SOURCE: Pacific Quest

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October 13, 2010 15:52 ET

Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy Program Celebrates First Annual Educational Consultant Gathering

HILO, HI--(Marketwire - October 13, 2010) -   Pacific Quest recently held an informational and educational gathering for visiting educational consultants on the Big Island of Hawaii. Educational consultants arrived from the Midwest, East and West Coast, and Southern U.S. to learn about Pacific Quest's wilderness therapy programs for struggling youth and young adults. Guests were greeted in camp with a welcoming ceremony, drumming circle, and a nutritious lunch prepared by Pacific Quest students. Afterwards, a garden tour of the four organic farms captured the key components and stages of the program for the consultants.

The next morning, Pacific Quest therapists and wellness staff delivered interactive presentations about the wilderness therapy program. Following the educational presentations, the group spent an afternoon engaging on the gardens and with students in the various phases of the wilderness program. Staff and guests put on work gloves and joined students in working in the nursery, transplanting plants, and harvesting mangoes and papayas on the farm. Students shared their experiences and knowledge of the farm with the visitors and were active teachers for the day.

What came from this gathering was an exchange of knowledge between educational consultants and the students and staff at Pacific Quest. Guests were able to experience the students' daily life and engage in learning about the mind-body-emotion connection. By hosting this event, Pacific Quest was able to share its sustainable growth model through experiential education, informational sessions, and one-on-one interaction with students and staff.

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About Pacific Quest:

Pacific Quest is an outdoor behavioral healthcare ("wilderness therapy") and sustainable treatment program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their wilderness programs offer a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, going beyond traditional therapy and teaching sustainable life skills. Owned and operated by a veteran team of professionals with over 200 years of combined program experience, Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to treatment that is individualized for each student. Through experiential education, clinical services, a dedicated approach to health and wellness, and sustainable gardening, Pacific Quest provides a structured yet flexible outdoor therapy environment that serves the individual needs of each student.

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