FAITH BASED RENEWAL

WHAT WE DO

Program houses 8-10 wilderness male and female residents.
Program taxes both mentally and physically.

The Narrow Gate Program

The Narrow Gate is designed to help those who have not found relief from their personal drama of addiction through contemporary counseling and therapy or self -help, 12 step programming.

Quite simply Narrow Gate is a spiritual directive that exams exterior events that have occurred in an individual’s life field, in concert with simultaneous occurrences in the mind, the imagination, the memory, the will, and above all in their human spirit. Through spiritual direction and active listening to staff members and guest speakers, participants are assisted in searching for their transcendent reality, that layer of the mind that aspires not only to learn about what many call the “Mystery”, but to experience the possibility of something beyond themselves in the events and accounts of their life, including their battle with addiction and abuse. Meditation and forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku) are key components to the Narrow Gate.

OUR GOAL

Through open, confidential discussions that are coordinated with reading, journaling, meditation, self- examination and reflection, Narrow Gate participants will be able to understand and access an inventory of the opportunities and vulnerabilities that make them who they truly are. To fully examine this inventory will require commitment and direction and will.

Narrow Gate is a powerful open-ended experience of self-compassion that has no religious component, other than to study and compare various historical events that are tied to specific groups. Participants can find the answers they seek not by focusing their consciousness on what they can rationally understand or logically communicate, but by being silent and receptive to the touch of an invisible presence unobstructed by the chattering mind.

History

12 step programming

Over the years many of the Seven Ponds residents have integrated the Narrow Gate model of self-actualization into their independent resolution to end their self-defeating addiction to alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, amphetamines and methamphetamine.

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