Born on the 4th of July Meet Freedom, NVW Asheville’s First Golden Retriever

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Truly born on the 4th of July, Freedom has a free spirit motivated by love and attention. She’s already hard at work Creating Joy and Healing Generations with our team at New Vision Wilderness Asheville. The difference her presence makes with our programming and the impact she has on our students is immediately palpable.

This sweet pup traveled weeks ago from Missouri to the North Woods of Wisconsin as a companion in the adolescent boys group and for field immersion training with another Calo Golden named Diesel. The adolescent boys group in Wisconsin composed letters for Freedom’s new caregivers and arranged a solo ceremony for her. They requested that she take a swim in the lake, play off-leash, and don a red, white, and blue bow before she was on her way once again.

On our journey to North Carolina together, she endured numerous flight delays and extended time in airports before her very first two flights. She took it all in stride with her tail wagging. It was an additional two-hour drive to her new home in the Nantahala National Forest where she is currently settled in with our Young Adult group.

The NVW Asheville team welcomes Freedom and thanks all involved in the smooth transition for her to her new home with us.

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For more information on New Vision Wilderness Asheville:
Contact Patrick McAvoy, Admissions Director at 518-524-7676, or Adam Eader, Expansion Executive Director at 414-801-9792,

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Golden Retrievers are cuddle buddies that attach to multiple caregivers. They promote and provide exercise, training, responsibility, and sensory input in Calo Programs. Involving Calo Goldens can simulate caretaker roles, the process of adoption, and reinforce our CASA (commitment, acceptance, security, attunement) therapeutic model with healthy, safe, trusting relationships.

About New Vision Wilderness

New Vision Wilderness Therapy (NVW) serves preteens, teens, young adults and families in three U.S. locations: the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the majestic Cascade mountain range of Central Oregon and the lush Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina.

NVW is a specialty wilderness therapy treatment program that is clinically intensive, highly specialized and trauma-informed. NVW was founded and designed to heal the consequences of early childhood stress. Our clients are often adopted and experience the effects of grief and loss in their lives. This early stress, often referred to as Complex Developmental Trauma, manifests itself in controlling behaviors such as defiance and opposition, as well as debilitating behaviors such as anxiety, ADHD, and depression. NVW is the nation’s premier “relational model” wilderness therapy program and integrates the latest research on adverse childhood experiences. Our “relationship-centered” approach coupled with a safe environment and the most effective clinical interventions serves as the backbone to their success and reputation. They believe in relationship, not consequence, as the main vehicle for change. To learn more, go to or contact our Admissions team at 855-689-8326.

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