All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
Pure Life Adventure celebrates 6 years of therapeutic treatment and internationally recognized outdoor certifications in Costa Rica for young adults. Enrolling at Pure Life Adventure allows young adults to put their mental health first and, at the same time, allows them to gain life skills that transfer into job and adulthood. The partnership with Rescue 3 International and other certification companies provides clients with the unique opportunity to gain skills and challenge themselves in an outdoor adventure classroom setting. Clients walk away from Pure Life with: Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, and Technical Ropes and Rescue Certifications along with the skills to understand their emotional life.
Certification courses not only provide skill development, they also carry an intentional therapeutic purpose. The courses allow Pure Life therapists to assess the client’s ability to focus and follow through in a classroom setting. It is not uncommon for a client to thrive in the adventure activities, believe he/she is ready to go back to college, and then struggle significantly with a certification week. Andrew Taylor, founder and owner of Pure Life, states, "Experiential skills build your 'work' resume while gaining emotional and therapeutic skills with a backdrop of being out of the country." The 'certification weeks' help clients build therapeutic strategies for success in college and careers while gaining functional skills.
For many who attend Pure Life Adventure, their primary goal has been to matriculate and complete college. Putting mental health first feels like a step backwards for many of these students. Providing an opportunity for a young adult to work on their mental health and experience success in a new setting while achieving certifications for their resume provides empowerment, where there might not have been empowerment before. Five day certifications include advanced first aid skills, rescue skills for rafting and rappelling, wilderness first responder and leadership skills to lead adventure tours of their own. Clients graduate with the proper certifications to be a River Guide, Leadership Development Counselor or Field Staff in the Outdoor Adventure Industry. "Through my Time at Pure Life I found a passion for being outdoors. With my certifications I was able to transfer those skills to a job as a river guide in Idaho, while I finished college," said Hannah, graduate in 2017.
About Pure Life Adventure
Pure Life Adventure is located in the Central Pacific region of beautiful Costa Rica. Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, the bicultural team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, executive function deficits, trauma and substance abuse. The students are individuals with very real challenges looking for lasting change. Pure Life utilizes traditional individual and group therapy in combination with outdoor experiential learning and adventure. The Pure Life integrated and dynamic approach includes an emphasis on fitness, mindfulness, life skills and cultural immersion and is AEE Accredited