Sedona Summer

Summer is always wonderful and full of adventures for my husband Seth and I. As is usually the case, my psychotherapy practice in Sedona slows down, as many Sedonians head out to avoid the heat.  That makes it a perfect time for me to tour and visit therapeutic programs and schools for my Educational Consulting practice, and take a vacation!

This summer I’ve visited and toured programs in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii, In June I saw 17 programs in one week in Utah… that was a busy, but extremely productive and insightful trip!  Thanks so much to Margaret Oak at Logan River Academy for helping make that happen and being such a wonderful resource and support along the way.  I couldn’t have done it without her!

After visiting therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment programs, eating disorder hospitals, and wilderness programs throughout the United States, my husband and I finally took off for two weeks vacation in Kauai, the most northern island of Hawaii, and our favorite Island. We spent two relaxing weeks,swimming, snorkeling, walking on the beach, doing yoga and playing golf.  We enjoyed watching the surfers on Hanalei bay and eating fresh ahi tuna and sushi rolls daily from the Dolfin Fish Market in Hanalei (and no, they don’t serve dolfin!)  We loved the farmers market Saturday mornings, where we bought beautiful, organic and locally grown fruit and vegetables, and fantastically vibrant and sweetly sented Hawaiian flowers.

One of the highlights of our trip was snorkeling along with this big guy, a beautiful green sea turtle.  He was kind enough to make an appearance and allow us to join him for a while, as we all floated along in the surge together.  Luckily, Seth brought along his underwater camera and was able to take this and other amazing photos.

Lastly, we spent two days on the Big Island, visiting and touring Pacific Quest a wilderness program for adolescents and young adults.  The students greeted us with  handmade lei’s and a drum circle, and showed us the amazing things they were learning about growing and cultivating their food, while working on growing, maturing, and developing independence and self reliance.  Many thanks to Suzanne McKinney, Martha and Oren for the tour and the opportunity to see the work in progress!

Well, now it’s back to work in Sedona, both psychotherapy and ed consulting practices and not another trip planned until October when I will be attending School Connections Conference at Newport Beach, CA, and speaking with and learning about another 30 programs and schools.

I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are feeling restored, rested and ready for whatever adventures come next!



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