The Equinox Adventure Therapy program is designed to provide our students with well-rounded, meaningful learning opportunities through outdoor recreation, experiential education and community service and events. Our program creates a culture that fosters the development of strong, positive identities among young men and strongly challenges old ways of being and thinking. As they develop and learn alongside one another, they form trusting, caring relationships.
Each week our students participate in an experiential education group that brings therapeutic concepts to life. Experiential groups focus on DBT concepts, social skills, leadership, emotional regulation and relationships, and competency. Lessons are then integrated into weekly off-campus activities and community service to provide a context for students to apply these skills in real-life settings.
Operating in Western North Carolina gives us immediate access to a magnificent and challenging outdoor classroom. Our adventure therapy program for boys provides opportunities to gain proficiency in a wide range of outdoor recreation skills including rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking, white water rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, biking and camping.
Every quarter our students participate in an overnight camping trip, providing opportunity to apply the outdoor skills they learn and to challenge the individual and team in a setting that may be outside their comfort zone. These activities often seen in summer camps are commonly used in our program to inspire growth. Outdoor challenges provide an excellent medium for building self-esteem and strong relationships. Our goal is for our students to leave Equinox with healthy, life-long interests and skills.
Learning to give back and to be empathetic is crucial to the growth of a boy into a healthy man. Our students participate in community service each week volunteering at community farms and gardens, planning activities for the elderly, working with our local humane society, and helping to maintain and beautify our campus. Additionally, our students explore a wide range of cultural and leisure activities, attending art classes led by local artists, and other community events, which provide ample opportunities for the boys to look outside themselves and determine how they can give back to the local community.