The Incirlik chapel provides retreats for families, single Airmen

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- The Incirlik AB chapel is responsible for facilitating and providing religious assistance as well as trusted counsel to the base populace. As a part of these duties, the base chapel staff hosts multiple family and single Airmen retreats annually.

The versatility of the chapel is a vital mission necessity to provide spiritual wellness services to the diverse community of Incirlik's military and civilian members and families.
The retreats offer non-faith based and faith based seminars, and welcome all walks of life. The programs are rooted from the Family Wellness Associates teaching material and are full of informational tools for all couples, groups and families.

"Retreats provide participants the opportunity to get away from the everyday routine of life and focus intentionally on self-improving," said Chaplain (Capt.) Alan Findley, 39th Air Base Wing. "In everyday life, habits develop and sometimes these habits are not conducive for a healthy relationship, or self. Retreats allow participants to get helpful training away from the work or home surroundings and apply these principals to their everyday lives."

The 'Survival Skills for Healthy Families' which are demonstrated and then practiced with the participants during seminars of a recent retreat, were aimed at helping parents of teenagers be positive and practice good parenting skills.

"The course is a proven model for teaching skills, enhancing healthy family interactions, and investing in family members in each other and their community," said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Paul Castillo, 39th ABW wing chaplain.

One of the next seminars for singles is being held at the Incirlik Club Complex Sept. 5-6. Single Airmen can participate in interactive groups and hands-on activities while learning about healthy lifestyles and more.

"For the upcoming Single's retreat, the purpose is to teach Airmen the '7 Habits of a Highly Effective People'. This seminar will attempt to help Airmen set and attain goals in life, improve personal relationships and over all life effectiveness," Findley explained.

Sydney King, 39th Air Base Wing chapel protestant parish coordinator, shared the feedback she's received from families attending the retreats.

"I have received so many emails, phone calls and face-to-face 'thank yous' from the families who attended this year's family retreat in the mountains of Pozanti, Turkey," said King. "As a coordinator I get to see the process of the families learning new tools and using them before the retreat is even over, it's awesome."

With so many positive responses from participants, the chapel staff says they are already planning for next year. 

For more information, contact the chapel at 676-6441.