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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

2017-2018 Retreats

August 2-6, 2017

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 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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. We’ll be hiking, campfire, 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.

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!

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

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/