All Kinds of News for April 06, 2016
Living Well Transitions (CO) offered a service learning, wilderness incorporated, and unique cultural experience to our clients this year. A group of 14 young men and women visited and worked with Bandelier National Monument during Spring Break, to experience the well protected rich American history that is specific to the Southwest. Our group volunteered for the park one day, and also spent time hiking in the diverse high mountain desert landscape, encountering the natural rhythms and inevitable interconnectedness of humans and the environment. Camping underneath the expansive starlit skies and unplugging from the general distraction enabled clients to realize just how accessible and close we are to the natural world. The trip culminated in a one night stay at one of the most highly revered healing mineral springs, Ojo Caliente, allowing clients to relax and let their stressors dissolve.
While talking to the clients and staff upon their return, we were told that the group encountered some less than desirable weather during one of their camping nights and a client remarked, “Yeah, we were all bummed that it was so cold and windy, but the wind made us closer – we were suffering together.” The clients also described being with a good group of people and that everybody seemed interested in getting to know one another on a more intimate level – which is unusual for a group of 14 people traveling together.
Living Well Transitions offers three other trips throughout the year. The next trip is scheduled for the summer and will be a road trip to Montana via Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park – Stay tuned!
Living Well Transitions located in Boulder, CO offers intensive therapy, groups and life skills counseling to young adults ages 18-32 in a real-world, independent living environment. We help clients struggle less by developing self-acceptance, values clarity and the courage to take action so they can lead purposeful lives in alignment with their core values.