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Apply today! Wilderness Therapy Staff Application

Join a dedicated team of professionals this summer and make a difference in the lives of Jewish young adults. We are seeking outdoor professionals, Jewish educators, and licensed clinical therapists to support our Wilderness Therapy program in Summer 2022. Click here to…

Giving Tuesday 2021

This #GivingTuesday, will you help build a Jewish community that actively supports its members in cultivating mental health and wellness? Almost 30% of young adults (18-25) and 17% of youth (6-17) struggle with mental illness (SAMHSA, 2019). The COVID-19 pandemic…

Meet Our Newest Team Members … and We’re Hiring!

We are so excited to welcome three new staff members to the BaMidbar team this fall! Please join us as we welcome Hayden Lilien as our first Chief Operating Officer, Brett Hausler who will serve as Director of External Relations,…

MESH-EE is Back!

Jewish professionals are uniquely situated to create positive environments where not only Jewish learning, but also mental health and wellness, can flourish. The Mental, Emotional, and Social Health for Experiential Educators course (MESH-EE) helps Jewish professionals expand their understanding of…

Shehecheyanu!

To Our Community, The Shehecheyanu is a Jewish prayer said to mark important occasions, and gives thanks to God for giving us life, sustaining us, and allowing us to reach this time and place. As BaMidbar welcomes the new Jewish…

WHAT A SUMMER!

After a year and a half of virtual programs, BaMidbar opened its doors and returned to in-person, therapeutic programming in June 2021. Over 40 days, students embarked on a journey of self-discovery, hope, and healing in the Colorado wilderness. Students…

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We’re Hiring!

Join a dedicated team of professionals this summer, and make a difference in the lives of Jewish young adults. We are seeking outdoor professionals, Jewish educators, and licensed clinical therapists to support our Therapeutic Expeditions in Summer 2021. “The mechanism…

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Summer 2021 Mifne: Therapeutic Expeditions Registration Opens

Mifne BaMidbar: Therapeutic Expeditions June 20th to July 29th, 2021 Registration is now open for Mifne BaMidbar: Therapeutic Expeditions for programs beginning June, 2021. Mifne means turning point. Mifne BaMidbar: Therapeutic Expeditions is an immersive, 40-day program for emerging adults…

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BaMidbar 2020 Highlights

It has been quite a year, and as the Yiddish saying goes, “People plan, and G-d laughs.” While 2020 did not turn out the way we expected, BaMidbar has been working hard to meet the mental health needs of the…

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Shana Tova from BaMidbar

As we prepare for the Days of Awe, days of deep introspection and self-reflection, we face a challenging task. Despite the challenges we face, last week’s Torah portion reminds us that we can do it; we are capable. From all…

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Our Path Moving Forward

In early March, BaMidbar hosted its first Experiential Educator Course, attended by Jewish community professionals looking to expand their mental health literacy and explore facilitation through the lens of social and emotional growth experiences. The program was a huge success,…

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August Newsletter: From Zoom Fatigue to Digital Simcha

“How to use experiential education principles in online facilitation“ As we settle into a world of virtual interaction, video conferencing, and Zoom fatigue, professionals are struggling with creative and engaging online facilitation. This two-session course will explore how we translate…

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Update on Summer Programming at BaMidbar

The BaMidbar team has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 since the onset of this global pandemic. We have examined countless possible scenarios and contingency plans. We have tracked national guidelines and worked closely with local medical experts, state…

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BaMidbar Spring & Summer Programming Update

Student health and safety is BaMidbar’s top priority. During the off-season our team spends countless hours preparing for emergencies and working with a variety of public health officials to ensure a safe and healthy experience for our participants. In March,…

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 What If We Didn’t Do Passover? 

By: Emily Heeren My sister sat down at the dining room table across from me. “So, hear me out,” she said, “and I’m only like 50% joking, but what if we just didn’t do Pesach this year?” Isn’t this particular week –…

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Introducing BaMidbar’s Field Team

As BaMidbar prepares for an intensive three weeks of staff training, we are excited to introduce our field team, who serve as mentors and guides for students in our program.  Through applying therapeutic concepts, teaching technical and fundamental skills, integrating…

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The Role of a Field Guide at BaMidbar

By Jory Hanselman February 27th, 12:18 AM, from the journal of a BaMidbar Field Guide: “Why on earth do I choose to do this?   People have normal jobs. I could be working a 9-5 office job someplace and be…

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BaMidbar Through the Decade

While BaMidbar opened programming in January 2018, an incredible amount of community support and many years of work made this program possible. Learn about our evolution over the last decade, as we plan for the decade to come!   2010…

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The BaMidbar Miracle

By Moss Herberholz The story of Hanukkah tells of a small group of Jews taking on the powerful army of Antiochus. Facing a seemingly undefeatable foe, the Maccabees persisted in their struggle until they succeeded in reclaiming Jerusalem from their…

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Our First Launch Month was a Great Success!

