Empowered Connections Through Nature
Dunegrass Healing's nature-based therapy program is conducted in small groups throughout the summer months along the West Michigan Lakeshore area in two-week blocks. Programs are available for adolescents ages 11-18. Sessions are split up according to gender and age groups and are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- One hour of one-to-one therapy for each participant
- Six 3-hour group sessions over the course of two weeks
- Outdoor activities centering around our six different focus areas like hiking, ecological learning, kayaking, yoga, obstacle confidence course and more.
- Participants have the opportunity to gain support from those that participate in their group.
Our Six Focus Areas
Utilizing mindful practices, we guide participants in developing a stronger sense of self-awareness. This allows for more easily identifying true feelings and recognizing negative throught patterns that feed anxiety and depression.
Low self-esteem limits our potential for self-discovery and growth. Through experiential activities in nature we challenge individuals to confront their negative self-talk, resulting in stronger confidence and self esteem.
We educate participants on how nutrition impacts moods and emotions; help them identify unhealthy eating habits, and how to make changes that promotes control over their own well being.
Choices and Control
Kids and young adults often feel they have little control over what happens to them. This causes feelings of helplessness and frustration. Participants will learn to identify what they can control and how their choices impact their well-being.
Power of Positivity
Participants are challenged to identify negative messages and work to bring about positive replacement messages from which to experience life.
Physical activity is one of the most highly effective ways to improve mental health. Benefits include stress relief, improved memory, better sleep and energy, and increased self-esteem. Participants will be given many experiences in nature incorporating physical movement to see firsthand these positive impacts.
Space is limited to 8 applicants per session and the cost is $650 per participant.
Scholarships are available on a first come basis! Please note your scholarship request on the application.
2017 Program Dates
Program times: 9AM-Noon
Session 1 CLOSED
Session 2 CLOSED
Session 3, girls: July 31, August 2, 4, 7, 9-11 TWO SPOTS REMAINING
Scholarship funds are available. Please indicate your best estimate of scholarship amount needed to participate on application.