Director of Admissions
Carrie Weatherhead, LCSW
Admissions Phone
Physical Address
Dominical, PUNTARENAS
Pure Life Adventure Logo purelifeadventure.com
Located in Costa Rica, Pure Life provides a holistic, adventure-based approach to young adult and adolescent therapy. Our students participate in novel adventures including-- surfing, rafting, backpacking, & internationally recognized certifications. Young people who struggle with anxiety, lack of motivation, depression, & social skills may find their problems getting worse under the pressure of adulthood. Pure Life’s Adventure Therapy students are typically facing challenges associated with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, screening/gaming abuse, executive function deficits, low motivation, adoption, low self-esteem, body image, & trauma. Individuals attending our program have a willingness to change. Pure Life is open to adolescents from 14-17 and young adults from 18-30. Our students work on their social skills, leadership skills, life planning skills, & vocational development. Through cultural immersion, community service, & adventure based activities, our students develop the skills & experiences necessary to get them through difficult adult transition so they can thrive and flourish on their own. We are able to provide bilingual (Spanish to English) services to all clients from admission --> treatment.*

General Information

Private Company - Owners On-Site
Leased By Program
5 years-Indefinite years
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Wilderness Therapy Model

Base Camp | Adventure Therapy
Not Applicable
Yes
Not Applicable
0 Weeks

Group

14 - 17
No
Co-ed Group(s)
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Family Participation

Required by Program
-
-
-
-
Recommended by Program
-
-
Parent visit recommended

Family Workshop / Visits

-
-
-
Recommended by Program
-
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Staff Information

Yes
1:4
8 Hours
< 10
< 10
No

Clinician Information

Max 8 Students
All therapists are licensed by the state of operation
2 Days
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Meditation
Yoga

Medical / Wellness

Contracted psychiatrist as needed
< 50%
Nurse
EMT
Physician / MD
Psychiatrist / MD
Active Psychosis
Actively Suicidal
Fire Starter
> Max BMI
< Min BMI
Need for Detox?
Pregnancy
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Psychological Evaluations

> 50%

Academic Offering

Yes
No

Program Licensing and/or Accreditation

outdoor behavioral health
Yes

Nuts & Bolts

Yes
> $500.00
Call for more information
No
No
No
No
> 50%
San Jose [SJC]
3 Hours

General Information

Private Company - Owners On-Site
Leased By Program
5 years-Indefinite years
Call for more information
Call for more information.

Wilderness Therapy Model

Base Camp | Adventure Therapy
Not Applicable
N/A
Not Applicable
12 Weeks
No

Group

Must be 18+ to enroll
Co-ed Group(s)

Family Participation

Recommended by Program
-
-
-
Recommended by Program
Recommended by Program
-
Recommended by Program
Parent visit recommended

Family Workshop / Visits

Recommended by Program
Recommended by Program
Call for more information

Staff Information

Yes
1:3
1:4
8 Hours
< 10
< 10

Clinician Information

Max 8 Students
> 50%
2 Days
1
Breathing Techniques / Breath Work
Meditation
Yoga

Medical / Wellness

Contracted psychiatrist as needed
< 50%
Nurse
Physician / MD
Active Psychosis
Actively Suicidal
Fire Starter
Injectable Medicine
Less Than 30 Days Sobriety
> Max BMI
< Min BMI
Need for Detox?
Pregnancy
Call For more information
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Psychological Evaluations

< 50%

Academic Options

No
No
No
Yes

Nuts & Bolts

Yes
> $500.00
Call for more information
No
No
Private / Self Pay
Breakout Billing For Insurance
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< 50%
San Jose [SJC]
3.5 Hours
Mission Statement
Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, our bicultural team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, executive function deficits, trauma, and substance abuse. Pure Life provides intermediate level treatment, utilizing cognitive behavioral individual and group therapy in combination with outdoor experiential learning & adventure. Pure Life offers a therapeutic alternative for young adult clients struggling with school or career. Our 10-12 week program is built to intentionally foster grit and resiliency in students while supporting them as they confront the barriers that are holding them back from success. In addition, we provide students with opportunities for cultural immersion, community service, and nationally recognized adventure certifications. Through this novel, nature based approach, we prepare young adults for the challenges they will face as they conquer college, career, and independence. After successfully serving young adults for the past six years, we are pleased to open our doors to adolescents ages 14-17 in 2020. These students will be able to heal and grow in the beauty of Costa Rica. Our unique model incorporates: nature, mindfulness, cultural immersion, adventure activities, and community service with the strong foundation of clinical support provided by our licensed Masters-level clinicians.