Program Overview

Operation: Tohidu retreats are held at Melwood's 108-acre Retreat and Recreation Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland.

Operation: Tohidu retreats are held at Melwood's 108-acre Retreat and Recreation Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland.

What to Expect at Operation:Tohidu®

Melwood's Operation Tohidu® is an experiential retreat program delivered in the quiet seclusion of nature, with an intensive focus on challenge, adventure, group activities, introspection and growth.  During the retreat veterans, service members, national guard and reserves connect with nature and their fellow warriors to learn effective techniques in mitigating post-traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury and other service-related traumas.  Melwood Veterans Services' adventure-based programming and positive psychology approach combine to encourage participants to overcome obstacles to their recovery and capitalize upon the Operation Tohidu mission: 

Peace with the past through power in the present

“Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit. The program focuses on outdoor activities, teamwork, confidence-building, group discussion and introspection in a relaxed and positive environment.  Activities and programming are designed to facilitate post-traumatic growth and drive or initiate progress on a participant's post-trauma journey. Melwood Veterans Services staff of professionals, certified recreational specialists and veteran retreat-leaders team to focus the mind on positive psychology and an adventurous approach.  Operation Tohidu® encourages participants to change their mindset, adapt their approach to trauma and promotes an increased sense of wellbeing and purpose.

What Happens After I Register?

Once your application is completed and submitted, Melwood Veterans Services will reach out to you, typically within 48 hours of registration. The purpose of this contact will be to learn more about your personal situation, determine which retreat might be the best fit for you, explore scheduling options and set up follow up calls.  Since participation in Operation Tohidu®  is voluntary and handled with the utmost discretion, we wish to ensure that your time with us is as productive and useful as possible in helping you achieve your personal goals.  To this end a separate, individual call is arranged with a member of our Staff to determine your exact needs, situation and joint goals for our engagement.

Operation: Tohidu®

Operation Tohidu® is a 5-day retreat format offered at no cost to participants.  Each cycle serves between 8-16 participants, including male and female veterans and service members representing all branches of service, as well as their spouses, partners and caregivers for a couple's retreat.

  • Education about Trauma and Normal Response

  • Experiential Learning

  • Equine Activities

  • Adventurous Activies & Team Building

  • Peer Support

  • Skills Training

  • Holistic Therapies


Already registered? Visit our Essential Information page to learn what happens next.

  • Upcoming Retreats

    • September 10 -14, 2018
      Couples Session
    • September 24 -28, 2018
      Women's Session
    • October 8 -12, 2018
      Men's Session
    • October 22 - 26, 2018
    • November 5-9, 2018
      Women's Session
    • December 3 - 7, 2018

    For more information and retreat schedule, please contact
    Travis Rahill at or 301-599-4550.

    Cost: The 5-day retreat is free of charge to veterans and active duty service members, including accommodations and travel.

    Register: Complete the form by clicking the button below and reserve your spot at the next Operation: Tohidu® session.

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In the News

Melwood's Operation: Tohidu program approach to treating PTSD was recently featured on CNN. Read the article or watch the segment.

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