All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
Last month, Trails Carolina wilderness therapy introduced their New Trails to Wellness programming. This program centers around a week full of health-focused classes for students to learn about the importance of the mind-body connection and to practice self-care through creative expression, personal health classes, mindfulness, yoga, and culinary arts.
After spending two weeks in the wilderness on expedition, students transition to Trails Carolina’s Sky Valley campus where they participate in science classes each morning and attend Trails to Wellness programming in the afternoon.
“At Trails, we believe students can only be successful if we look at healing in a holistic way, helping the entire person rather than focusing on one specific area,” comments Clinical Director Jeniveve Rollins, LCSW. “It’s not just about having the best grades or being the best communicator. It’s about taking care of yourself as a whole including your body, thoughts and emotions. The Trails to Wellness programming helps students learn how to take care of their body and mind in preparation for life after Trails.”
Throughout the Trails to Wellness week, students will cycle through different focus topics each day.
On Monday, students participate in a mindfulness class. This class helps students build their own mindfulness practice that they can utilize at any time. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to decrease symptoms of anxiety within teens and adolescents. It can provide instant relief for students who struggle with anxiety throughout the day.
Tuesday’s focus is expressive arts. Students have the opportunity to explore the mind-body connection through a variety of art mediums such as visual arts, movement, drama and writing.
The wellness practice that students focus on during Wednesday’s class is yoga. Guided by a trained yoga instructor, students engage in a gentle yoga class that also incorporates mindfulness practices.
“It’s wonderful to see students who struggle with feeling comfortable in their own skin taking part in yoga and enjoying it,” says Rollins. “Yoga provides a chance for students to connect with their own bodies and it can be very relaxing for students.”
On Thursday, students take a wellness class that is focused on experiential self care. Students learn about different activities that they can take part in to engage in self care such as getting manicures, pedicures, making scented play doh and applying mud masks.
During Friday’s wellness activities, students take part in a therapist-led discussion centered around the connection between emotional and mental wellness with physical wellness.
Saturday is focused around exploring the culinary arts with Chef Tyler in a commercial kitchen. Students learn how to make healthy snacks and meals. (For example, recently students learned how to make healthy sugar-free banana muffins.) In addition to their cooking lessons with Tyler, students spend their week at Sky Valley learning how to cook several different healthy breakfasts and dinners. They learn new recipes each day that they can take with them after they graduate from Trails.
“The Trails to Wellness program helps students learn skills that reinforce the mind body connection,” comments Rollins. “They gain an awareness and understanding of how to center themselves if they are feeling anxious or stressed. Students are equipped with these new wellness skills that they can carry with them after they transition from our program.”
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy. For additional information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303.