At Ease: Nature & Art for Veterans

Brushwood Center’s At Ease program is an innovative approach to empower military veterans’ wellbeing through a series of nature-based art and photography workshops.

This program is offered at no charge to military veterans thanks to our supporters and partners. Brushwood Center collaborates with the James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center and non-profit partners to connect veterans to the arts and the opportunity to explore and restore in nature.

Participants immerse themselves in the peaceful sanctuary provided by Brushwood Center at the pristine Ryerson Woods, and discover a new side of themselves and the natural world through the creative arts.  All veterans and their families are welcomed! 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have created virtual workshops to help veterans and their families find peace, community, and artistic expression during this difficult time.

Please see below for our upcoming events and opportunities!

Midewin Nature Platoon:  Photography Virtual Editing Workshop September 10th, 4p.m and Introduction to Photography/Editing Workshop on September 12th, 11a.m. See registration link below.   

Participate in our Midewin Self-guided Photography Challenge by emailing  and making a day trip to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie. Help spread the word about the historic natural area and further conservation efforts in Illinois.

Register for Midewin Nature Platoon

You can reach Jessica Klinge with any questions at

Check out our recent feature on NBC!

Support At Ease by:
  • Connect Brushwood Center with a veteran’s community group, treatment facility, or corporate veteran’s program.
  • Become a sponsor or donor of Brushwood Center’s At Ease program.
  • Volunteer your artistic talents, equipment, and other skills. Contact Jessica at

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