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Nomadic Therapeutic Wilderness Programs Offer a Deep Immersion in the Healing Embrace of Nature

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. —Robert Louis Stevenson 

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More Than Teachers

posted by monicajenner66 1 month ago
tags: education self directed learning

Who were your favorite teachers? Chances are, they’re your favorite for reasons beyond teaching. We all know that great teachers not only teach lessons; they are also interesting people to get to be around and who have great relationships with students. One of mine said it this way: “My students will probably not remember the content of my lesson, but they will definitely remember the way they were treated.”

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Makarios Community School - A Place for Everyone

posted by monicajenner66 1 month ago
tags: education self directed learning

One of best things about Makarios is the sense of community. Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other, and everyone has a place in our school- except when they don’t, because they’re new. A prospective student’s trial week and a new student’s first few days can be some of the most interesting things to experience at Makarios, and it really solidifies the sense of community each and every time.

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Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Celebrates One Year!

This week we are celebrating one year as Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness! So much has changed in the last year and we are thrilled to share our evolution and growth. We are proud to continually serve and support families with a primary goal of setting up students and families on their path to healing and helping teens to reconnect with the best version of themselves.

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Cultivating a “Growth Mindset” in Wilderness Therapy

When my best friend first tossed the idea my way, I had two competing thoughts, of equal size and strength, immediately pop into my brain. Thought #1: “She believes in you, and wants what’s best for you. She wants to have a fun experience together.” Thought #2: “She is a lunatic, and even after being friends for 35 years, she is clearly trying to kill me.”

 

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My child can not get off their device. What do I do?

posted by monicajenner66 1 month ago
tags: education self directed learning

They wake up and immediately reach for their phones. They get in the car and immediately pull out their DS. Their faces are aglow, and you can see the reflection of their devices in their dilated pupils. Screen time for kids has been a hot topic ever since the first handheld device came out almost half a century ago. We still struggle every day with our children's faces glued to the screen. Sometimes we may even find; we're guilty of that as well!

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An Open Letter to Our Children: Why You’re Not in Public School (and you are at Makarios)

posted by monicajenner66 1 month ago
tags: education self directed learning

The other day when we were talking about public school and your Democratic Free School (Makarios), we realized that…

  1. We’ve never really explained to you why you’ve never been to public school. 
  2. Within this absence of explanation, you’ve made up some pretty wacky reasons.

We're writing to set the record straight.

 

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What Wilderness Means to Me

AT White Mountains

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started as a field guide in 2011. What I did know, however, was that the wilderness provides a powerful backdrop for anyone searching for something. I had recently gotten back from a four and a half month backpacking trip from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail (The “AT”), where I had experienced that fact first hand. When I started the Appalachian Trail, on the surface I was a confident and probably somewhat arrogant recent college grad. However, internally I was scared to death by the fact that I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had always liked the outdoors but unlike many of the people I met during the trip, I was not fulfilling a lifelong dream by hiking the full length of the AT. Rather, I was fulfilling a dream that I had had for all of about two months after realizing that I was about to have to graduate and this was something that could help delay my entrance into “the real world.”

 

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I’m thankful for seizures...what are you thankful for?

posted by monicajenner66 1 month ago
tags: education self directed learning

July 17, 2012, is a day forever burned in my memory. It is the day that I witnessed my son have his first grand mal seizure. He was nine years old. It is also the day that began our family journey toward learning about epilepsy and the number of kids on the autism spectrum that struggle with this comorbid condition.

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Parent Workshop – December 7 & 8 in Clayton, GA

BlueRidgeWilderness Parentstherapy

At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

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