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 program is a series of retreats designed to assist veterans and active duty military who are dealing with post-traumatic stress, mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and other deployment related traumas overcome obstacles to recovery and successful reintegration.

Each Cycle is based on a 7-day retreat format with 98-hours of intensive programming, serving between 20-24 guests, including male and female veterans representing all branches of service. Collectively, participants have served in many conflicts and theaters of combat ranging from Vietnam to today’s Global War on Terror.

Each Cycle is designed around eight pillars (principles) of action designed to enable participants to gain, or begin to gain, mastery of their post-deployment situation through education, exercise, experiential learning, peer support, group intervention, spiritual experiences and other non-medical and non-pharmacologic therapies and interventions. 

PTS(d) Treatment Pillars

 “Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit. Operation: Tohidu's experiential rehabilitation program focuses on confidence-building, outdoor activities, and group discussion in a relaxed, positive environment using proven techniques for the self-management of symptoms, stressors, and responses. Our highly trained staff of credentialed professionals and certified recreational specialists strategically implements activities that highlight individual abilities, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life. By many accounts, it is one of the most intensive programs for veterans and active duty personnel with PTSD that is currently available in the eastern United States.

What Happens After I Register?

Once your registration application is completed and submitted, Operation: Tohidu’s Clinical Director and Senior Mentor team will review your information and respond directly to you by phone. Typically this occurs within 48 hours of registration. The purpose of this contact will be to learn more about your personal situation. Since participation in Operation: Tohidu is completely voluntary, we wish to ensure that your time at Operation: Tohidu will be productive and useful in helping you achieve your personal goals.


Operation: Tohidu retreats are held at Melwood's 108-acre Retreat and Recreation Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland. There, veterans use ropes courses, zip lines, rock wall, equine therapy and many other physically challenging activities to augment the educational sessions, social interactions, and spiritual reinforcement throughout the retreat week that helps them manage their own healing naturally. View our Flickr album for photos from past retreats!

  • PTSD Education

  • Experiential Learning

  • Equine-Centered Team Building

  • Exercise

  • Group Therapy

  • Peer Support

  • Skills Training

  • Spiritual Support


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

  • Upcoming Retreats

    For more information and retreat schedule, please contact
    Michaela Fralen at or 301.599.2735


    Cost: The weeklong retreat is free of charge to active and veteran 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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