Launch Month Summer 2019 In mid-August, BaMidbar piloted a new program, “Launch Month,” which ran from August 18th to September 15th. Launch Month is an immersive, cohort-based experience that helps Jewish young adults overcome personal hurdles and get on their…

Shavuot in Pictures

Earlier this week we celebrated Shavuot, which marks the Israelites receiving of the Torah, following their escape from Egypt. In ancient times, Shavuot served as one of Judaism’s three times of pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Shavuot, along with…

A Digital Detox

By Moss Herberholz “Our smartphones can contribute or detract from the meaning that life has to offer, and an awareness of how we use them can help ensure they serve us, rather than only being an endless source of distraction…

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Shabbat Zachor

By Jacob Chatinover “Forgetfulness leads to exile, in Memory is the secret to redemption.” –Baal Shem Tov As field staff, I have often talked about the ways communal memory in Judaism impacts the stories we tell ourselves and the scope…

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Tu B’Shvat at BaMidbar

By Eliana Willis With snow on the ground and students and staff bundled up in warm clothing, it is hard to imagine that spring is just around the corner. But all around us, the trees are quietly awakening from the…

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8 Days of Hanukkah at BaMidbar

See what we’ve been up to for each of the eight days of Hanukkah!   Day 1: Backcountry Hanukiya Students constructed their own hanukiyah to light Hanukkah candles in the field for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Day 2: Dreidel,…

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הכרת תודה – Gratitude

By Zack Slavkin The days continue to lose light earlier and earlier as we head in to our Rocky Mountain winter. In this time, it is important to find the small things in the day to be thankful for. When…

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Group Juggle Will Save Us All!

By Nick Magel-Haberek, MS, MSW, LCSW Adventure therapy is something that I feel quite passionate about.  For me, it’s not enough to do it all day at BaMidbar. I’m also going home and writing about it, refining my work, and…

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Our First Shabbat

By Jory Hanselman This week, BaMidbar staff and students embarked on a journey, as year-round programming launched on Thursday, October 18th.  This week’s parsha, or Torah portion, also begins with a journey.  At God’s command, Abraham sets forth from the…

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Simcha and Sukkot in the Wilderness

By Gabi Wasserman We are currently on the threshold of celebrating Sukkot, the only pilgrimage festival referred to as Zman Simchateinu, “the time of our rejoicing.”  During Sukkot we partake in the mitzvah of leaving our permanent homes of comfort…

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A Call To Action

By Rabbi Anat Moskowitz Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught: As often as you can, take a trip out to the fields to pray. All the grasses will join you. They will enter your prayers and give you strength to sing…

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Between the Beit Midrash and the Woods

By Dave Yedid Now that summer is here, I feel both inspired and exhausted as I reflect on my first year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. These past nine months have passed largely at 122nd and Broadway,…

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The Diary of a Field Guide

By Danit Cohen Lead Field Guide, Winter & Spring 2018 February 27, 10:18pm “It’s so cold here. My feet are wet and I am wearing every single layer in my bag, and still I can’t get ahold of the shivering.…

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Meet Nick: A Q&A on Adventure-Based Therapy

I sat down with our Clinical Therapist, Nick Magle-Haberek to learn about what it is like to be an Adventure-Based Therapist and his practice at BaMidbar. So Nick- Tell me a little bit about yourself: My name is Nick Magle-Haberek.…

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Meet Ben: A Q&A on the Family Systems Approach

I sat down with our Clinical Therapist, Ben White to learn about clinical treatment from a family-systems approach and his practice at BaMidbar. So Ben- Tell me a little bit about yourself: I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a…

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BaMidbar by the Numbers

A look at the numbers from this past season. For all inquiries please contact our Clinical Director, Charles Elias CharlesE@BaMidbarTherapy.org or by calling 720-835-2937.

