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Wilderness Retreat Dates

2019 Retreats

October 19 & 20th - Cap Rock Canyon State Park

 

Join us for this therapeutic retreat to refresh, restore, and heal emotionally and physically in picturesque Cap Rock Canyon State Park. We'll start the day with movement in nature and set your specific intention for self growth, healing or letting go. You'll have the opportunity to practice mindfulness while learning fly fishing and the art of letting go. You,ll challenge yourself physically on scenic hikes and solo hikes to journal and reflect on personal intentions. There will be sensory awareness activities, tree talking and collaborations with the natural world. Nature is great co-therapist and is known to increase creativity, boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure. aide and focus and so much more. Escape from technology, news and noise and gift yourself with exploration and adventure.

The weekend focus will be on healing attachment wounds that are affecting relationship with self and others. "The attachment relationships in your developing years is the space where you learn your worth, and where you learn to self sooth and survive difficult emotions and experiences. These early years are also when you begin making sense of who you are, how you carry yourself and interact with others" (Bowbly, 1973).

All activities are by choice and open to modification.

What's Included

  • 2 Day retreat starting at 9:30 am Saturday Morning and ending at 5:00 pm Sunday (optional: arrive Friday night while we are setting up).
  • 1 hour pre planning session and 1 hour post session in person or via zoom.
  • The Camp site and camping equipment are included in the cost or you may chose to commute from a local hotel or reserve you own private camp site. We provide snacks, fruit, a nutritional meal to be shared around the Saturday night camp fire and a healthy lunch on Sunday (please bring your own breakfast food, snacks and Saturday lunch). The campsites are primitive and water will be provided but additional water is always welcome.
  • We offer fly fishing lessons and fly tying lessons (equipment provided), guided hikes, guided movement with simple yoga posses, therapeutic guidance, reflection and coaching in intention setting. processing and connecting with nature.

What's Not Included

Travel to and from park are not included. Please provide your own breakfast food, extra snacks and Saturday lunch. There is a $5 park entrance fee each day. There is very little cell service in the area.

Event Highlights

  • Goal/Intention setting, collaborations with the natural world, fly fishing with lessons, tree talking, hiking, camping, camp fire, therapeutic guidance, reflection, movement guidance, journaling time, sensory awareness activities, mindfulness, meditation, nature mandalas and attachment wound work.

Schedule

Example Schedule:
I. Morning coffee, tea, movement, meditation and guided intention setting for the day, learn the way of counsel
II. Guided group hike
III. Sensory Awareness, Nature Mandala, Solo hike with Tree talking & journal writing, group share and reflection in counsel
IV. Lunch
V. Guided meditation, Inner child walk/play, Counsel reflection,
VI. Free time to explore park while dinner is being prepared
VII. Dinner
VIII. Camp fire share and reflection / ceremony / night journal

Venue Highlights from Cap Rock Canyon Website

Where Bison Roam... Wind and water over the eons shaped the rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons State Park in the Panhandle of Texas. Today, bison roam the plains, bats roost in Clarity Tunnel, and you can explore 90 miles of trails.
Things to Do

Besides marveling at the bison and bats, you can hike, mountain-bike, camp, geocache, or take a scenic drive. Lake Theo offers fishing and swimming.

Most of the nearly 90 miles of trails are open for hiking and biking. Trails range from easy (Mesa Trail) to very challenging (Haynes Ridge Overlook Trail). Lengths range from just over 1 mile to 15 miles. Only experienced bikers should ride the more difficult trails. Access the Trailway from the park or trailheads.

Accommodations

Free camping with the us as a group:
Other options

1. Private campsites available to rent at the Caprock Canyon State Park Website.
2. There are a few hotels available 30 min away in Silverton, Texas
3. There are also a few Airbnb's listed in Quitaque, Texas near Caprock Canyon

Menu/Cuisine

The menu varies by event.  Sample menu:

Chicken Tacos with all of the fixings including guacamole and dutch oven backed peach cobbler. Vegetarian, Vegan, gluten free, nut free, dairy free alternatives available - examples: Quinoa and Lentil tacos

Directions

Caprock Canyon State Park and Trailways
850 Caprock Canyon Road
Quitaque, Texas 79255

Caprock Canyon is:
1 1/2 hours drive from Amarillo, Texas
4 1/2 hours drive from the Dallas - Fort Worth Area
1 1/2 hours drive from Lubbock, Texas

The closest airports are Amarillo, Lubbock and Dallas

 

Cost is $300 for 2 day retreat.  Early bird fee $250 when paid 30 days prior to the event. 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

2017-2018 Retreats

August 2-6, 2017 - Sierra Nevada's

Join us for a 5-day Wilderness Adventure Therapy Retreat surrounded by the Picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. 

