Author Cindy Ross

Alvernia University PLEX Lecture Hall


Walking Toward Peace explores the intimate stories of veterans who have wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Through a process called “ecotherapy,” spending time in nature to promote healing and mental health, they have found new tools to deal with issues resulting from combat experiences: survivor’s guilt, nightmares, lack of trust, depression, hypervigilance, thoughts of suicide, and lack of purpose. Some veterans profiled here have gone to extremes, spending months on long-distance expeditions such as hiking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail or canoeing the 2,320-mile Mississippi River. For others, however, brief excursions in the outdoors can offer an opportunity for healing.


Author Cindy Ross shares current research and perspectives of professional therapists devoted to healing in nature. Through the veterans’ collective stories of wartime traumas and their present lives, what becomes clear is that anyone suffering from any form of PTSD may discover the powerful comfort and healing that can be found in the outdoors.


This event is free and open to the public. Autographed books will be available.


For any questions, please contact Bret Krotee, Alvernia University Veterans Center Coordinator: | 619-796-5510