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Reflections on BaMidbar’s Inaugural Season

Dear BaMidbar Community, 18 weeks ago, BaMidbar’s first students arrived at the Ramah in the Rockies ranch, and just one week ago, the last students of our inaugural season graduated. Over the last five months, students and staff embarked on…

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What is your Torah? Shavuot at BaMidbar

Shavuot celebrates the receiving of Torah on Mount Sinai, and coincides with the wheat harvest in ancient Israel.  At BaMidbar, Shavuot will be an opportunity to think about insight and revelation, and the changes of the seasons and ourselves. Leading…

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Lavender Lattes with Moshe: A Glance at Parshat Emor

By Hindy Finman Since 1949 May has been Mental Health Awareness Month.  This blog questions the Torah’s perspective on advocating for the needs of others.  To learn how to Emor, speak up for those who are struggling please email Info@BaMidbarTherapy.org. This weeks…

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Passover at BaMidbar: From Slavery to Freedom

This Passover, our students embarked on a physical and metaphorical journey, from Mitzrayim, the narrow place, to Eretz Yisrael, the Promised Land.  Read below to learn more about Passover at BaMidbar. Day 1: What’s your Mitzrayim? Mitzrayim means Egypt, but…

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Meet Marisa: Q&A from the field

We chatted with Marisa to learn more about her passion for wilderness, what it means to be a field therapist and to get a glimpse of field life. Let’s start with a short introduction. Hi, I am Marisa Horn and…

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A Dash of Drash- Podcast with Rabbi Marc Soloway

This weeks episode of the podcast “A Dash of Drash,” Rabbi Marc Soloway and BaMidbar Director Jory Hanselman discuss the physical, metaphorical, and spiritual journey taking place at BaMidbar. Thank you Rabbi Marc for the opportunity to share Torah and joy this Pesach on…

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A Week In Pictures

What does a week at BaMidbar look like? To answer- let us show you. Our week begins with Kavanah Group, where participants and staff set goals for the week. Then it is time to pack up and head out on masa (excursions). Weekdays…

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Purim, Joy Without Drinking

By Miriam Green, Rabbinic Intern A couple of weeks ago, in my Facebook feed, I started receiving invitations to Purim parties.  Some highlighted costume themes, others Megillah readings; they all seemed fun, but nothing out of the ordinary – until…

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February Newsletter

During the month of January our team of clinicians, field guides, spiritual counselors, volunteers, and lay leaders came together for trainings on the topics of our mission and values, program curriculum, wilderness skills, clinical modalities, and an understanding of the…

Be A Nachshon

By Jory Hanselman In 2014, Ramah in the Rockies began to ask the question: Where else can we have a profound effect on the American Jewish Community? Our ranch sits dormant nine months out of the year – how can…

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Meet Our Clinical Team

BaMidbar is excited to introduce our Clinical Team Charles Elias, LCSW, MAC, LAC, CCPS II, SAP Clinical Director CharlesE@BaMibdarTherapy.org Charles is a native of London, England, and became an American citizen in 2002.  He has been a resident of Golden,…

A Space for Prayer in the Wilderness

By Hindy Finman Exhausted and dirty, I boarded my flight home. As I sat down I was overcome with a sense of gratitude and happiness. This was the type of simcha, joy, that consumes so much of you it becomes part…

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Dreams Become Reality

A short eighteen months ago, Ramah in the Rockies made the commitment to create the nation’s first Jewish wilderness therapy program. In January 2018, this dream becomes reality as BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy Program welcomes its first students! Over the last…

Abraham: The World’s First Wilderness Therapy Student

As featured in The Forward: By: Jory Hanselman On Friday night, October 27th, 2017,  BaMidbar’s Director Jory Hanselman spoke at Mishkan Chicago’s services. The Forward featured a portion of Jory’s drash on Scribe, the Forward’s curated contributor network. “Why are there so many journeys…

Within Our Reach

As we prepare for the Days of Awe, the task before us is not insignificant. Nor is it easy. Yet, we are capable. And, as this week’s Torah portion tells us, we have the tools to face this. This is…

Spiritual Counseling Redefined

This summer, I spent a week at Beit T’Shuvah, learning best practices in the Jewish world of recovery and getting a chance to see their spiritual counseling program firsthand.  In Beit T’Shuvah’s integrative treatment model, each student works with a therapist,…

Finding Wholeness in Unexpected Places

By Rabbi Mark Goodman Depending on your perspective, Moses was either a flawless paragon of moral virtue, or an ill-tempered foster child with a tendency toward angry reactions. Abraham was either a true servant of the Lord, boundless in faith,…

An Update on the Fire at Ramah in the Rockies

As many of you may know, at 2:00 am MDT Monday morning, a fire broke out in the lodge at Ramah in the Rockies, the parent program of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy. The building, which included administrative offices, the camp kitchen,…

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…

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.…

A Letter from the Director

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…

Please Join Us on April 26th!

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…

A Jewish Framework

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…

Outcomes Part 2: Skill Development

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…

Outcomes at BaMidbar: Part 1

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,…

“For if they fall…”

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…

So, what’s this all about?

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…