Outdoor Outings and Adventures

Surfing

Each weekend, we take our residents to St. Augustine Beach, just a few miles from our doorstep. In sobriety, it was important for us all to re-discover adventure, in that way recovery became more appealing. Most of us on staff spend our free time surfing. Some of us found surfing in sobriety, others learned to surf before doing so. We can all agree that surfing brought us spiritual connection, peace, and an opportunity to practice self care in our journey through recovery.  Surfing saved many of us in different ways, and that is something we want our residents to experience.

Chris (outreach/admissions coordinator), Jason (owner), Tom (case manager), or Ty (program director) meet that guys down at the beach with the rest of our DCA (behavior tech) staff on hand. As our residents take to the ocean, these staff members offer advice and fundamental experience with the residents in the water. Groups on water safety, surfing how-to's, and ocean dynamics are occasionally offered as new communities cycle through The Augustine.  Click here to read Chris' blog post on his experience with surfing and sobriety. 

Paddle Boarding

Paddle board outings are hosted by nationally certified instructor Todd Bishop.

Todd started paddling the Florida backwaters (with his father) as soon as he could walk.  Multi-day canoe trips were common.  Todd was greatly influenced by his mother’s professional teaching abilities.  Throughout his youth he was exposed to a wide variety of teaching environments from traditional and outdoor classrooms to Sierra Club presentations which he assisted with.  He has since embarked on trips to Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Boundary Waters, the Colorado river, and many other SE US inland and coastal areas.  Always open to new challenges, Todd’s experience includes open boat, kayak, surfing & Stand Up Paddling disciplines in venues from whitewater/surf to touring.  Todd is a USMC veteran which is evident in his steadfast determination and drive.  He has worked as a professional guide, owned and operated a paddlesports shop, represented Dagger and other manufacturers, and currently owns Bishop Boards, a manufacturer of Stand Up Paddleboards and gear.  Todd is an American Canoe Association L3 Surf SUP instructor & ACA Instructor Trainer.  His experiences as a US Park Ranger bring a varied perspective on safety, risk management, and outdoor recreation.  Todd is a Special Olympics SUP coach and also heads up a Team River Runner chapter (paddling workshops for disabled veterans).  You can find him enjoying the water with his wife and 2 children.    

To visit Bishop Boards website, click here.

Equine Assisted Therapy (Horse Assisted Therapy)

Equine therapy is hosted by Dr. Ashely Thompson, a psychotherapist who holds he PhD in depth psychology.

Equine assisted therapy is great because you get a sense of how your energy affects the animal. Horses are prey animals, so they will naturally pick up on any anxieties, nervousness, or lack of calm. It takes patience and perseverance to work with them. It can be a great way to learn how to self soothe, and get a good sense of how you present yourself to the world. Some people connect better with animals then they do with people too. This is a great way to get people to open up and feel comfortable. 

To visit Dr. AE Thompson's website, click here.