“Just living is not enough,” Hans Christian Andersen once said. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” In Utah, the sunshine isn’t always guaranteed day in and day out. Flowers are seasonal and sacred. Utah is home to multiple National Parks, National Monuments, state parks and other governmentally managed natural areas. Home to adventurers and nature lovers, there’s something special about Utah which calls to those who love the wilderness. That something is the promise freedom which rings throughout every topographic difference among each and every one of Utah’s landscapes. From ski slopes to desert canyons, lakes to forests, there is somewhere to get lost in Utah which is precisely what people seek because getting lost in nature is, most often, being found in the self once more.
Even among the difficulties of working through a wilderness therapy program, participants often say they have discovered a kind of freedom they’ve never known before. Away from the distractions, demands, and expectations of the everyday modern society, surrounded by the peace, beauty, and serenity of the wilderness, there is a kind of freedom unlike that offered in the small fleeting moments of tranquility at home. The truth is, when young women find their way to a wilderness therapy program, it is common that tranquility, fleeting or not, is not a state of being hey’ve spent much time in recently; neither, for that matter, is the feeling of freedom. Women in wilderness therapy programs do discover a new kind of freedom, happiness, joy, hope, and serenity while also discovering burdens, traumas, pains, and stories they’ve never let go of. What is said about travel, ‘Everywhere you go, there you are’ couldn’t be more true or exposed in wilderness therapy. There’s freedom in being everywhere that you are, especially when you are in beautiful nature surrounded by world class wilderness. However, there’s also freedom in being so present that you can be with yourself in all of your forms- your best, your worst, your most proud, or your most intimidating. The point being- without all the distractions of daily life, toxic environments, and problematic behavioral patterns, women have the room to be free, find freedom, and live more freely.
RedCliff Recovery was designed by women of wilderness therapy for women to experience wilderness therapy to be a deeply transformative treatment experience. Call us today for information on choosing the adventure of a lifetime: 801.370.2274