities.