Permission To Start Painting - Creative Session II

We are pleased to offer our second Permission To Start Painting workshop on February 17th from 6 to 8 pm.

This is an open mixed class setting with our Master Artist and Singer Heather Pasley from The Heart Gallery in Burien WA. We welcome both male and female service members, veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. This class is aimed at promoting healing of the brain and spirit through artistic expression. We will be offering some refreshments, and are are limiting this class to 10, on a first come first serve basis. Due to space limitations, this class is open to new attendees only at this time. 

If you are interested please submit your information using the form below. This will be a regular offering so if you can’t get in this month it will be offered again!

2nd Session: Wednesday 2/17/2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

(additiona sessions coming soon!)

PTSD Foundation Office
3733 Rosedale Street NW, Suite 100
Gig Harbor, WA 98335


Open to male & femal Service Members, Veterans, Law Enforcement, & First Responders

Permission To Start Painting - Women's Creative Session

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 - Owner, The Heart Gallery

Please join us as we welcome talented artist Heather Pasley to our first Women’s Permission To Star Painting Creative Session! Heather and her husband are the proud owners of The Heart Gallery in Burien Washington.

Seating is limited so raise your hand today! To register please complete the form below and we will be in touch to confirm your spot!

1st Session: Wednesday 12/2/2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

(future sessions coming soon!)

PTSD Foundation Office
3733 Rosedale Street NW, Suite 100
Gig Harbor, WA 98335


Open to Veterans, Law Enforcement, & First Responders


We are proud to share Josh Mantz’s condensed webinar presentation, ‘’Moral Trauma in Modern Conflict” that was aired live on October 8th.

"Was brought to tears a number of times this morning. My wife wants to watch it once it is published. There were vulnerabilities that you allowed your audience to get close to you during the presentation. I have always said creating a culture of vulnerability at the command level allows our front line members to come forward and seek help. You did this today, especially in the Q&A. I look forward to continuing collaboration. Again, you nailed this."

MIKE BLAIR - Chief of Staff, Pierce County Sheriff's Department Tweet

With great anticipation, we look forward to bringing Josh Mantz out here to the PNW in 2021 for an in-person format.  The all-day forum will include breakout sessions, panel discussions and more, with the focus on leadership, adversity, transformation, and growth.

As part of our Courageous Leadership Summit and Workshop Series, the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation is forging ahead to deliver an awesome and inspirational day. 

Until then, we hope that you will watch and share with your peers.

To sign up to be notified when the live in-person forum has been scheduled please fill out the contact form below

Thank you!

Moral Trauma in Modern Conflict | An Introduction to Life Threat, Traumatic Loss, and Moral Injury

Delivered by: Major (Ret.) Josh Mantz

The PTSD Foundation is hosting a 2-hour webinar on psychological trauma led by process-philosopher and former Army Major (ret.) Josh Mantz.  Josh is among the nation’s leading speakers and trainers in psychological trauma, wellness, and resilience.  This training series will deliver critical and timely information on the three sources of psychological trauma (e.g. life-threat, traumatic loss, and moral injury) as they pertain to the unique challenges faced by the first responder and military professions.  Josh will be leveraging powerful personal examples from combat  (like his near-death experience) and integrating them with current research to deliver an experience that has immediate relevance to first responders “on the ground.”

The session will consist of a detailed analysis of topics crucial to understanding trauma, reducing stigma, and cultivating wellness and resilience. 

These include:

  • The physiological, biological, and neurological implications of life-threatening situations.
  • The autonomic response and differentiating between hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal.
  • The variables of intensity, complexity, and chronicity as they contribute to post-traumatic stress.
  • Understanding grief and death through the lens of survivor’s guilt and near-death experiences.
  • The three determinants of moral injury (Responsibility, Justification, and Wrongdoing) and how they complexify an individual’s moral landscape.
  • The moral emotions: shame, guilt, powerlessness, betrayal, and anger.
  • Differentiating between self-directed and other-directed moral injury.
  • Leveraging the principles of wellness and resilience to cultivate meaning-making and personal growth.
 To learn more about the presenter, please visit

To request more information, please contact us:

A Mind, Body and Spirit Workshop: Equine Assisted Growth Retreat For Couples

Led by Julie Sole, MA; LMHC | Mental Health Professional

PURPOSE: Couples will learn to recognize dysregulation in themselves and their loved ones as well as what they can do to support each other during these times. They will also learn how to connect with themselves, their spouse, and others. We will learn what consent versus submission looks like. Each participant will get a look into how they are or are not setting boundaries. This is a hands-on workshop with horses. Please wear closed toe sturdy shoes with a heel (combat boots/hiking boots typically work great), pants, and t-shirt or long sleeve (no tank tops). There is no guarantee that you will ride or an expectation for you to do so. Previous horse experience not required.

TO RESERVE: Reservations limited to 4 couples for this session. To save your spot, please contact Julie Sole at If you have questions or concerns, contact Leslie Mayne at


Equine Assisted Growth Retreat for Couples intention is to instruct attendees healthy and life-affirming tools that develop self-regulation rather than self-medication and bring attention to the need for couples to heal.

In our experiences with veterans and first responders dealing with issues of post-traumatic stress, marital relationships often suffer. To help our clients the Equine Assisted Growth Retreat for Couples will teach them to recognize dysregulation — when they fail to regulate themselves — and provide tools to their spouses to help support them in those moments. They will also learn how to connect with themselves, their spouses, and others. The workshop will also address what consent versus submission looks like and setting boundaries. 

Why Equine Assisted Therapy? Sometimes, the stress and emotional damage alters our brain, leading individuals to repeat undesirable and harmful choices. We believe that patterns can be changed, and healing can happen through trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy and learning. Connecting with horses teaches people how to engage in relationships that are respectful, kind and loving; where both parties needs are recognized and met. This therapy brings horses and people together in healing relationships.

A hero is an ordinary person who survives an extraordinary experience, and returns to share important truths they learned so they can enrich the lives of others. Our workshops are designed to transform deep struggle into profound strength and personal growth focusing on healthy and life affirming tools that develop self regulation rather than self medication. Those who serve our nation and communities, put their lives at risk, and battle the mental challenges that come with it, should never feel alone. Together we can ensure no one is left behind.

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems the most challenging”

~ J.Campbell

Permission to Grow

Post Traumatic Growth Workshop. All branches of the Military and First Responders are welcome.

October 13th, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Mind, Body & Spirit

The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation has continued to grow and reach more milestones with our veterans + first responders in the Pacific Northwest but recognize that we have a tremendous amount of work to do.

We are pleased to announce our second workshop, That focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit.

This workshop is available to all veterans and first responders.

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