Experiential Teen Wilderness program

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Passage is a 3- or 5-month experiential therapy model where teens transform their struggles as they create a new vision for their lives. Passage synthesizes away-from-home wilderness immersions with therapeutic modalities, parent support conferences, and at-home mentoring for participants and families to create rooted change along the journey toward adulthood.

Our Passage program is ideal for families who are seeking the transformation of wilderness immersion experiences while integrating (over the course of many months) that transformation into everyday life. While sharing similarities with traditional wilderness therapy programs, the design of Passage seeks to lessen the disparity between Wilderness Immersions and home life. Without integrative experiences the transformation of the “trail” can be difficult to bring home.

The combination of wilderness immersions with individual and family therapeutic support creates the means for the program to effect positive change for the entire family system. 

Participants of the 5-month course have the option to continue therapeutic support and participate in future immersions as participant-leaders once the course has ended.

Our Model of Resilience:


Our three tiered approach helps youth develop:

  • A Vision for their lives to motivate and guide them on their way.

  • The Skills and Capacities that make it possible to meet the challenges they face in life.

  • The support needed to Implement their vision into daily life.

Program Elements:

Wilderness Immersions

Monthly 3-6 day retreats with a cohort of peers that focus on inquiries specific to the phase of the journey that they are on. Immersions include opportunities for youth to engage in transformative experiences while learning how to form genuine and supportive relationships with peers and adults.

Individual Sessions

Individual sessions with a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that utilize therapeutic treatment modalities (including Brainspotting) to help participants heal from, re-story, and transform past wounding or trauma. Our approach believes that past hardship can often become a catalyst for who we are to become in our lives.

One to One Integration Sessions 

Bi-weekly individual sessions with a Therapist or Coach that support youth in integrating what they are learning during Wilderness Immersions into their life at home. Integration sessions focus on taking the vision and skills gained in the wilderness into daily life, which is often the most difficult part of any transformative journey.

Parent Support Conferences

Once per month online workshops that provide education, tools, and support to parents. Parent workshops focus on a specific learning piece that parallels the experiences that youth participants are having. Parent support conferences also provide opportunities for parents to share their challenges and successes at home and receive feedback specific to their situation. 

Individual Family Support (optional)

Individualized parent support sessions with an LMFT where parents can share directly what's happening at home and gain skills, tools, and understanding to best support their child as they navigate the passage from adolescence to adulthood.

Next Course Begins April 2019