Alumni

  • “The wilderness didn't cure you… it was in you all along.”
  • — BRTW Alum

Dear Alumni: Your Experience Matters to Us

We strive to honor all of the work you’ve done with us at Blue Ridge and beyond. It’s no small feat to complete the wilderness experience. We want to provide you with the resources to remain connected to others who have also moved on from their wilderness journey.

Alumni Week at blue ridge therapeutic wilderness!

Adolescents (under 18): December 17-22, 2023

Young Adults (18+): January 2-7, 2024

Alumni Week presents a fantastic chance for former students to visit the woods, connect with fellow alumni, contemplate their achievements, and, above all, have fun! Rather than an intensive therapeutic experience, Alumni Week is a sort of homecoming; a celebration of our alumni that is focused on connecting with other former Blue Ridge and Emerald Arrow students, and cultivating a memorable outdoor experience.

During Alumni Week, students can expect to hike, cook good food, play games, and enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains from a brand new perspective.

*All-inclusive cost

To learn more, send an email to: alumni@blueridgewilderness.com

Blue Ridge Alumni Network

We strive to guide families and their children in thriving together in a sustainable, lasting manner. Our Alumni Network is hosted in the spirit of this consistent and diligent support. The network provides former students and families access to each other as well as contact with the program itself. Through the Alumni Network, families are able to share their experiences and insights via remote and in-person student and parent mentorship opportunities.

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“It’s been over a year since I left Blue Ridge… As of October 24th, I am one year sober. I’m in a healthy relationship and my communication with my parents is better than it’s ever been.... I still struggle with anxiety and anger, and I probably always will, but I have really healthy coping skills now and I know what to do when things start to get rough.”

— Blue Ridge Wilderness Alum '21

Returning Student Mentor Program

  • If anybody understands what the wilderness therapy journey at Blue Ridge is like, it’s you! We love hosting returning students in our mentorship program. As a Returning Student Mentor, you will have the opportunity to join a group from the perspective of a Blue Ridge alumni. You’ll be able to provide support and serve as a role model for other students whose boots you once filled.

Parent Mentorship

Former Blue Ridge parents can stay connected with each other through the Parent Support Network in a closed Facebook group, which currently consists of over 600 current and alumni parents and is moderated by Blue Ridge Family Therapists.

Through our Family Programming, alumni parents may sign up to be Parent Mentors, who are assigned to current BRTW parents to provide support and wisdom. Parent Mentors and Alumni parents are also invited to participate in the weekly group parent support call.

We welcome your feedback

We’d love to hear from you. There are multiple ways in which you may contact us about your time in the program. Please reach out to us by emailing alumni@blueridgewilderness.com with any questions or feedback you may have regarding your experience with us.

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