“The outer world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors, which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his or her own harvest, man learns both suffering and bliss”

– James Allen from As a Man Thinketh

Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

More of often than not, the sacrifices of the spouses are often overlooked, or worse, ignored. Matters of the Heart addresses the complicated uncertainties and challenges. The unique role of a spouse connected to the military or law enforcement is not lost on us. Join us over a meal and gain a little strength for the journey.

Heroes Huddle

Monthly Huddle gathering

The Huddle meetings are intended to bring a message of hope and a sense of community. These facilitated gatherings offer a safe place that promote healing and connection with others who are seeking a deeper meaning of mind, body and spiritual fitness. The monthly meetings offer resources that encourage “post traumatic growth” and cultivate the mindset that says “your best days are ahead”.


These informal but intentional meetings serve to reinforce positive and healthy life practices. Dinner is served. RSVP to info@ptsdfoundation.org.

Permission To Start Painting

An empty canvas can bring up hope or anxiety. It can make us feel unfettered or afraid. That may be why many of us leave art to children and experts alone—just in case our humble attempt is deemed childlike or amateur—as if only a masterpiece is worthy of praise. But we have all been created to create and any attempt to do so is an act of courage and expression of hope. An empty canvas is freedom. Paint is forgiving. And the process is restorative.

Heather Pasley


Please join us at the Matters of the Heart Permission to Start Painting on December 13th  at 6pm. Heavy apps and spirits served.  Limited seating. RSVP to  Kari@ptsdfoundation.org

Meeting Times

Matters of the Heart

October 11 th 6 to 8 pm

November 15 th 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Dinner on Fox Island

RSVP with Kari  Rieder: Kari@PTSDFoundation.org


December 13 th 6 to 8 pm

“Permission To Start Painting”

Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation Office

3733 Rosedale Street NW, Suite 100

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

RSVP with Kari Rieder:  Kari@PTSDFoundation.org


Heroes Huddle

Last Wednesday of Every Month

Who We Are

We are committed to bringing hope and healing to our first responders, military members, veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma.

Do You Need Help?

If you are in a crisis and need to talk right away, or you are concerned about somebody else, there is always someone to listen and help.