All Kinds of News for March 09, 2016
SUWS (NC) welcomes Sara Baicich MA, ATR-BC to Clinical Team. Sara’s drive to work in healing and helping professions stems from a family question her grandmother always used to ask, “But, is it good for society?” Sara’s upbringing emphasized the responsibility we all have in creating goodness in the world around us. This, as well as a passion for art, directed Sara to Philadelphia where she completed a Masters in Art Therapy at Drexel University. Here she learned the therapeutic and illuminating capacity in art making. After graduation, she worked at multiple inpatient psychiatry facilities in the Philly area, honing her skills in group facilitation by providing talk therapy, art therapy, psychoeducation, and recreation groups. Sara is now a Registered, Nationally Board Certified Art Therapist.
As she spent numerous years working in the hospital setting, Sara felt disconcerted by the separation her patients had from nature. They were often unable to ever go outside, and Sara felt there had to be a link between their separation from nature and the challenges her patients felt in healing and finding growth and progress in the hospital.
In 2014, Sara took a job as a field instructor here at SUWS , knowing that the best way to learn how nature is used in the process of healing was in the field and “on the ground” as an instructor. After a year in the field, she became a Logistics Coordinator, supporting the SUWS students and staff from behind the scenes.
Now, as Experiential Specialist, Sara supports groups Luna and Bravo through group facilitation and program enhancements, emphasizing 12-step recovery, mindfulness, art activities, art therapy, psychoeducation, yoga, and lots of fun. She loves that she gets to return to the wilderness and support the students, providing more avenues for them to create their own path towards healing and growth.
Sara is originally from Maryland, near Washington DC, and lived in Philadelphia for six years. She moved to Asheville when she joined SUWS. If she’s not on her porch reading a book, then she’s probably sitting by a waterfall sipping tea and enjoying the birds. In her spare time, Sara enjoys hiking, drawing, painting, weaving, yoga, and dancing. She loves to travel and prides herself on needing extra pages in her passport because she ran out of room for more stamps.