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A Month at Ramah in the Rockies

Posted on June 29, 2017

A Month at Ramah in the Rockies I just returned from a month at Ramah in the Rockies, overlapping with tzevet (staff) training, and the first few weeks of chalutzim (campers) on the property.  After a month at camp, it’s hard to not be both inspired and unbelievably humbled by Ramah in the Rockies, the Continue Reading »

The Hero’s Journey

Posted on May 25, 2017

The Hero’s Journey At the recent Independent Educational Consultant Association conference, I attended a session discussing Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey.”  In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell asserts that many important stories and myths from around the world share a common structure.  Campbell explains that in this shared structure, “A hero ventures forth from Continue Reading »

A Letter from the Director

Posted on April 28, 2017

Thank You! Over one year ago, Ramah in the Rockies’ staff and key community stakeholders joined together to discuss the need for a Jewish response to addiction and mental health conditions.  This past Wednesday night, over 30 stakeholders from the greater Denver area joined together to celebrate how far Ramah in the Rockies has come Continue Reading »

Please Join Us on April 26th!

Posted on April 25, 2017

It has been over a year since Ramah in the Rockies committed to creating a Jewish response to addiction and mental health challenges in Colorado. A failure to launch, trauma-related issues, and addiction are as common in the American Jewish community as in the rest of society, yet there are limited faith-based programs that meet Continue Reading »

A Jewish Framework

Posted on April 13, 2017

We’re hiring a Spiritual Counselor/Rabbi in Residence! As I’ve been working on the position description for our Spiritual Counselor / Rabbi in Residence role, many people have asked me to further explain what makes our program distinctly Jewish.  Outside of being kosher and Shabbat-observant, how do we integrate Judaism throughout the treatment process? The challenge Continue Reading »

Outcomes Part 2: Skill Development

Posted on March 20, 2017

It’s been awhile since our latest blog past, as we’ve been busy building content for our soon-to-launch website.  Stay tuned, as we’re preparing to send out a number of exciting updates in the coming weeks! At BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, we see skill development as an important pathway to nurturing and building resilience for our students. Continue Reading »

Outcomes at BaMidbar: Part 1

Posted on January 25, 2017

In a blog post in early December, I discussed the role outcomes will play in our program development process.  As a mission-driven program, it is essential we have a vision of what change we hope to make in the world, and that we create programming with that end view always in mind.  In the next Continue Reading »

“For if they fall…”

Posted on January 10, 2017

In approaching program development, I knew that many of our tasks would be framed by the “existential questions” we needed to answer. These questions cover a broad swath of territory – from defining our target demographic to the nature of our family program to the integration of Judaism into our model and philosophy. Today, I Continue Reading »

So, what’s this all about?

Posted on December 21, 2016

The most basic (and common) question that I hear is, “What is wilderness therapy?” In a nutshell, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) programs use wilderness and adventure-based experiences as a vehicle to promote the therapeutic growth of participants, in a process guided and directed by a licensed mental health professional. So, what does this actually look Continue Reading »

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else”

Posted on December 7, 2016

It’s hard to believe three months have already passed since I joined the Ramah in the Rockies team to move BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy from an inception to reality. Over the coming months I’ll be using this blog to dive into particular program development topics in more detail. Today I want to provide a brief overview of where Continue Reading »

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