Our Mission Is To Cultivate A Lifelong Passion For Learning and Adventure.

Adventure Recovery Guides are incredibly talented outdoor educators and mentors who are highly trained and experienced in supporting individuals and groups on a journey of discovery. Each of our guides hold certifications in advanced wilderness first aid or higher with additional specialized certifications in specific outdoor skills. They have years of practice as guides and mentors and proven track records of helping individuals achieve their goals.

AR Guides carry an additional profound and exceptional qualification; each of them is in long-term recovery. Having experienced and overcome life's most difficult challenges provides them with a deep respect and understanding of what it truly takes to manifest change. Their ability to compassionately support others and contagious enthusiasm to live life fully are their greatest gifts to offer.


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TIM WALSH, Founder

Tim is an outdoor educator and recovery coach trainer who specializes in guiding people through the external and internal wilderness. Over the last 25 years, he has founded and lead numerous programs and institutions in the youth development and addictions recovery and prevention fields, as well as offered individualized support for those seeking purpose and spiritual development. 

Tim has consulted for and developed experiential education, adventure therapy and substance abuse awareness programs for private schools, youth development programs, treatment centers and national conferences. As a pioneer in the field of adventure-based counseling, he was one of the founding members of Mountainside Treatment Center. He served as Founding Director of Adventure Based Counseling at Mountainside and was eventually promoted to Executive Director. Tim served in this capacity for four years and left to start his own consulting business where he has successfully supported multiple programs in developing exceptional adventure curriculums.

Tim has earned Instructor Trainer levels of certification in ACA whitewater canoe, pro rescuer first aid & CPR and lifeguarding as well as certifications in advanced whitewater kayak instruction, BCU star 3 sea kayaking, wilderness first responder, recovery coaching and adventure based counseling.

Tim has studied various wisdom traditions and received healing rites and practical tools from elders and practitioners from both Western and Eastern disciplines. With a deep reverence and respect for ceremony and ritual, he facilitates a tailored approach to personal transformative process.

When not on the river, Tim spends time with his wife and their twins exploring the natural world, paddling the New England rivers, working in the garden, and creating.

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dAN IEAD

Dan Iead enjoys two principle passions in his life.  His career is spent in the clinical setting helping those with mental health and substance abuse disorders improve the quality of their lives, and his leisure time has been spent mostly outdoors, attempting to experience every adventure the land and water have to offer. 

For years he has known the therapeutic value and the transcendent quality of nature, and from that has come his realization that the value of therapy can be amplified when taken out of the clinic and performed within the activities and transcendent settings of the outdoors.  Never one to rest on his laurels, he went to work learning how to create a therapeutic program set in nature.

In his clinical career, Dan earned his Masters in Social Work, with Certification in Substance Abuse from Fordham University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  He has developed, implemented and overseen mental health and substance abuse programs in all settings and supported many individuals who have experienced trauma and have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.  He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Meditation and Living, and has certification in acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and non-violent crisis intervention.

Dan spends most of his leisure time in the outdoors fly fishing, hiking, camping, standup paddle boarding, and kite boarding among other activities. Dan is a trained Fly Fishing Guide.

Dan’s vision is to combine traditional therapeutic interventions with non-traditional recovery activities performed in a natural setting, into an impactful experience that motivates and inspires a person to eliminate self-defeating behaviors and adapt a healthy, natural lifestyle forever.

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RYAN COVENEY

As an avid outdoorsman, Ryan believes that the core of healthy living and recovery is a commitment to health and wellness. This is embodied by his motto to always be "getting up and getting out" into nature, and more so, into life. Ryan grew up in the Housatonic River Valley and has been given the gift of a lush environment to grow and explore. With both passion and training he has participated in varied adventure sports experiences including, backpacking/hiking, mountain biking, river sports, etc. These activities serve him not only as tools to recovery but as a complete way of life. Adventure Recovery offers a perfect way for Ryan to bring his skills and abilities to teach others.

Through his journey, Ryan has gained a unique compassion for his clients, and a talent for encouraging others toward self-confidence and growth by helping them challenge themselves to seek wellness through perseverance, strength and commitment.

Ryan believes in a deep sense of spirituality connected to the earth and adventure. He believes adventure truly offers healing, peace, and balance. Ryan brings this passion to his work at Adventure Recovery each and every day.

 

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KEVIN CARMIGNANI

Kevin grew up in northwestern Connecticut and graduated from Hofstra University with BA in communications. He spent his childhood outside and playing sports. Hiking, climbing trees, building forts—it didn't matter what it was, as long as he was always outside. Recovery brought Kevin to try new things while also rekindling his passion for being outside. One of his favorite activities is being out on the water. Stand up paddle boarding in calm water, down the river, or in an ocean is a go too. Kevin loves to surf, SUP, and paddle. 

Kevin has a background working with youth struggling with mental health and substance use issues. He's served as a direct care worker and has mentored many through the difficult transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Kevin is happiest when he's working with others. 

 

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PETE GAFFEY

Pete has adventure ingrained in his bones. As a kid, Pete spent much of his time in the New England wilderness and at summer camp where he learned to climb, lifeguard, and enjoy small watercraft such as canoes, kyacks, and sailing. As Pete got older he began skateboarding and was sponsored by a few local shops. His trademark move was to find the biggest thing he could fling himself off of, and stick it.

After graduating from Castleton with a BA in Developmental Psychology in 2007, Pete went back to his roots as a camp counselor and began working in residential treatment to share his passion of the outdoors and adventure sports with his clients. Pete has worked in various treatment programs throughout CT for the last 11 years.  

Pete is an avid rock climber and assistant coach in Muay Thai boxing. He trains and competes under the lineage of some of the most renowned Muay Thai coaches In the West. Pete believes in attending to the health of mind, body and spirit. He has a passion for working with young adults and others in recovery and guiding clients to build on each of these key components to a healthy and successful future.

 

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AMY POLLARD-MURPHY

Amy is a counselor, an advocate, a mentor, and an artist. She is a certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor dedicated to providing guidance and support to those who struggle with behavioral health and substance use issues. Having spent half of her life in recovery, Amy has chosen a career in counseling, including advocating for young women. Amy works tirelessly in support of her clients and their families as they acclimate to a recovery lifestyle. 

As an Adventure Recovery Guide, Amy has found her true calling by combining her life experiences, education, and love for the outdoors. Her mission is to inspire others to find peace in nature. Amy enjoys guiding others in the process of discovering what it means to be truly happy. 

Amy lives in Connecticut with her two kids and they enjoy hiking, biking, and going to the beach. Her hobbies include pottery and photography and all things crafty.