All Kinds of News for May 08, 2019
Emerald Arrow, Young Adult program at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, launched in October 2018 and has evolved into a thriving full group of individuals, and sophisticated programming that inspired many emerging adults into their successful graduations and transition into their path forward.
Emerald Arrow wants to express immense gratitude for all the support the program received leading up to its launch and since it has been up and running. It was an exciting winter and spring full of growth in Anne Wilzbacher’s group (Primary Therapist, Emerald Arrow) including a large consultant tour, several professional visits, creative expressions and practice, ceremony coming to life, field staff training for young adults, and implementation of yoga and meditation practice. The Emerald Arrow team has infused sophisticated clinical skill and creative interventions and exposure that have instilled investment and inspiration into the young people in the program.
Full family participation in the process: Families work alongside their young adult child with a Blue Ridge Family Therapist, in addition to working with Anne Wilzbacher, Primary Therapist. There is high investment in assignments and delving into their own family work, which has lent to productive field visits and end-of-stay family sessions. The family system shifting has been an important value to the program in order to support highly prepared transitions for young people out of wilderness.
Ceremony: A formal recognition of a young person’s process, courageous openings, and marked accomplishments. There has been intentional implementation and practice of ceremony into the student’s experience and process. Rites of Passage through ceremony caters to a student’s own individual story and work.
Daily Mindfulness Practice: This is a daily practice that happens in many forms as a way for young people to repeatedly practice skills that can translate and be applicable beyond wilderness.
Weekly Yoga and Meditation Instruction: Nicole Borth visits the group weekly to teach yoga and meditation instruction and practice. Her consistency, professionalism and focus have contributed great influence to deepening students’ experience of their own bodies, minds, and heart.
Creativity: Creativity is intentionally infused throughout the program as there is strong research in the benefits it serves in mental health and immune systems, reducing stress, and furthering connection to purpose.
Professional Series Guest Speakers (Skill Building): Emerald Arrow has invited professionals who work in Young Adult Transition Programs to the field to speak on various topics related to emerging adulthood.