Build a foundation for life.


Our method focuses on five areas:

Recovery, Adventure, Education, Service, and Leadership.

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
— The Buddha

Recovery

Our programming is aimed at developing a holistic, well-rounded, healthy life. Clients come to us to enhance their recovery, and we accept those who have a proven track record of working at sobriety. Any educational experience is dependent on an individual’s determination to remain in recovery.

Our curriculum revolves around proven recovery practices, including 12-step meetings, different styles of meditation and yoga, and traditional rites-of-passage experiences. Every day, whether spent in the field, on the trail, or on a service project, is highlighted by the awareness that living a positive life enhances and strengthens our recovery.   


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
— Helen Keller

Adventure 

We dream of adventures—but what does adventure really mean? It means pushing ourselves to a new edge. When you’re totally engaged and challenged, a whole new part of yourself is able to emerge, and you discover inner resources you didn’t know you had. This awareness is vital for someone going through early recovery and seeking a new way of life. That’s why our program focuses on structured confrontations with unknown factors. Adventure fundamentally transforms us, gives us self-confidence, and  connects us with what we truly value.

Adventure is the scaffolding on which our program is based. We believe that every journey—from visiting a new part of your hometown to embarking on an expedition through the jungle—can deliver the benefits of adventure. Those with substance issues are naturally drawn to extreme experiences. AR teaches our students healthy ways to challenge themselves and carry these skills forward into meaningful lives and careers.


The best way to predict your future is to create it.
— Abraham Lincoln

Education

Our programs teach technical outdoor skills that build self-efficacy. Our experiential approach provides our students with immediate results that translate to lifelong learning and long-term recovery. We teach skills that give our students access to future employment and education opportunities.
 
Our curriculum encompasses both classroom-style learning and field-based instruction. Wilderness medicine, recovery coaching, and survival skills are executed in real time. Our certification courses contain components for success in any career or collegiate endeavor: resource and time management, navigating group dynamics and facilitation, and effective communication.


The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mahatma Ghandi

Service

It’s a proven fact that when we participate in community service, our lives are happier and more self-actualized. We believe this is a critical ingredient in the healing process and part of a thriving, healthy life in recovery.

After years of self-defeating behavior, young men in early recovery can feel that they have burned too many bridges or done too much damage. Through service, our students are reminded that they have a purpose in this world. Purpose breeds hope, and hope leads to inspired and thoughtful life choices.

At AR, we guide our students in everything from making initial contact with an organization to helping them determine exactly what they can offer and how they can carry that out. We believe that this level of project management instruction will prepare them for their next step, whether that’s college or a career in a professional setting. Understanding how to communicate effectively and how to execute plans are essential life skills.  


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
— John Quincy Adams

Leadership

We help students become the positive, powerful people they are capable of being. Lessons in leadership are most effective when they’re real: We work in an outdoor environment where the decisions we make have immediate consequences. When a task must be met, students adhere to clearly designated roles and learn how to be part of a team. Learning how to lead is an art that will serve them for a lifetime.
 
Students have opportunities to engage in several styles of leadership. They experience a designated leadership role in real-life scenarios for a total immersion experience. Self-leadership ensures that an individual’s responsibilities best support group function. Peer leadership involves being supportive to each other and setting an example. When we’re supporting the designated leader and participating fully in debriefing and group decision-making, we are practicing active followership.
 

We all find ourselves in these roles, in one way or another, every day. Being able to identify the most appropriate role at any given time is a skill that serves our students well.