We help you tap into your natural curiosity.
Adventure therapy is a form of psychotherapy that combines nature, community, and exercise. In general, adventure therapy helps people increase resilience, overcome fears, practice mindfulness in stressful situations, and build trust in themselves as well as in others.
Adventure therapy at The OhanaAt The Ohana, our main goal with adventure therapy is to help clients develop healthy relationships with their peers. We believe that one of the major issues of addiction is isolation which can be overcome through healing work that re-establishes our ability to connect and create Ohana. By participating in sober activities and challenging themselves to conquer fears, clients practice skills and establish relationships that will help them maintain and create Ohana as they transition back to daily life. Our adventure therapy program is implemented through a variety of activities such as hiking, snorkeling, trust exercises, and more. Each activity sets our clients up to challenge themselves and develop a variety of skills to bring back home.
Volcano adventureThis all day excursion takes clients to the famous volcano of the island where they tour the rim of the volcano as well as visit lava tubes. During this adventure clients get immersed into nature; connecting to the earth and the power which it holds. Clients experience a therapeutic group session along their journey as they reflect on how things are constantly changing. Volcanoes beautifully illustrate the process of rebuilding and reshaping.
Zipline canopy tourZiplining is one of the activities that we use as a team building exercise. Some clients may be afraid of heights or afraid of trusting a structure designed to hold them up. Others will be so excited to go for it. The mix of the two helps clients build trust, and communicate the vulnerable feeling of fear in a safe space with a team of leaders.
SnorkelingSnorkeling provides us with an amazing opportunity to practice mindfulness and focus on the breath. Clients will slow down, submerge themselves into a different natural world, and practice seeing things from a different angle.
Animal therapyWe use dolphin and/or equine therapy during which clients have one-on-one time with the animals to experience release in a nonjudgemental space. Here they experience acceptance and reflection through the animals.
Other adventures at The Ohana include:
- Dolphin and whale sea adventures
- Peace gardens
- Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge)
- Kona hiking trails
- Cloud forest sanctuary
- Kahaluu Beach Park
- & more
Benefits of adventure therapy
Heightened ability to handle stress You will practice a variety of coping mechanisms during activities that expose you to controlled stressful environments. You are then able to carry these newly acquired strategies over to your daily life.
Increase in self-confidence During some of our adventures you may experience fear and a desire to quit. Alongside your peers, you will learn to act in the face of fear, highlighting your ability to show-up despite feeling scared.
More trust in self and others You will practice leadership as well as taking direction from others during our activities. As you practice you will build more trust in your ability to lead and learn to trust those around you.