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Mindfulness: Getting Grounded in Wilderness Therapy

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Although you’ve probably heard that mindfulness is currently a therapeutic “buzz word”, it is truly a practice that has been around for thousands of years. It has its roots in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, but also in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In addition to it being rooted in these religious traditions, it also has been embraced and popularized by secular institutions.

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Nomadic Therapeutic Wilderness Programs Offer a Deep Immersion in the Healing Embrace of Nature

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It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. —Robert Louis Stevenson .....Continue Reading

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Wilderness Therapy programs for Troubled Teens in Georgia

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The Footsteps Program at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is a licensed, clinically-driven wilderness therapy program designed to meet the specific needs of boys and girls, ages 10 – 14.

The play is the foundation of Wilderness Therapy with pre teens and is incorporated in all activities of the Footsteps Program. The staff thoughtfully engages, challenge, and motivate these students to gain stronger physical, mental, social, and emotional resiliency.

The ultimate goal for the Footsteps student is that they:

  • develop social skills and healthy interactions
  • build interpersonal relationships
  • improve emotional regulation
  • increase levels of self-esteem and self-confidence

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Wilderness programs for troubled teens

The Footsteps program at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is a troubled youth program designed for co-ed groups of students.

Pre-teens thrive in safe, predictable and structured surroundings. We have designed our Footsteps program to support tweens and teens in their specific developmental needs. Incorporating solid routines, structure, and concrete experiences. This population requires extra “hand-holding” and additional support to ensure they feel safe. read more

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Try Wilderness Therapy to Learn From Nature

Wilderness therapy uses wilderness expeditions for the purpose of therapeutic intervention.

Wilderness therapy has been continuously evolving over the past fifty years. This evolution became more clinically intensive in the early to mid-90’s when companies similar to Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in the western US recognized the power of the therapeutic intervention that was occurring without the supervision of a licensed clinical professional. By shifting to pair exceptional clinical services and supervision with the power of the wilderness experience, a new model was born that is more appropriate for the vulnerable and clinically complex clients we serve.

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Would you be surprised if I told you THIS is the food our students are eating?

The traditional backpacker’s diet is known for dried meat, pasta, beans, and grains. Not exactly a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies! At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness our pursuit of the best possible nutrition for our students is constantly evolving. We work alongside a nutritionist to identify the optimal combination of calorie density, nutrients, protein, and carbohydrates to support the activity of backpacking without loading up on sugar and processed foods. This is challenging because we also have the concern of weight as well as traditional foodie favorites of our staff and students. Continue Reading

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