Living outside- is it for me? What if I can’t do it?

The idea of living outside is much more challenging for students (and parents) than it winds up being in practice. Most of our students are not experienced in the outdoors, and many have never even gone camping before they step foot in the National Forest we inhabit. Wilderness living can be challenging, but the truth is that within a few days, most students have gotten used to being outside, and are surprised by how physically and emotionally recharged they feel. With each day that you are here, developing healthy habits while you live outdoors, you are developing self-reliance as well as resiliency. Some days will be tougher than others but you will be supported by your group and field instructors and Primary Therapist and you will learn how to take care of yourself (and your group, too) in the wilderness. You will quickly learn you are capable and that you can actually thrive out here. You will also come to appreciate the beauty, the night sky, the solitude, and the tranquility.