Warrior Spirit Retreat

$76,744 of $600,000 goal

Raised by 234 people in 35 months
Hi, My name is Dan Nevins. I am a Wounded Warrior who was severely injured in combat in Iraq 11 years ago, on Nov 10, 2004. I lost both legs below the knee, and I live with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the emotional wounds of war. For the past decade, I've been entrenched in service to veterans, and I've always dreamed of creating a space for warriors to heal from the physical and invisible wounds of war. Now, I've found the perfect property to create the  Warrior Spirit Retreat, and I need your help to make it a reality!

I'm trying to raise enough money to purchase the property and have some operating capital to complete the build-out of the infrastructure that is currently on the property. I'm investing everything I own to make this dream a reality, but it is not enough. Please join me in creating something that I KNOW will work - because it has worked for me.

The week-long retreats will be 100% free of charge to wounded warriors and their families, and designed with a holistic and well-rounded approach to healing.

The premise of the retreat is an operational organic family farm and garden, in which the retreat guests will be responsible for caring for the animals and the gardens. There is nothing like service to animals and working with your "hands" to re-instill a sense of purpose that may have been lost once you are no longer able to wear a uniform in service to your country.

Outside of livestock and farming, we will have horses for equine therapy (there is currently room for eight horses on the property), and the more adventurous souls can learn the thrill of cutting  on a working cutting horse! There is no greater thrill in horsemanship, if you ask me!
At the center of the retreat will be mindfulness and meditation. We're creating an amazing space for yoga and meditation, both indoors and outdoors. As a certified yoga instructor and someone who has healed completely from the invisible wounds of war through yoga, I am certain that this plays and integral part in healing.
The property itself is steeped in history! It is part of the former site of Fort Picolata, where the Seminole Indian Wars were fought, in part. Located on the 18-acre property is a US Army war memorial with 48 headstones of fallen soldiers from these wars. The property aslo includes a beautiful 2.3-acre contained cypress swamp, which we plan to build a boardwalk meditation walkway through as a memorial to the Native Americans who perished in the Seminole Indian Wars. Hence the name, Warrior Spirit Retreat.
Beyond the farming work and  mindfullness & meditation curriculum, there is plenty of fun and adventure to be had. The property is situated on the mighty St John's River in historic St Augustine, FL, which boasts supreme fishing and boating opportunities, and is just five minutes away from world-class golf at King & Bear Golf Course in World Golf Village.
There is much work to be done in helping to heal those who have sacrificed so much, so that we might live in peace and freedom. I'm willing - and able - to do the work. Please join me in helping make this vision a reality! I have the right team in place to make this happen, and no shortage of veteran warriors who need healing now!

I've never asked anyone for help with anything before, but I'm asking you now. I will be eternally grateful for your support at any level, as will the warriors and families we will serve on the retreats. Thank you in advance for your help in making this come to life!

All the best,  Dan
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I'm blown away and beyond blessed by all of the support you all have shown so far!! Thank you so much!! Every little bit counts and really moves the needle... Let's make this happen!! We're 10% there! If anyone needs to make a tax deductible larger contribution, message me for details. Thanks again!!
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Xana La Fuente
14 months ago
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You should try to get Dateline to do a show on you. Can you get a non profit license by making it a spiritual foundation I wonder? You surely thought of all this. There must be some way to get more exposure. Good luck!

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Daniel Alberto
20 months ago
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To find out how to promote your project to the right audience, driving quality and targeted traffic to your campaign, copy this link and paste it on your browser: http://bit.ly/GoFundMeExposure

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Thomas Hennesy
26 months ago
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could u add me as a friend I would like to speak to you

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Yusra Kauppila
35 months ago
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Boom! I am happy to be the first of many people that will be contributing to your cause, friend. Hopefully my contribution will be much more than just monetary as Warrior Spirit Retreat comes to fruition!

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Raised by 234 people in 35 months
Created November 11, 2015
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Virginia Acevedo
1 month ago

I hope you meet your goal and help other warriors like yourself.

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Becci Cayer
1 month ago

You are an inspiration. Thank you for all you do.

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Lisa Oplinger
5 months ago

Ethos Fitness fundraiser ♥ We are honored and proud to support this amazing retreat center!

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9 months ago
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11 months ago
Xana La Fuente
14 months ago
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You should try to get Dateline to do a show on you. Can you get a non profit license by making it a spiritual foundation I wonder? You surely thought of all this. There must be some way to get more exposure. Good luck!

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Daniel Alberto
20 months ago
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To find out how to promote your project to the right audience, driving quality and targeted traffic to your campaign, copy this link and paste it on your browser: http://bit.ly/GoFundMeExposure

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Thomas Hennesy
26 months ago
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could u add me as a friend I would like to speak to you

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Yusra Kauppila
35 months ago
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Boom! I am happy to be the first of many people that will be contributing to your cause, friend. Hopefully my contribution will be much more than just monetary as Warrior Spirit Retreat comes to fruition!

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