Founded in 1988 by renowned wilderness-therapy pioneers Larry Olsen and Ezekiel Sanchez, the non-profit 501(c)(3) ANASAZI Foundation gives young people an opportunity, through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature, to effect a change of heart—a change in one's whole way of walking in the world.
ANASAZI's licensed and nationally accredited outdoor behavioral healthcare programs are widely respected for their unique and caring approach to treatment—its caring and patient staff is focused not on bad behaviors, but on helping young people discover and nurture the "seeds of greatness" which lie within. To those at ANASAZI, the wilderness is not a harsh place to break youth down, but rather a safe place—a place free from distractions where one can learn, ponder, and build.
ANASAZI's menu of services includes:
- 42-day (minimum stay) wilderness treatment program for adolescents (age 12-17)
- 42-day (minimum stay) wilderness treatment program for adults (18+)
- Parenting workshops and special programs
The 42-day program aids families of young people with mild-to-moderate mood disorders, addictions, behavioral problems, attachment disorders and/or adjustment difficulties. These would include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Oppositional behaviors
- Substance abuse
- Relational problems (with family, school, law enforcement and/or peers)
- Self-harming behaviors (suicidal ideation, eating disorders, cutting)
- Poor social skills
- Lack of motivation
- Entitlement orientations
- Internet/gaming addictions
Treatment at ANASAZI is individualized and provided by a licensed and credentialed staff specializing in child and adolescent psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, nursing, and experiential education. Staffing ratios are 1:3, and group sizes range from 3-8. Alumni/aftercare services are available to help sustain changes made while at ANASAZI. Fees may be covered by insurance, and financial aid is available for families in need. Admissions occur every week, year-round.
Parent involvement is key to ANASAZI's approach, which is rooted in its core mission—to help parents and children turn their hearts to one another, begin anew, and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world.
Learn more about ANASAZI Foundation's wilderness programs or call the ANASAZI office at 480-892-7403.