“Leap of Faith” is a three-day healing seminar that is meant to be transformational for families of fallen service members. Through presentations and experiences over the course of their time with the Leap team, participants learn to view grief differently and embrace their “new normal” in a way that honors the sacrifice of their family and their loved one. The seminar includes an optional tandem skydive (a literal Leap of Faith!) with the U.S. Army Golden Knights or the All Veteran Parachute Team, Equine or Dolphin Therapy, and individual coaching sessions when needed, and peer support.
“This is the best event/seminar that I have experienced since the death of my only child, my son, my soldier.”
“The love that is shown by the organizers was so awesome as they were all very good listeners.”
“Thank you for all your care and support. I pray God will continue to provide for the needs to continue Leap of Faith and His blessing to the wonderful team.”
UPDATE: We have had an overwhelming response for our next Leap of Faith Seminar in Pinehurst, North Carolina from November 6-8, 2022. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, however, there is currently a waitlist.
You can fill out the form by CLICKING HERE. If a spot opens up, we will contact you in the order applications are received.
OSOT-America covers all expenses for the participant and a support person, with the exception of travel. For more information on Leap of Faith please call (630) 971-1150 or email GoldStar@osotAmerica.org.
The seminar teaches new ideas about the grieving process, coping skills to keep moving forward, healthy living and encourages participants to strive to make a difference in the country their loved one had sacrificed his/her life for. Dr. Doug McKinley, a licensed clinical psychologist leads the seminar portion with a specific emphasis on post-traumatic growth. Additional presentations on healthy lifestyle choices and the role of exercise and nutrition in the healing process are also part of the seminar portion.
The experiential portion of the seminar encourages participants to explore feelings they may have cut off throughout the grieving process through interacting with horses in North Carolina or at Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo where participants will have an opportunity to swim with dolphins.
As part of the seminar, attendees also have the option to take a literal “Leap of Faith” in the form of a tandem skydive with members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights. This part of the experience helps participants to learn to let go of emotions or experiences that may be holding them back in their grief journey. Group sessions give participants an opportunity to discuss the challenges and growth opportunities they face.
*Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
*Skydive portion of the seminar is available to immediate family members of fallen over the age of 18.