This page and details are still under construction
Program pending until land-use permits obtained
What is Hawk?
Hawk is a wilderness-based program for teens teens coping with the death of a loved one. It is not counseling or therapy, rather a connection with others going through similar challenges in teen life, in short, a supportive wilderness experience combined with active and meaningful grief and healing activities.
The challenges and successes that come with climbing, rappelling, and hiking up mountains, are metaphors for life. By adding important grief related rituals and ceremonies, teens are moved to express themselves in ways that they typically can't, or won't, when they are back at home in their everyday surroundings.
On this program, you can…
Go rock climbing, and experience the challenge, trust, and support that also helps you move
forward through the grief and healing process.
Climb a mountain, and dedicate your climb to the person you've lost.
Talk about the challenges you've faced, and see that it's a pain other teens also share.
Come away with a supportive group of understanding friends.
We will not try to counsel or “fix” you. Rather, we will listen and help you feel safe. We invite you to join us for a weekend of challenge, fun, and lasting benefits. We collaborate with a local qualified counselor who works closely with Randall Richards and other trained staff members in this program curriculum.
-Participants Arrive with parents
-Introductions/Goals and Tone setting
- Tone setting and teambuilding exercises
-Set up Camp
-Peak Climb and Dedication
-Lunch on the summit
-Particpants depart mid-late afternoon
This program is limited to ten particpants: Ages 14-18
Administrative Fee*: $XXX. per person which includes two days and one overnight. Transportation to and from, or during program not included.
*Covers food, equipment and all program activities. Staff will be volunteering their time for this program. Exact fee will be posted shortly, which may be more or less than the figure above.
Location: Environs of Mt. Aspiring National Park, Wanaka and The Hector Range/Kingston
Parents are invited to the opening and closing meetings of this program.
Parents Lodging: TBA
1) download the forms below
2) Print and fill the three forms
3) Scan all forms,
4) and send back as an attachment to randy(at)mtnspirit.org
Download application Form
Download release Form
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