All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is proud and excited to announce that they are officially open to enroll young adult students, ages 18-30.
"Emerald Arrow: A Bold Path for Young Adults" will be led by Anne Wilzbacher, LPC, one of Blue Ridge’s experienced therapists, whose expertise in the clinical, wilderness, and self-growth arenas lends a unique perspective in creating a powerful foundation for supporting growth, health, resilience and empowerment within the young adult population.
The Emerald Arrow program strives to help individuals build a foundation for Sustainable Health, Vital Living and A Bold Path. Emerald Arrow at Blue Ridge will support emerging adults to thoughtfully and safely “root” into who they are and what they have to offer to themselves and others. The intention is for this unique age group to understand more clearly what they are capable of through the following program elements:
- Integrative and Enhanced Assessment
- Integrated and Individualized Clinical Work
- Family Systems Focus and Support
- Core Wilderness Work and Primitive Skills
- Intensive Group Psychotherapy
- Creative Exposure/Expression and Skill Building through Weekly Intensives
- Thoughtful Transition Preparation
These program elements are set up to bring about more authentic connections, deeper consciousness, stronger responsibility and devoted gratitude. The combination of these pieces will fuel empowerment for young adults, which sets the foundation for sustainable health, vital living, and walking a bold path. Emerald Arrow utilizes the lens of whole family systems work and supports emerging adults to focus on understanding and realigning with self through awareness and connection to body, speech, mind, and purpose.
The goal is for emerging adults and their families to get in touch with their own inherent health and to create resilience, strength, belonging, and to feel interested in their purpose. Anne shares, “I want families moving forward with a foundation of greater health, vitality, and vision of their path – feel what it is to know their own deep rooted belonging.”
Why Emerald Arrow? The Emerald is the “stone of the heart.” It is about growth, transformation, and revealing and it’s about a renewed commitment to purpose. “All the green of nature is concentrated in an emerald” (Hildegaard). Emerald Arrow’s wilderness area, located in the Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina, is rich and dense in nature. The essence of Emerald Arrow represents pulling back into oneself, the family system, generational patterns, looking at those things participants have not wanted to look at and being willing to be challenged and uncomfortable, to then move swiftly forward on their beautiful and bold path that is this life. Walking ‘A Bold Path’ asks participants to pull back and look at their roots, build awareness of self and do their own individual work and their work with their family. This takes courage and vulnerability. The program strives for young adults to reach toward this essential part of themselves in order to know, understand and have more inspired clarity on what they want in life and what they are capable of, so that they can move forward on a thoughtful, inspired, resilient, empowering, sustainable path.
Blue Ridge’s young adult wilderness therapy program "Emerald Arrow: A Bold Path" will start with a mixed gender group serving 18-30 year olds struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, family system issues, identity, avoidance, disordered eating, personality disorders/traits, substance abuse, and addictive behaviors.
Please contact Blue Ridge with questions or curiosity. Anne Wilzbacher can be reached at AnneW@blueridgewilderness.com or you can contact Danielle Hava (danielleH@blueridgewilderness.com) with questions related to referrals.
About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness offers clinically driven programs encompassing advanced therapeutic skill, a highly flexible nomadic wilderness therapy model, licensed wilderness therapy assessment and multiple treatment options for troubled teens ages 13-18 years old. Our individualized approach, family support and commitment to service translate to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families.