Three military families, along with David Emerson, Yoga Program Director at The Trauma Center, announced the upcoming War Photographers’ Retreat.
The event is a free, four day event for photographers whose work takes them to wars, conflicts and disasters. The retreat will feature stress reduction through yoga, massage and acupuncture. It will take place from August 25 to 28, 2011 in Cambridge, Mass.
The War Photographers’ Retreat honors the late Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya in April 2011. Hetherington’s work included the Oscar-nominated war documentary Restrepo, produced with Sebastian Junger.
“Tim’s death affected many communities, including the military family, very deeply,” said Army wife Kanani Fong one of the organizers. “His work was a catalyst to talk about the war in Afghanistan, free from the constraints of political polarization. People saw the war machine as quite human.”
After seeing the film, Emerson realized conflict journalists suffer from the same effects of war as veterans, sometimes after decades spent in the field. Access to a wide range of health and wellness services is often limited by their freelance status.
“The War Photographers’ Retreat is our way to give back to a community of journalists who give selflessly to make our own world deeper and more meaningful,” Emerson said.
Yoga has been shown to be clinically effective in reducing levels of stress, lowering heart rates, and producing an overall sense of well-being. In addition, Emerson has the cooperation of Cambridge area massage therapists and an acupuncturist. Joining the retreat team is The Dart Society, an organization for journalists who cover violence and tragedy around the world.
The event is at Black Lotus Yoga Studio, 91 Sidney Street in Cambridge Mass. There is no charge for the program or services. Complimentary home stays will be available for those who do not want to stay in hotels. Participants are limited to 10.
To apply, or to find out how to help, visit http://warretreat.org or on Facebook.
Contact: Kanani Fong. firstname.lastname@example.org or David Emerson, Demerson@jri.org.