Wilderness Therapy Retreats

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Wilderness Therapy Retreats works to provide plenty of opportunities to grow, heal and celebrate your life. Our events range from quick, one-day sessions, to multi-day wilderness experiences throughout the United States. We will always work to incorporate the most unique wilderness locations that are suitable to the planned event. If you have any questions regarding any event listed on this page, please reach out to us.

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FAQ's About Wilderness Therapy Retreats

Here are a few of the most common questions we get about our team, our approach and our programs.

Who is Wilderness Therapy Retreats, LLC (WTR)?

Here at WTR we all love nature and have a passion for sharing the benefits of reconnecting individuals with nature through numerous experiences. Our guides have a combination of experts in the field including Wilderness Therapists who are also licensed professional counselors, our Fly fishing, hiking, yoga and meditation guides are experienced and trained in their field. We are also trained in wilderness first aide.

Does Wilderness Therapy Work?

Nature-based therapies are supported by evidence- based research for preventive and healing medicine. A few of the many benefits include: boosting our immune system, decreasing harmful stress hormones and blood pressure , boosting mood, physical health, productivity, focus, attention and creativity.

Our therapists have worked in private practice and residential treatment centers and after training, personally experiencing and now conducting and teaching wilderness therapy and witnessing the powerful transformative benefits of nature-based therapies we have shifted our work to getting clients out of the office and supporting them in the natural world.

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What Are The Physical Requirements For A Trip?

There is no minimum physical ability needed to attend any of our retreats. Trips can be modified to suit the abilities of individuals and groups. All that is required is good health, which means your doctor would approve of you going for a walk in the woods. Our trips are more mental than they are physical. Most likely you will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone. We will encourage this but will also allow the option of choosing to opt out of challenge that may feel overwhelming.

Do I Need Any Prior Outdoor Experience?

No. Most of the people we take on a WTR trip are putting on a backpack for the very first time. We will teach you everything you need to know for a successful trip. We offer non camping trips for those that want a bed and a shower and on camping trips many participants have chosen to commute daily from a local hotel. We’ve also had participants return that previously commuted and have later chosen to camp.

What About Bugs?

Mosquitos and flies can be present on the trail, especially at lower elevations near water. We recommend bug spray, especially if you are one of the select few with sweet skin that is attractive to the bugs. We provide environmentally safe essential oil bug repellant.

I Have Never Been "Outdoorsy", Will That Be A Problem?

No. Camping or backpacking is not a prerequisite. Part of the experience is working together as a group throughout the week. The experiences and pace can be adjusted to fit the needs of the group. The guides are well trained and experienced at making decisions that will most benefit the group.

Are Payment Plans Available?

Each trip fee is broken down into three to four payments depending on date of the trip. We ask for a deposit to hold your spot and then 2 payments where the last payment is due two weeks before the event. Should more payments be necessary, please ask and we will try to accommodate.

What Should I Pack?

The packing/gear list are different depending on whether or not we camp or rent cabins. Each event will post a specific suggested packing list.
i. How are medical emergencies addressed? WTR guides are medically trained for wilderness emergency scenarios. Based on the severity of the situation, your guide(s) will handle it accordingly. In most cases front country emergency services are nearby.

How Are Medical Emergencies Addressed?

WTR guides are medically trained for wilderness emergency scenarios. Based on the severity of the situation, your guide(s) will handle it accordingly. In most cases front country emergency services are nearby.

Are Dates Flexible?

Alternative dates from those on our website may be reserved for private groups or individuals, if available. Please contact us with your preferences and questions.

What Is Your Refund Policy?

Due to the limited number of trips offered per year and number of participants per trip, most payments made are non-refundable this will depend on the location and refund policies of each venue– different trips may have a separate refund policy. WTR reserves the right to issue refunds for extenuating circumstances regarding trip cancellations at its discretion. In most cases the trip must be at it’s maximum capacity before a refund would be considered. In the event that a refund is not issued, all monies will go towards trip scholarships. As a result, your original payments will make a WTR trip a possibility for someone less fortunate. A charitable contribution receipt will be provided

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