Combining Outdoor Experiences with Personal Growth

The Big Bend area of Texas is a remote desert wilderness, vast in scope, rugged in beauty, and spiritual in character.  Each year I lead group retreats to the Big Bend country for a period of personal exploration. The slide show on this page features photographs taken by participants during one of these retreats. Some of the retreats are for “men-only”, others are designed for couples. In addition, from time to time, I lead other adventure therapy retreats (e.g. backpacking trips to other wilderness areas and parks.) 


These retreats are unique in their design and format. They feature camping activities, desert hikes, mountain trails, group camaraderie, good food, and a program designed to expand self-understanding. Each year the program is different, customized specifically for the particular people that attend. The retreats are fun, challenging, and exciting. Many folks come back year after year, and participants often state that the experience at Big Bend was like months of learning about the self rolled into a weekend. As one happy wife put it, “He left the man he used to be under a rock at Big Bend.”