WILDERNESS RENEWAL

WHAT WE DO

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

Wilderness Program

Seven Ponds is the national base camp for our wilderness renewal operations. The Wilderness Renewal philosophy is centered on rebuilding the thinking and behavioral tendencies of those who suffer from substance abuse and addiction.

Our primary wilderness experience strategy centers on providing individualized, and direct multi-dimensional services; designed to identify, analyze, and initiate change in the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual platforms that are at the core of self-defeating thinking and behaviors. Using components of Motivational Enhancement, including a stages of change model, participants are guided by trained wilderness professionals through daily activities designed to refocus their value system and self-perception.

Wilderness Renewal activities always begin on the Seven Ponds ranch. The program houses 8-10 wilderness male and female residents who have been accepted based on referrals and appropriateness for the wilderness setting. The program is taxing both mentally and physically and include meditation, stretching, breathing exercises, creativity projects, kayaking, cooking and journaling.

History

15 major treks

In 2019 our wilderness program had 15 major treks planned to explore and experience “eco-therapy”, these treks include kayaking, biking, camping, hiking, and exploration.

Additionally, Seven Ponds has added the Japanese renewal experience of “shinrin-yoku”, literally translated as “forest bathing”, as developed by Tomohide Akiyama. Conceptually shinrin-yoku is based on gently walking through the forest uninterrupted for two hours daily followed by resting and experiencing all that is occurring in and above the forest floor. Spending time this way increases activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to train your body to regulate itself and promote wellbeing and insolation from personal drama.

OUR GOAL

Connect with nature

Our wilderness program goal is to establish a oneness with nature as we have an innate, emotional need to connect with our environment. Nature makes us feel whole.

And when trekking we are looking to stimulate the five senses in a chemical free, all-natural experience, one that can be replicated almost anywhere. For more on forest bathing we recommend the book “Shinrin-yoku” by Yoshifumi Miyazaki.

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10-20 DAYS $1,800 – $8,200

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