Who We Are – Retreat Volunteers

The Silent Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that serves veterans who struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
Founded in 2016, we host spiritual retreats for veterans and provide tools to help them reduce stress through a daily practice of mindfulness meditation and contemplative prayer. By helping veterans fully re-engage in their lives and be present with their loved ones, we can bring about hope. And healing.
We seek to be the best resource for veterans with PTSD and MST and their families by educating, speaking truth and leading change.
OUR MISSION: To reduce veteran suicide rates and help veterans mindfully heal from the wounds of war.

Board of Directors


Retreat Volunteers

Tai Chi for Health Practitioner

Michele Darger, MOTR/L

Michele is a certified Tai Chi for Health Instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. She has been teaching and leading groups in behavioral health settings for 3 years, including working with people with PTSD and complex trauma. Prior to that she worked at Courage Kenny Institute, MN working with clients who have experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Her Tai Chi practice sessions are trauma informed and embrace mindfulness to help develop self-awareness and self-regulation skills. Tai Chi, an ancient martial art, in particular brings an active meditative process that focuses on sensory and body awareness for grounding and healing. Michele is an Occupational Therapist licensed in the state of MN.

Occupational Therapist

Shayne Hopkins

Shayne has served four years in the United States Army and is currently working as an Occupational Therapy at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.  She also is involved with Brain Gains: a camp for adults with brain injuries.  Her hobbies include active participation with multiple car clubs (MINI, BMW, Audi), High Performance Driving Exercises, and Teen Street Survival schools.

Somatic Bodywork Practitioner

Kris Nourse, BS, SEP, ISPP

Kris is a Somatic Bodywork Practitioner in private practice in St Paul.  She is a Board Certified Massage Therapist (NCBTMB), a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, an Integral Somatic Psychology Practitioner and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Minnesota.  She teaches “Befriending Our Bodies” workshops with her collaborator Marjorie Huebner, a fellow Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner.
Kris utilizes attuned bodywork alongside mindfulness training to help people find their way back to their hearts and bodies as they heal from injury and illness, explore personal and spiritual growth, and align with goodness and justice in the world. Since 1998, she has shared her knowledge with various groups including faith communities and wellness programs at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. She can be reached at krisnourse.com.

Veterans Service Officer

Travis Ludvigson, MS

Travis Ludvigson is a veteran of U.S. Air Force Intelligence. He currently works as a Veterans Service Officer, providing assistance to thousands of veterans and their families to obtain both state and federal benefits and help those with PTSD and MST navigate the VA system to find the help they need and discover ways to heal from their moral injuries. He holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Emergency Management from the University of Maryland. Travis is also a certified QPR Suicide Prevention instructor and is trained in QPR for Veterans and Mental Health First Aid.

Massage Therapist

Jill Hendrickson, BCTMB,CNMT, MHt

Jill brings holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit to support clients in their healing process.  She provides a unique experience using a variety of modalities.  Jill is a Nationally Certified Therapist of Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), Certified Neuro-Muscular Therapist (CNMT) and Reiki practitioner.  She is a certified Master Hypnotherapist (MHt) through The National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists as well as a Sound Healing practitioner and intuitive.
Jill served in the US Navy Reserves and is married to a retired US Navy Seabee.  She currently serves as Associate Clinic Faculty at Northwestern Health Science University and has a private practice in the Lakeville area.



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