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Wilderness / Nature Based Therapy

 

Tami L Hendrix, MA LPC [email protected]

http://[email protected] 

Our wilderness adventure therapy retreats promote healing of mind, body and spirit by reconnecting through the grandeur of nature. 

We are excited to work with individuals and share our unique blend of therapeutic interventions and outdoor adventures with those who already have or desire a connection with nature.  Through this exploratory immersion into your therapeutic relationship with the natural world you’ll  foster inner peace, improve overall health as well as your level of happiness.

The research is clear Nature is therapeutic and good for our overall wellbeing

http://www.crchealth.com/find-a-treatment-center/struggling-youth-programs/help/nature-is-therapeutic/

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing#

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moment-youth/201403/does-nature-make-us-happy

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_nature_makes_you_kinder_happier_more_creative

  • Deepen your personal relationship with the natural world
  • Lower your blood pressure and cortisol levels
  • Practice Sensory Awareness
  • Learn Mindfulness in nature /Conversations with the natural world
  • Integrate Positive Psychology
  • Adventure as metaphor
  • Outdoor adventures: Hiking & Fly Fishing (with lessons)
  • Healing nourishment
  • Take home strategies and techniques that you’ll be able to use in your own back yard

In these stressful times filled with day to day pressures, worry, hassle and anxiety we need emersion in nature to regenerate and refresh.  Join us as we explore and share the benefits of nature while including therapeutic intentions. You'll enjoy hiking, campfires, journaling, meditation, sensory awareness, fly fishing lessons, nutrition education and maybe a little guitar playing! (All activities are optional and can be tailored to your activity level) There are hikes as short as a ½ mile or less to beautiful locations. 

Potential Intentions:

  *Letting go of mental blocks i.e. weight loss, creativity, etc. *grief work  *personal growth * fears *inner child work * inner critic work * restoration/recharge from burn out or *peace/quiet/solitude

Natural benefits of being in nature:

*lowered blood pressure *lowered stress hormones i.e. cortisol & adrenaline *lasting feelings of restorations *immune system boos *increases energy level *better sleep *increased ability to focus * accelerates recovery from surgery or illness *improves creativity *improved mood/lowered symptoms of anxiety & depression *Increase in NK (natural killer cells that target cancer & virus cells) *less inflammation in the body and so much more!

Retreat Price List

Compare Pricing to today’s average cost of one 50-minute session of traditional therapy at $100.00 per session. 

1 day = 8 hours - group - $175.00 per person (*Early Bird $125)

2 days = 2 / 8-hour days – group -  $300 per person (*Early Bird $275)

3 days = 1 – 8-hour day + 1 - 10-hour day (meal +challenge night) + 1 – 4-hour final day $500 per person (*Early Bird $450)

5 days = 3 – 8-hour days + 1-10-hour day (meal + challenge night) + 1 – 4-hour final day $850. Per person (*Early Bird $750)

2 days – Individual Intensive personalized one on one weekend solo w/ therapist and coaches.  Two full days dedicated to you and your goals or purpose for healing, soul searching, grieving, letting go, facing your inner and outer critics and more.  Includes one 1-hour pre-session and 1-hour post session.  $2500. (Early bird $2200).

Couples Wilderness Therapy – coming soon

*Early Bird Fees apply up to one month prior to Retreat date. 

Payment plans available and in some cases insurance can be applied to the cost.  Please contact us for more information. 

 

2017-2018 Retreats

August 2-6, 2017 - Sierra Nevada's

Join us for a 5-day Wilderness Adventure Therapy Retreat surrounded by the Picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. 

The Sierra Nevada Mountains, hailed as “The Range of Light” by John Muir for the sunny weather, high mountain tops and vibrant meadows.  The Sierra Nevada’s house two national parks and 20 wilderness areas that preserve the most pristine spaces of fresh air, clean water and breathtaking scenery allowing its visitors to take in some of the same sights experienced by Muir.  You will want to plan extra time to explore nearby Yosemite National Park, known as "The Crown Jewel" of national parks for it's magnificent waterfalls, stunning meadows, exquisite valleys and ancient sequoias. Full Registration fee: $850.00 / Early Registration fee paid by July 15, 2017: $700.00 Non Refundable $200 deposit to hold you place - limited spaces available Supply list, liabilty waivers, and schedule information emailed to individuals. 

 

November 3-5, 2017 - WIchita Mountain Wildlife Refuge

Located in the beautiful Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge near Lawton Oklahoma only a short 3-hour drive from the DFW area. November 3-5, 2017 / Starting at 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Friday (or whenever you get here) Saturday  & Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm  In these stressful times filled with day to day pressures, worry, hassle and anxiety we need immersion in nature to regenerate and refresh.  Join us as we explore and share the benefits of nature while including therapeutic intentions. You'll enjoy hiking, campfires, journaling, meditation, sensory awareness, fly fishing lessons, nutrition education and maybe a little guitar playing! (All activities are optional and can be tailored to your activity level) There are hikes as short as a ½ mile or less to beautiful locations.  The scenic views seen in the pictures are from the top of Mount Scott that just a short car ride to the top.

 

March 24-25, 2018 - Meridian State Park, Meridian, TX

Join us for an adventure in beautiful Meridian State Park located in the peaceful town of Meridian, Texas just 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours from the DFW area.  The serene lake is located in the heart of the park and has several hiking trails including one with a view around the lake.  This therapeutic retreat will help you refresh, restore and heal emotionally and physically.  We'll start each day with simple yoga in nature and intention setting.  You'll challenge yourself physcially on scenic hikes and solor hikes to journal and reflect on personal intentions, improve sensory awareness, creativity, boost your immune system, increase energy levels and so much more.  For no extra charge you can camp with us at the reserved group site, or commute or reserve you own private camp site at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/meridian

2 days = 2 / 8-hour days  $300 per person (*Early Bird $275) - Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

June 13-17 , 2018 - Lyons, Colorado

Therapy Gone WIld

Join us for our first introductory retreat for counselors, teachers, coaches, healers, nurses and etc.  We will introduce you to the wondeful world of Wilderness/Nature Based therapy for you and your clients/patients/students. 

5 days = 3 – 8-hour days + 1-10-hour day (meal + challenge night) + 1 – 4-hour final day $850. Per person (*Early Bird $750)

 

 

Get more information and meet our guides at:      http://watr.life/

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The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative
By Florence Williams http://www.florencewilliams.com/books-1/

Your Brain on Nature :

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/