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®

The reverberating effects of traumatic events are often confusing to survivors.  Operation: Tohidu retreats provide participants with unique and effective opportunities to better understand and manage the impact of trauma.  Participants will be provided opportunities to develop an understanding of how trauma impacts them emotionally, cognitively, physically, and spiritually.  Operation: Tohidu retreats provide trauma-informed psycho-education, designed to normalize, reframe, and depathologize the impact of trauma. The objective is to enhance participant resiliency.  In addition, participants will be introduced to coping strategies for improving self-regulation and will be given unique opportunities through experiential-based activities to put these newly learned skills into practice.  Daily activities are also planned to help further develop participants’ body awareness, including techniques to self-soothe and regulate.  In addition, topics such as nutrition and self-care are also discussed as a component of Operation: Tohidu.

Operation: Tohidu retreats are designed for both men and women veterans and serve up to 16 participants each session.  Participants are provided materials and resources to take home with them to use as tools in furthering their education and progress post-retreat. Participants are also provided an opportunity to form a network with their fellow graduates to offer peer support through social media and personal communications.

Operation: Tohidu follows the Challenge-by-Choice principle in adventure-based therapy whereby participants are invited to participate voluntarily in each of the various activities and challenges of Operation: Tohidu. A participant may choose  the level of participation in an activity and this right is to be respected by others in the group and instructors. However, at a minimum, all participants are expected to be present and encourage other participants who are performing the activity.


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


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  • 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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