Kiva: A Sacred Space By Scott Schill, Development Director   There is a kiva at RedCliff Ascent. The kiva is an invaluable sacred space we use for ceremonies. Traditionally, a kiva is a ceremonial structure build by natives of the southwest. The Chaco Canyon or Mesa Verde ruins are home to some of the most…

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The Lacrosse Field is a Sacred Space You are about to be impressed. It’s been over an hour since I last checked my phone. It’s ringing, buzzing, alerting, filling with LinkedIn requests, Facebook posts, and disappearing Snapchats. Do you feel anxious, yet? What’s even more impressive is that 22 teenage boys are all in the…

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Noting Meditation By Gordon Harris, Adapted By Trenna Ahlstrom In our modern society, we can all feel overwhelmed at times. Teens are no exception. They may feel like they are stuck in a bad situation that will never change or that they will never be able to achieve high ideals or live up to others…

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Square Breathing By Gordon Harris, Adapted by Trenna Ahlstrom Teens who struggle often have problems with anxiety. Square Breathing is a simple, easy to learn mindfulness practice that can help students with dealing with stress and fear-based reactions, anxiety, and the fight or flight response. Using mindfulness practices, teens are able to better self-regulate their…

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Loving-Kindness Meditation By Gordon Harris, Adapted by Trenna Ahlstrom One of the primary goals of RedCliff Ascent is to help teens build healthy relationships with family, friends and themselves. Loving-Kindness Meditation is a small part of a bigger process. It was the first mindfulness practice RedCliff Ascent chose to use. Assistant Field Director Gordon Harris…

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Three Mindfulness Practices That Help Troubled Teens By Trenna Ahlstrom   When you picture how troubled teens might spend their day, practicing mindfulness probably does not rank high on the list of possible activities. At RedCliff Ascent, our students sit for a  Mindfulness meditation practice almost every day. According to Assistant Field Director Gordon Harris,…

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Evidence-Based Model By Trenna Ahlstrom   RedCliff Ascent has one of the longest histories of helping teens and families in the industry. Not only do we know our program is effective because we see the transformation in teens, and receive letters from families whose lives have been changed; our program has also been scientifically validated…

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“A World Without Wilderness Is a Cage” By Trenna Ahlstrom   Eccentric activist Edward Abbey once proclaimed that, “A world without wilderness is a cage.” Abbey insisted: We cannot have freedom without wilderness. We cannot have freedom without leagues of open space beyond the cities, where boys and girls, men and women, can live at…

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Grab Your Seat at the Table A RedCliff Team Member Spotlight By Trenna Ahlstrom 5/2/18     Darcy Holt, or Sunrise Cricket as she is known in the wilderness, laughs easily and often. She has the kind of laugh that makes you want to laugh with her. She can make you feel at ease, even…

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