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Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy

Dec 10, 2019

Zhenda Glover is a field guide at Evoke Cascades located in Oregon.  She was born and raised in Bulgaria and had never heard the two words "wilderness' and "therapy" put together until she moved to Oregon.  Zhenda became enamored with wilderness therapy after attending a field guide orientation at Evoke and has been...


Nov 30, 2019

Rachel Rollins is a therapist at Juniper Canyon Recovery Center in Utah. She first learned about wilderness therapy when she was enrolled in a program as a teen which is where she first learned to "love self and wilderness." After graduating from the University of Vermont, Rachel traveled the world but felt unsatisfied...


Nov 25, 2019

L. Jay Mitchell is one of the elders in the field of wilderness therapy as he co-founded the School of Urban and Wilderness Survival (SUWS) in Idaho and Alldredge Academy in West Virginia. SUWS was the first for-profit, private pay primitive skills wilderness therapy program in the U.S. and helped spawn the movement of...


Nov 18, 2019

John Conway  was the chair of the Outdoor Behavioral Council during a time of rapid growth. He grew up in Illinois and wanted to work in wilderness therapy but thought he would have to move away from Chicago to get a job in the field. John tells the story of how his first job offer after getting his MSW was at...


Nov 11, 2019

Emily (Jonesie) Jones spent every summer of her childhood living at a summer camp that her parents worked at.  After college, she worked at a farm and traveled all over, including South America. Jonesie shares the fascinating story of being in Peru and participating in a ceremony that changed the course of her life. She...