The Sierra Nevada Mountains, hailed as “The Range of Light” by John Muir for the sunny weather, high mountain tops and vibrant meadows.  The Sierra Nevada’s house two national parks and 20 wilderness areas that preserve the most pristine spaces of fresh air, clean water and breathtaking scenery allowing its visitors to take in some of the same sights experienced by Muir.  You will want to plan extra time to explore nearby Yosemite National Park, known as "The Crown Jewel" of national parks for it's magnificent waterfalls, stunning meadows, exquisite valleys and ancient sequoias. Full Registration fee: $850.00 / Early Registration fee paid by July 15, 2017: $700.00 Non Refundable $200 deposit to hold you place - limited spaces available Supply list, liability waivers, and schedule information emailed to individuals. 

 

November 3-5, 2017 - WIchita Mountain Wildlife Refuge

Located in the beautiful Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge near Lawton Oklahoma only a short 3-hour drive from the DFW area. November 3-5, 2017 / Starting at 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Friday (or whenever you get here) Saturday  & Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm  In these stressful times filled with day to day pressures, worry, hassle and anxiety we need immersion in nature to regenerate and refresh.  Join us as we explore and share the benefits of nature while including therapeutic intentions. You'll enjoy hiking, campfires, journaling, meditation, sensory awareness, fly fishing lessons, nutrition education and maybe a little guitar playing! (All activities are optional and can be tailored to your activity level) There are hikes as short as a ½ mile or less to beautiful locations.  The scenic views seen in the pictures are from the top of Mount Scott that just a short car ride to the top.

 

March 24-25, 2018 - Meridian State Park, Meridian, TX

Join us for an adventure in beautiful Meridian State Park located in the peaceful town of Meridian, Texas just 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours from the DFW area.  The serene lake is located in the heart of the park and has several hiking trails including one with a view around the lake.  This therapeutic retreat will help you refresh, restore and heal emotionally and physically.  We'll start each day with simple yoga in nature and intention setting.  You'll challenge yourself physically on scenic hikes and solo hikes to journal and reflect on personal intentions, improve sensory awareness, creativity, boost your immune system, increase energy levels and so much more.  For no extra charge you can camp with us at the reserved group site, or commute or reserve you own private camp site at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/meridian

2 days = 2 / 8-hour days  $300 per person (*Early Bird $275) - Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

4 day - June 14-17 , 2018 - Lyons, Colorado

Therapy Gone Wild

Join us for our first introductory retreat for counselors, teachers, coaches, healers, nurses and etc.  We will introduce you to the wonderful world of Wilderness/Nature Based therapy for you and your clients/patients/students.  While learning ways to help those that you care for, teach and counsel you'll be gifting yourself with the same tools and techniques in crisp clean air in picturesque Colorado.  Challenge your self to a 5 day intensive retreat to dive deep into your own healing or self growth.  Escape from technology, news and noise.  Restore, Rejuvenate an explore with intention. 

4 days = 2 – 8-hour days + 1-10-hour day (meal + challenge night) + 1 – 4-hour final day $650. Per person (*Early Bird $550)

 

3 Day - October 5-7, 2018 - Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, Texas

This therapeutic retreat will help you refresh, restore, and heal heal emotionally and physically.  We'll start the day with yoga in nature and intention setting. You'll have the opportunity to practice mindfulness while learning fly fishing and the art of letting go.  You,ll challenge yourself physically on scenic hikes and solo hikes to journal and reflect on personal intentions and so much more.

3 days = 1 – 8-hour day + 1 - 10-hour day (meal +challenge night) + 1 – 4-hour final day $500 per person (*Early Bird $450)

 

 

Get more information and meet our guides at:      http://watr.life/

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