Winter Break

BaMidbar offers a three-week version of our Therapeutic Expeditions, for young adults seeking an alternative winter break experience. 

December 22nd, 2019 to January 12th, 2020  

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Join us this winter break. BaMidbar uses wilderness and adventure-based experiences as a vehicle to promote self-reflection and community connection, while helping participants build a toolkit to face life’s challenges. BaMidbar’s program is crafted to simultaneously support and challenge each individual student, allowing them to discover who they are, who they want to be, where they want to go, and how they’re going to get there. Individual therapy, group therapy, and regular processing debriefs are woven into the program structure to give space for intentional reflection, learning, and growth.

Our Students: 

Emerging adulthood is a time characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, feeling in-between, and an age of possibilities.  While this can be an exciting time of change and opportunity, many emerging adults struggle to find themselves, their passion, and their place in society.  The manifestation of these struggles are often expressed through depression, anxiety, negative life patterns, and an inability to live life to its full potential.

We help Jewish emerging adults build resilience and overcome obstacles.  Our Therapeutic Expeditions serve emerging adults 18-28 who may or may not have a history of mental health challenges, but who are struggling to find their way forward as they transition from adolescence into adulthood.  Life challenges may include:

  • A “failure to launch”
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity exploration
  • Negative life patterns
  • Social anxiety
  • Mild substance use or abuse
  • Academic or employment challenges

Wait, you want me to camp in Colorado in the winter? 

During BaMidbar’s Winter Break program, students stay in a combination of heated huts, yurts, and teepees in the backcountry, and sleep at Ramah in the Rockies’ retreat center, Beit Kesher, while at basecamp.  Winter provides a unique opportunity to engage in snow-based adventure therapy activities, like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter camping. Students learn perseverance and personal potential while challenging themselves in a new environment, and lessons of personal responsibility are quickly and fully integrated into their everyday living, as they manage their comfort in the great outdoors.  Safety is the highest priority of BaMidbar’s staff, and all staff receive extensive training in facilitating safe and meaningful winter experiences. 

Interested in learning about our Spring and Summer Young Adult programs, Summer Adolescent Programs, or Experiential Educator Course? Click here