Reach provides the follow experiential therapy:
We provide wilderness therapy involving several core principles including ecology, indigenous tradition, ecopsychology, primitive and survival skills, ceremony, and ritual. The purpose of our wilderness program is to expose the participant to the natural world and to experience the inherent healing powers of nature. The wilderness is used as a metaphor for learning, and a mirror for self-reflection allowing the participant an avenue for self-discovery. Through insightful interactions with nature, participants are empowered to make meaningful changes, discover their “true self”, explore relationships, connect with a deeper power, and find meaning and purpose in life.
Clients are provided opportunities to engage in challenging activities which necessitate controlled risk-taking to overcome obstacles while exploring perceived limits and abilities. Clients are able to experience both success and failure while developing confidence and resilience. Inherent qualities such as trust, leadership, self-esteem, problem-solving, communication, and relationship present themselves through adventure therapy. Clients are encouraged to step outside their "comfort zone" resulting in new ways of thinking, perceiving and behaving. Being immersed in an adventure activity provides natural consequence for patterns of thinking and ways of behaving, and provides a powerful environment for self-discovery. Support is given to "try-on" new ways of being, to challenge inadequate or incorrect self-perception, and to learn through the experience. Reflection is an integral part of "learning by doing" – clients are able to acknowledge, honor, and integrate their experience.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
– John Muir