Northern Lights, NVW’s Wisconsin winter curriculum

Northern Lights, NVW’s Wisconsin winter curriculum is a modified base-camp model of wilderness clinical immersion, building interpersonal communication, core strengths development, self-discovery, and healthy leadership. Students sleep in heated cabins and expedition sites (weather dependent)and experience the incredible beauty and stillness of a winter in the north woods. EMBRACE Relationships at the Salem Lake Cabins … Continued

New Vision Wilderness Women of the Wild

Working with female students in a therapeutic wilderness setting is something that New Vision Wilderness (NVW) has prided itself in doing since 2007. With programs in both Wisconsin and Bend, OR, NVW runs multiple teenage girls’ groups at all times. Ages range from 13-17 years old, and we love seeing the improved mental and physical … Continued

Canines – The Ultimate Relationship Tool

At New Vision Wilderness we have four canines working with our groups. We have three Golden Retrievers at our West Coast location and one more in our Northwood’s program. We are using our canines very strategically in teaching our clients how to work on healthy relationships with the ultimate goal being transferrable attachment. Transferable Attachment … Continued

Revising The Student-Teacher Dynamic

While adjusting to life without technology and other distractions, many students are surprised to meet me as their teacher. With either clinched fists or shrugged shoulders, students ask, “I have to do school work?” Although wilderness therapy provides time away from life as most teenagers know it, New Vision Wilderness (NVW) understands that education must … Continued

Family Therapy Services

The core purpose at New Vision Wilderness (NVW as stated in our mission statement, is to “Heal children and unite families.”  In order to accomplish this important goal in the wilderness setting, NVW focuses on the entire family unit. I often think of a family in dysfunction as a broken clock. If all of the … Continued

Substance Abuse

By Jacob Thomason, Lead Therapist NVW North Woods While in the field this week I had a familiar conversation with a teen in my group.  It started with him telling me that he has changed and now believes marijuana is bad for him.  When I first started this work I would have taken the bait … Continued

What an Educational Winter!

Winter here in the Cascade Mountains is always a magical time, but it was a wild start to the season this year in Oregon! New Vision Wilderness (NVW) saw foot upon foot of snow pile up in our beautiful field area and our clients learned new ways to coexist with extreme weather. Each day, they … Continued

Dog Sledding at NVW

For the past two winters New Vision Wilderness has been working with Richard Baum and Anna Threlfall to bring dog sledding to our clients in Wisconsin. Richard and Anna started dog sledding when their children were younger – what started as simply attending a race evolved into getting their own dog for skijoring (a skier … Continued

NVW Obtains Accreditation by Association of Experiential Education (AEE).

New Vision Wilderness (NVW) West Coast is pleased to announce that they have been granted accreditation by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). After a thorough on and off-site assessment process, the AEE Accreditation Council voted unanimously to grant NVW a 3-year accreditation term. Drew Hornbeck, NVW President and Co-Founder, said, “Being accredited by AEE … Continued

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