Honoring the Path of the Warrior is a program fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Zen Center, that has been assisting post-9/11 and Persian Gulf veterans in making a positive transition from military to civilian life since 2007. Our founders and facilitators, Lee Klinger Lesser and Chris Fortin, both long-time Zen practitioners and teachers, originally came together to share a concern about what was happening to Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and since then have led one-day events and retreats for a growing community of over 250 Vets.
Our programs combine nature and engaging physical activities, mindfulness, Sensory Awareness and meditation practices. The intent is to provide Veterans with connection, community and tools that support them in using their own strengths and experiences to find a meaningful and productive path in civilian life.
We invite you to read more about our mission, what we do and why it matters on the About Us pages.
Former Marine, Meg Lowry spoke about the impacts of mindfulness and meditation on PTSD and her experience with Honoring the Path of the Warrior at the 2013 Wisdom 2.0 conference. See a video clip here.