Briarcliff Manor retreat helps heal 9/11 survivors, victims' families

Those who survived and the families of those who were killed on September 11th have had to deal with their own trauma. A retreat set up in Briarcliff Manor is using the arts to help in the healing process.

More than 50 people of all backgrounds have gathered at the Edith Macy Retreat Center for a three-day art-based retreat created by the Rye-based Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. One woman who lost her husband on 9/11 says she and her children have benefited from working with the therapists during the experience.

Counselors at the retreats say that participating in the arts, such as drawing and painting, makes people open up and talk. The lead counselor says healing has no calendar for those who suffered such a terrible loss.

Lions Club International has given $1.5 million for 16 different retreats.Related linkFriendship Ambassadors Foundation

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