All Kinds of News for June 08, 2016
Every year, Living Well Transitions runs four transformational, multi-day trips guided by our Therapeutic Activities and Community Facilitator, Zach Weinzetl. The trips offer clients an opportunity to explore their natural surroundings, engage with their internal work and connect with other clients. When summer comes around our group can be found road-tripping to Montana and the Tetons through Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, to hike, climb, horseback ride, fish, whitewater raft and enjoy the simple pleasures that await them. Following is a story from the field:
"The trip sets off to a sluggish start as traffic slowed the pace before we enter Wyoming and the wide open space and endless skyline. As the drive winds on, the landscape continues to set the tone for the adventures to be had. Shortly after we eat our first dinner, we enter Teton National Forest and get our first glance of the Tetons. Almost on cue, a grizzly bear is on the side of the road foraging. Even though some didn’t know how rare of a sighting this was, all were equally moved by the rawness of the natural beauty beheld by this creature.
After waking up and looking out of the tent at the magnificent Tetons, the group continued on to Yellowstone National Park. Impressed by the abundance of wildlife and geological phenomenon, the group hiked to the viewing area of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River to gaze at the wonder of the falls tumbling 308 feet to the canyon floor. Continuing through the park the group saw bison, coyote, elk, deer, beaver and many song birds.
This was the beginning of the adventures; the next day was whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River. “One of my intentions for going on the trip was to not feel the stress I feel on an ongoing basis. I had a blast rafting and the adrenaline I felt going down the rapids was the only thing that fully alleviated the stress I experience daily.”
Changing up the itinerary due to the abundance of snow atop the peak we intended to summit, as a group we chose to go rock climbing and spend some more time on the river. After climbing, one client said, “That was amazing, I didn’t think I could do it, it was empowering.” Then we did a lazy river float and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) down the Madison River. We ate a lot of burgers and good food. The Diamond J Ranch where we are staying is a beautiful base camp for adventure. The next activities will be horseback riding, fishing and soaking in the pools and hot tubs available at the Ranch.
We head back to Boulder on the 8th with another stop in Yellowstone and a night of camping. Our group will return home on the 9th, no doubt more rested, relaxed and hopefully with memories and connections to last a lifetime."
Living Well Transitions 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.