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Natural Adventure Therapy and Harrison Ford

[Not updated since Trump Victory 2016 except for Coronavirus reminder to take care of your health.]
[Addendum honoring Harrison Ford; and looking forward to the Female-honoring film Mulan. March 25, 2020.]

Below: Crystal City (near the Pentagon) indoor rockclimbing started recently [I was at the opening weekend]. I'm pasting photo(s) below of my time at this top-notch facility. The second photo is of me at the Rockville facility: Earth Treks Climbing.] 

Whatever your physical mobility capabilities may be at this moment in your life, you can benefit from exploring and possibly going beyond the edges of your "comfort zone." When carefully coached, most people will be able to rapidly experience the rewards of moving within their familiar boundaries and then testing to see how resilient they can be. FlexAware is an important background for building your inner sense of trust in your body and its abilities.

A naturopathic physician and psychotherapist whose work I admire, Michael Byrne, N.D., M.A., is skilled at encouraging people to live full and active lives. He included the words "Adventure Therapy" on his internet site and that was inspiring to me. Michael has been a leader in Outward Bound. [
His site.]
You may also be inspired by the work of Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. They have a DVD about their work, which includes a naturopathic physician who is part of their outdoor program which is called "Wilderness Therapy." [Their site.]

I've recently been honored to assist in planning outdoor experiences for youth and families in the Washington DC area. Background training that you may find interesting in regards to your own community is described at the Vermont Wilderness School. [
Their site.] Another site has programs for teen character development, Adirondack Leadersip Expeditions. [Their site.
But First -- A Reminder:

Our Nation Is Still At War

Superb film excerpt showing men and boys motivated to do the wartime work...in another century. Today's uniformed service is much different, but Friends, Family and Community can still be central in the minds and hearts of those who join. 
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.  With Russell Crowe and Ralph Bellamy. 
Treating veterans is an important challenge after they are welcomed home.


This video is recently compiled at the Washington National Cathedral -- an unexpectedly clear look at what Sacrifice means to those who have sacrificed in many ways:

 Below are pics recently discovered in old box. Includes winter storm early1969: Snow-Jumping at USAFA; Caving Summer 1969; Glacier travel 1974

Below is a video that I just learned about, the Fly By Light Youth Program [Their site.]

Creating a safe "exercise space" for your sense of exploration may take the form of dialoguing about how you can try something new that you've been curious about.   [See my blog, Living Inside the Box: Your Body as Temple--the Three Control Systems Modle.] 

No matter where in the world you live, you'll be able to create experiences that can help you move forward in gaining confidence in what you can do -- as a whole person including brain, body and autonomic nervous system. 

I invite you to visit the website of my affiliate in Oahu: Wellness Works Hawai'i -- Richard Diehl, Ph.D., M.Ed., Lic.Acup.

See also my blog description: Play as Medicine

I look forward to talking with you about how you can include Natural Adventure Therapy in your Health Menu.


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