• An adventure therapy course designed to help adolescents overcome life's challenges

    There are two main strategies we can adopt to improve our quality of life. The first is to make external conditions match our goals. The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals. When we change the internal narrative, the story we tell ourselves, we can begin to see what is actually happening and work through any conflicts of interest.

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    Narrative

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    External

    Conditions

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    Problem

    Solving

  • What students learn

    Students will participate in at least one adventure activity for eight weeks. Participants explore a wide range of topics including Resistance, improving internal narratives, building connection, increasing self-worth, leading, developing courage and the ability to do hard things.

     

    This is a practical, solution focused course with carefully curated resources. Pivot Adventure Co. is a life changing experience, your time is spent leveling up. Click through and see some of the principles students learn.

    Ignore loon noises

    Students learn how to put aside the fact that there are loon noises, put aside the fact that we are afraid. And for a moment, see what is actually happening.

    Resistance

    Where does writer's block come from? As Joan Acocella pointed out, writer's block is a modern notion. A plumber doesn't get plumbers block. Talkers don't get talker's block. It's fake. Steve Pressfield calls this Resistance. Resistance is the noise in our head that keeps up from being the person we are born to be. That noise is the amygdala.The two almond shaped nuclei on the back of our head connected to our spinal cord. It drives our fight and flight response. It also subverts us from doing our best work.

     

    Roger Bannister, 1954

    Historic sub 4-minute mile

    Dance with the fear

    Our fear is never going away. It's in our biology. It's what has kept us alive for thousands of years. Yet, we don't run from saber tooth tigers anymore but his is how our brain is still wired. If we can't make it go away, we must learn to dance with it. We use adventure activities to place students in an environment to learn the difference between real risk and perceived risk. Students learn to respond to these situations rather than react to stress.

     

    Neil Armstrong, 1969

    First person to walk on the moon

    The infinite game

    There are two types of games. Finite games have rules, boundaries, a winner and a loser. We are used to finite games like basketball or racing someone to get on the freeway. There is a second type of game: the infinite game. You play the infinite game to keep playing.

     

    Nelson Mandela, 1994

    Philanthropist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

    What happened at Solvay?

    In 1927, the Solvay Congress in Brussels assembled 29 physicists including Heisenberg, Einstein, Curie and Bohr. Seventeen people in this photo won the Nobel Prize in Physics. But many of these people won the Nobel Prize after the conference was held. They didn’t get invited because they had won the Nobel Prize. They won the Nobel Prize because they got invited.

     

    The Solvay Conference, 1927

    17 out of the 29 attendees became Nobel Prize winners

    Make better art

    Art is anything we do as a human that brings emotional labor to the table to make a connection. A painter can be an artist. But so is that waitress that goes out of her way to delight her customers. When life is falling apart, make better art. Our students learn to become artists. Not the skill of putting paint on a canvas. No, the emotional labor it takes to make a connection.

    How will you measure your life?

    Too often, we use grades or the number of "likes" to determine our self-worth. Why? Because it's easy to measure. Students learn they can choose to measure themselves differently:

    • Did I help someone accomplish something I could never do?
    • Did I do something that I was afraid to do?
    • Did I help someone see the world as it is?
    • Did I help someone that needs to be helped?
    • Did I make something that needs to be made?

    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1968

    Nobel Peace Prize winner and Civil Rights Activist

  • Adventure Activities

    Students participate in at least one adventure activity for eight-weeks around their school schedule.

    No need to be taken out of school or other important activities to participate.

    DOWNHILL & CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

    HIKING & SNOWSHOEING

     

     

    OUTDOOR & INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING

    MOUNTAIN BIKING

  • Parent Webinars

    During the workshop, parents participate in weekly webinars with mental health experts to exchange stories, tools and tactics.

     

  • Since 2016, the number of adolescents who experienced at least one major depressive episode has leapt by 60%.

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