What Are Wilderness Therapy Trek Programs?

Enrollment is now open for 2018 programs.

Program Start Dates:
  • February: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • March: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • April: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • May: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 30th
  • June: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • July: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • August: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • September: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • October: 2nd, 9th

Pricing: From $495/Day | View Registration Fees

When children and young adults struggle with substance abuse, behavioral disorders, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and other challenges, they live in a cacophony of unhealthy and unsafe elements. Wilderness therapy takes them out of the chaos and into a simplified environment, freeing them to accept responsibility for their choices and lives, gain insight into their values, and become invested in their personal growth. Adventure or experiential therapy helps troubled youth develop the self-reliance and self-respect they need to break destructive patterns and make healthier decisions.

Our Approach to Wilderness Therapy

Some wilderness therapy programs take a survival approach, while others focus on transition and growth through a “rites of passages” approach. Wilderness expeditions encourage students take responsibility for shelter, cooking, navigating, low-impact camping, overcoming natural obstacles, and surmounting challenges. Through these activities, students learn to work together and stand on their own two feet, establish cooperative and healthy relationships, communicate effectively, and develop confidence and self-esteem. 


Wilderness and adventure-based activities are an integral component of therapy, and Rites of Passages utilizes multiple techniques for therapeutic intervention. Our empowerment based wilderness therapy program is a unique wilderness experience based around family model therapy using the cognitive behavioral treatment model. Our approach integrates the therapeutic factors of wilderness experience with a nurturing and intense therapeutic process, which helps our student’s access feelings and emotions suppressed by anger, drugs, alcohol and depression. This addresses the whole individual and helps students achieve significant, sustainable results within a relatively short timeframe. 

There are four phases to the program:

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Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy provides expedition-based wilderness therapy programs for troubled adults, youth, teens and children who are struggling with a wide array of disorders and behavioral concerns. These wilderness therapy and long term care programs are designed to treat children, young adults and adults over 30 with issues such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, substance abuse, drug abuse, obesity health and wellness, etc. Rites of Passage offers camps for troubled youth, programs for troubled young adults, long term drug treatment programs, long term drug addiction programs, long term alcohol rehab treatment center, summer weight loss camp for teens, weight loss camp for teens, weight loss programs for kids, wilderness therapy, wilderness therapy programs, and more. We are proud to have helped people from all over the United States and internationally including California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Europe and Canada.