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Essential Skills: Youth, Land, & Leadership

The Essential Skills program supports youth ages 13-24 in developing skills for sustained cultural and environmental leadership in the 21st Century. Every month we offer a wilderness outing or an Immersion Weekend (usually part of a series) that combines self-reflection, group process, leadership skills, and community activities.

Skills & Objectives include job readiness, traditional/earth skills, resiliency, self-awareness, and health & wellness skills.

We help youth learn leadership skills and achieve the above objectives through individual career/education coaching, wilderness trips, travel, farming, backpacking, crafting, and visits with visionaries and change-makers in various fields.

YLL currently focuses on serving youth in Oakland, San Jose, Nevada City and surrounding communities in the Bay Area and Sierra Foothills. YLL includes urban-rural youth exchange, where participants from the city experience the Sierra’s mountains, agriculture, and nature, and rural participants taste the vibrancy and artistry of the city.


Outdoor Wellness Adventures:

With two licensed MFTs running Movi programs, we are now able to offer nature-based therapeutic individual and group programs for youth. The Outdoor Wellness Adventures (formerly Integrated Mental Health) program collaborates with under-represented youth to offer free ongoing experiences in nature combined with professional counseling and trauma recovery.

Skills & Objectives include increased mental and physical health, wellness skills, ease and comfort in nature, leadership skills, and sense of self-efficacy and empowerment.

Via our partner organization Crows Calling, we can also arrange custom private pay wilderness therapy options for youth. This opportunity is particularly suited for families/teens who are considering more intensive wilderness therapy, boarding school, or residential centers but who would like to explore another option first.

Contact us to design a program that is right for your teen, family, or client.

Individually-tailored program packages include:

  • Individual nature-based therapy session.
  • Nature-based group therapy sessions.
  • Outdoor wilderness therapy experiences ranging in length from 3 days to 2 weeks: individual or group.
  • EMDR sessions if applicable, for trauma recovery.
  • Ongoing therapy sessions via Skype, telephone, or in person to help participants integrate their wilderness therapy experiences and/or cultural exchange trips into their everyday home lives.


Inner-World Outer-World Leadership:

IWOW Fellowship Program

Weekend-long intensives for young adults in their 20’s focusing on leadership training, conversation, and skill-sharing focused on the topics of Equity and Social Justice, Climate Change, and Inner Transformation combined with Outer Action.

Skills & Objectives: 

Capacities of self-reflection and awareness that allow individuals to sustain social and environmental work over time as well as weather the despair and fear that can overwhelm us while facing realities of climate change, racism and systemic injustice, and systems collapse.

Individual and/or collaborative plans of action for continued deepening in each fellow’s particular area(s) of work and interest.



Additional Therapy Services

Rob and Daniela both offer individualized private therapy services for adolescents, young adults, individuals, and families, informed by 15+ years of teaching, running schools, leading outdoor and international trips, and facilitating transformation for young people. If you are a parent or participant looking for intensive therapeutic support, visit Growing Home Counseling or Crows Calling.