Field Staff of Dreams If you become a member of the RedCliff Ascent field staff, then you will live alongside students in the wilderness. You will be together for eight days at a time. During your time in the field, you will do everything that the students do, sharing the experiences of camping, hiking, primitive…

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How RedCliff Ascent Can Help Your Teen In School   Many of the teens who come to RedCliff Ascent (RCA) haven’t had the best experience at school. For a lot of kids, school is associated with failure and rejection. They cope with school by acting out. At some camps for teenage girls and boys, they…

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The Admissions Process   It takes a lot for you to make the initial call. Generally, most parents never expected they would be at a place to consider a wilderness therapy program for their teen. We want to help make the admissions process as easy as possible. By ensuring we are available to answer questions,…

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Learning to Live in the Real World   Walk into any restaurant, coffee shop, or anywhere that people gather and you will likely see someone bent over a screen. For most people technology can be a distraction. For other people, technology can be an addiction. In particular, for many troubled teens, screen addiction interferes with…

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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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“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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Wilderness Family Therapy: Beyond an Outpatient Session The Story Let me try to explain wilderness family therapy is so important by having you imagine you’re reading a biography. The main character is struggling with many things in her life, including friends, family, school, drugs, depression, and anxiety. You read how her parents have attempted to…

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