Understand Wilderness Therapy

Journey Back in Time

Returning to the roots of existence helps students find themselves.

Ernest Thompson Seton, a pioneer of conservationism and designer of outdoor curriculum for young people, recognized that the industrialized society was causing teens to struggle to find themselves amidst the smoke and clamor of a steam-driven society. Seton drew on a movement called Woodcraft, which helped men recognize the need to return to the woods often in order to maintain balance in their lives while working in concrete cities. He used Woodcraft to create a way for young people to access themselves through living and learning about the woods.

Put Cyber World on Hold

We still have the same needs today, and it is most likely more expedient now in a cyber world where teens can be bullied and shamed by thousands in an instant through the Internet. The Journey takes students back in time and back to the roots of our existence–into the woods. Just as Lewis and Clark discovered a thousand new things as they crossed the continent, our students will discover the joy of connecting with the earth, the water, the sky and themselves.

Our expedition of discovery is not just about learning how to thrive in the woods; it is an exploration of the student’s inner wilderness and gaining the ability to make healthy decisions.

Wilderness Therapy Program Offers:HatTip

  • Inspiring, natural environment that has inherent healing powers
  • Interruption of the daily routine
  • Elimination of harmful distractions and influences
  • Challenge to entitlement issues
  • Development of appreciation for people and things in students’ lives that they have taken for granted
  • Active learning where learning is experiential and creative
  • Wilderness learning opportunities: moving metaphors and active analogies make every minute of the day a learning opportunity
  • A sense of community gives students the opportunity to give of themselves to others
  • Development of the ability to work as a member of a team
  • Enhanced responsibility for the environment and the earth
  • Emphasized problem-solving and application to real life
  • The idea that time is irrelevant, so students are invited to change with no walls or superficial schedules
  • Natural consequences for actions
  • Wilderness experiences that help students develop self-efficacy, confidence and clarity of thought
  • An active nature of the program that speeds up the therapeutic process and eliminates boredom
  • Proven research that a teen in a wilderness program is three times less likely to have an emergency requiring a trip to the hospital than a teen who is living at home

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