The daily schedules at Confluence support our belief that wellness starts with self-care. Daily activities encourage whole person health by reinforcing these ideals with purposeful routine and meaningful activity. Each activity, from the mundane to extraordinary, supports the therapeutic process and the individual treatment goals of the participant. Each week there three to four days are spent on the farm while the remainder of the week participants and staff are on a wilderness excursion.
After lunch there is an opportunity for a rest and relaxation to gather one’s thoughts, check-in with staff, read or work on clinical assignment.
Afternoon activities on the farm included hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, or snowshoeing on our trail network. On hot summer day’s participant’s can swim in the pond to cool off.
Early evening is an opportunity to check in with staff on the participant’s individual treatment plan, complete clinical readings or assignments. Clinicians use this time to hold group therapy sessions.
Dinner is prepared and served as a group. After dinner participant’s prepare for bed with their personal hygiene routine. Staff and participants have a final health check-in and review their daily goals.
After dinner the group gets together for Community Connection. Community Connection is a time for the group to engage in a light activity like boards games, an educational movie, a stargazing session or storytelling.
ON THE FARM
After a restful 8 hours of sleep individuals are woken to start their day by tidying their beds, dressing and getting ready for the day.
Prior to breakfast the group gathers for contemplative practice which could include yoga, meditation, readings or story sharing. Mentors check-in with participants to assess wellness assessments and set daily goals.
Meal time follows with participants preparing, serving, eating breakfasts as our a group in the communal farm house kitchen and dining room. At breakfast staff review the day’s activities and conduct health check-ins while addressing any participant concerns.
Morning activities on the Farm vary by season but include tending to vegetable and flower gardens, collecting and boiling sap for maple sugaring, processing food for winter storage, planting, harvesting and preparing gardens.
Around noon participants break for lunch. Lunch is either prepared or served in the dining room or prepared there and taken to another site around the property for an outdoor picnic.
Away from homebase the schedule is adaptable to the needs of the group, weather and the goals of the trip itinerary. However, the same ethos apply—intentionality of experience is at the forefront of everything participants and staff do.
The groups starts the day with the rising sun. If the group is moving that day participants break down camp and ready packs for travel.
Before cooking breakfast the group gathers for a morning intention-setting and a planning session. The time includes moments for quiet introspection and meditation.
The group cooks breakfast on camp stoves or over open fire when possible. At breakfast staff review the day’s activities and conduct health check-ins while addressing any participant concerns.
After breakfast the group embarks on the activity of the day, Be it backpacking, biking, paddling or snowshoeing.
Participants break for lunch at noon. On the trail lunch usually consists of easily prepared and carried meals.
Participants and staff repack and clean up after lunch a short rest is had and there is time to identify areas where participants have had successes and where there has been challenges
After lunch staff check in with participants, individually and as a group to assess the day’s progress and plan for the afternoon’s activity.
After eating lunch staff check in with participants, indivudally and as a group to assess the day’s progress and plan for the afternoon’s activity.
A resting period is available as participants and staff assess the goals of the day and decide about what challenges to take on for the remainder of the day. Afternoon activities on the trail include group sessions led by field mentors.
Late afternoon staff and participants find an appropriate camp for the night. Together the group builds out camp and readies for the evening.
Early evening is an opportunity to check with staff on the participant’s individual treatment plan, complete clinical readings or assignments.
Dinner is prepared over an open fire and served as a group. After dinner participant’s clean and ready for bed with their personal hygiene routine. Staff and participants have a final health check-in prior to sleeping.
- Trail days are generally early to bed. As light allows evening activities include games, storytelling and groups around the campfire.