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 to connect veterans to the arts and the opportunity to explore and restore in nature.

At Ease builds on research showing that exposure to nature and the arts improves mental health, self-esteem, and other obstacles that veterans face from the after-effects of military service, while also learning a new skill and hobby. 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.

All veterans are welcomed! These workshops take place the second Friday of every month. If you are interested in attending, please register with Dani at 224.633.2427 or

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Veterans artwork has been on display at Brushwood Center, The Barrington Area Library, College of Lake County, and The National Veterans Art Museum.

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 Dani at

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