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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Dec 12, 2023

In this special episode of "Stories from the Field," host Will White shares his transformative experience at the Soul Degree retreat, a unique blend of outdoor therapy and holistic practices. Will's candid discussion reveals his struggles with mental health and how the retreat, founded by Chris Robbins, played a pivotal role in his journey towards healing. The episode delves into the power of nature, connection, and vulnerability in addressing mental health challenges, particularly for men.

Will's narrative begins with a personal crisis, leading him to Soul Degree. This retreat, combining elements like yoga, long hikes, breathwork, cold plunges, and group discussions, helped him confront his loneliness, trauma, and depression. It was a space for authentic connection and support among men facing similar struggles.

Chris Robbins, Soul Degree founder, joins the conversation to share his transformational journey. Chris shares his path from a corporate career to establishing Soul Degree is marked by introspection and a deep connection with nature. His approach to mental wellness emphasizes the importance of presence, listening, and community among men.

The episode concludes with reflections on the lasting impact of the retreat. Will emphasizes the importance of self-care, outdoor activities, and expressing love and gratitude. His experience at Soul Degree is a testament to the healing power of community, nature, and self-discovery.

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