The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul.

Nicholas Kristof, American journalist, author and Pulitzer Prize winner

Welcome! At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness we nurture peace, authenticity, connection and empowerment in the lives of the families we serve by weaving together the inherent healing force of nature with advanced clinical skill.

Our highly experienced clinicians and field team have provided clinically-integrated services to children since 2002 (when we opened our doors as Second Nature Blue Ridge). Combining traditional, evidence-based therapies with a unique wilderness experience, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness provides adolescents and their families a powerful setting for hope, change, and healing. Known for impeccable service delivery, clinical expertise, staff retention, and an exemplary safety record, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness sets the standard for quality programming and efficacy.

We invite you to explore this site for an overview of how we work with struggling youth, ages 10 – 18, with specific groups aimed at their individual profile and needs. We hope you will also pick up the phone and speak with one of our admissions team members to really access how we can meet the needs of your child at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness.

While at Blue Ridge, our clients rediscover the pathways to their strengths and resilience through primitive living while supported by an incredible staff team and healthy peer culture. The simplicity of wilderness life applies a gentle pressure and a metaphorical mirror for the challenges our clients face at home.

“Wilderness is not a luxury
but a necessity of the human spirit.”

Edward Abbey, American author, essayist and environmental advocate

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Programs

Blue Ridge offers two programs for pre- and younger teens.

Footsteps is a licensed, clinically-driven wilderness therapy program designed to meet the specific needs of boys and girls, ages 11 – 14.

Clinically developed for teens, ages 14 – 18, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness utilizes advanced clinical skill (which includes empirically psychotherapy approaches in individual and group therapy formats), a highly flexible nomadic wilderness therapy model, ceremony, metaphor, and an affinity for the healing power of nature, to promote resiliency, healthy choices and real change. Blue Ridge’s clinically-integrated approach, renowned staff retention, family support and commitment to service translates to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families.

Pre-Teens, Ages 10 – 14

Wilderness therapy tailored to the unique developmental, physical, and cognitive abilities of young adolescents.

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Wilderness Therapy Programs - Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

Adolescents, Ages 14 – 18

Highly individualized wilderness therapy for older adolescents combining primitive living with intensive clinical services.

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Wilderness Therapy Programs - Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness