Wilderness Connect Group


To provide a safe healthy space for wilderness therapy graduates, who are 18+ years old, to actively connect and support other individuals who have been through wilderness therapy programs and continue to integrate wilderness experiences into current life situations.

The purpose of this group is to provide a space for graduates to remember they are not alone in their journey to integrate the skills they learned in the sanctity of wilderness into their current stage of life. The group’s focus is on positive connection through discussion around personal experiences, wellness, and positive life skills integration.

The group is led by Mackenzie Keefe (Kenzie), a University of New Hampshire MSW, MS graduate student. Prior to graduate school, Kenzie worked at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy for 5 ½ years as a Field Manager and Psychiatric Assistant. In September 2019, she joined STLF as an intern to serve as a direct link to the most recent developments in the field of wilderness therapy.

Kenzie will plan, attend, and facilitate each group meeting. (Other individuals may become leaders as time progresses.) The leader’s role in groups is to provide structure and consistency in each group by opening groups with established group consistencies, introducing the topic of the week, and helping direct or redirect conversation to be productive and supportive by guiding the group consistencies.

The group will meet every week, alternating between Tuesday and Sunday evenings. The first few meetings will include time for introductions, some story sharing, and laying a framework for a safe and productive space. Meetings are held via Zoom. You may download Zoom for free at https://zoom.us/ and use it on your computer or smartphone.

If you are interested in learning more about this group, please contact Kenzie at ConnectGroup@stlfgives.org.