Gina Barrett
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To provide post acute holistic trauma support for newly immigrated families throughout the United States.  Our target service population includes, but not limited to, the most vulnerable & traumatized group, women & children.  Men and LBGQTI are welcome!



Separate ongoing programs for adults & children that include yoga, qigong, meditation, gardening, horse therapy, lying in a hammock, nature walks & all forms of art therapy (multimedia, music & dance).  Guests can also receive holistic trauma support that includes, but will not be limited to, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy & Life Coaching.  

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Programs are be facilitated by staff & volunteers.  Guests will stay for approximately 10 day retreats.  Enough time to decompress, recover & enter society more integrated.  

Click here to view a sample Casa de Paz retreat schedule.


(Applications are available in English and Spanish)

Casa de Paz SLV is a Post Acute Holistic Trauma Support Center located in south central Colorado USA.  This area offers a very pure natural setting in a community that is rich in holistic healing opportunities.  You are welcome to come here to rest, decompress & integrate the trauma you have experienced on your immigration journey.  

Currently, we do not have funding to house or feed you.  You will need to be sponsored.

(Casa de Paz SLV welcomes volunteers to apply to house and feed our guests while they are on retreat.

Apply by writing to  

Retreats are for asylum seekers & new immigrants who have been in the US less than 3 years. 

Casa de Paz SLV is not an acute trauma treatment center.  Please consult your medical doctor & therapist for acute trauma treatment before applying.

Click the button above to fill out the application in English.

Haga un click al bóton de arriba para llenar la aplicación en español.




We are currently networking with immigrant service organizations in the San Luis Valley of Colorado and throughout the country. Currently, Casa de Paz SLV is acting more as a scholarship fund to help new immigrants and asylum seekers to get to Crestone, Colorado, as well as to assist in paying for housing and food during their retreat stay. As interest builds, we will pursue becoming a nonprofit and possibly build or rent a retreat house. 

Thank you for your generosity & kindness.  It is greatly needed at this time, as large numbers of refugees flee violence in their countries of origin.  They are now being released to their sponsors throughout the US.  These refugees are carrying a heavy burden of trauma from the violence they experienced in their country of origin, their immigration journey & US detention.  

Your generous support can help carry & relieve this burden.  Your donations will help refugee families to enter society with holistic lifestyle tools for living in the present and to experience relief from trauma symptoms.  

Join us on social media to learn more & to stay up to date on our progress!  

Check donations and any donations over $500 please make payable to:  Regina Barrett, POB 326, Crestone, CO 81131. Please write “Casa de Paz Donation” in memo line

In gratitude,

Gina Barrett, Acting Director

Heartbreaking Truths…

“Women have reported being assaulted in immigration detention facilities, and the federal government over a recent four-year period has received more than 4,500 complaints about the sexual abuse of immigrant children at government-funded detention facilities.” You Have to Pay with Your Body:  The Hidden Nightmare abut Sexual Violence on the Border, New York Times, March 3, 2019.

“Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan held a press conference in Washington to announce that Border Patrol apprehensions on the Mexican border had reached an eleven-year high in February, with more than 66,000 migrants—mostly families—making up the bulk of those numbers.”  In McAllen, Volunteers from Far and Wide Provide Aid to Asylum Seeking Families, Texas Monthly, March 9, 2019 

“On this day, four busloads of migrants with at least 300 people each were unloaded at the respite center after being released from custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”In McAllen, Volunteers from Far and Wide Provide Aid to Asylum Seeking Families, Texas Monthly, March 9, 2019 


"Federal officials at the U.S.-Mexico border separated nearly 2,000 children from their families between April 19 and May 31.” How Toxic Stress of Family Separation can Harm a Child., June 18, 2018


In the past four years, 4,556 children said they were sexually assaulted while in the care of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which takes custody of unaccompanied minors who cross the southern border alone and those who are separated from their families.” Thousands of migrant children report they were sexually assaulted in U.S. custodyFebruary 26, 2019USA Today