Lewis & Clark Wilderness Therapy Intensive


The Ecopsychology Studies cohort at Lewis & Clark Graduate School enjoyed a great team building and nature immersion experience at our annual summer Wilderness Therapy Intensive class. Following a morning of orientation and lecture at the Lewis and Clark Campus in Portland, the group spent the rest of the week camping at nearby Battleground Lake State Park in Southwestern, Washington. Course activities included group outdoor living, a sequence of adventure challenges, hands-on lessons about ecotherapy and the restorative benefits of natural settings, fireside counseling training groups, and a solo experience. A highlight of our week was a thrilling trip down the wild & scenic White Salmon River led by the expert guides of the Wet Planet rafting company. The raft trip culminated in a running of Husum Falls, an optional challenge taken on by the group. Husum Falls is one of the highest commercially run white water “drops” in North America.

camp Earth flag

students at the lake

Published by Thomas Doherty

Psychologist Thomas Doherty's work on environmental sustainability and health has been featured in publications like the New York Times and in talks worldwide. Thomas consults with individuals and organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He was the founding Director of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Ecopsychology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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