Wilderness & Agricultural Therapy

Where Sustainable Change IS Possible!

Northwoods Ranch & Retreat is a uniquely structured residential wellness and life skills program assisting struggling young men, ages 18-28, through the combined daily responsibilities of a working ranch with outdoor adventure and physical activity.

Our program is specifically designed to mimic real world experiences while focusing equally on the expectations of adulthood as well as the importance of personal happiness.

Northwoods Ranch & Retreat is located in the scenic heart of Maine just minutes from Mt. Katahdin and Moosehead Lake, two of Maine’s premiere outdoor recreation areas.

Northwoods Ranch & Retreat is based upon the philosophy of Sustainable Life Skills through Sustainable Living™ which utilizes evidence based techniques necessary for overcoming self defeating behaviors and experiential learning essential for real world success.

Sustainable Life Skills through Sustainable Living educates students in the process of achievement through personal involvement, commitment and accountability.

Areas/Issues Our Students Stuggle With Include; 

Depression
Low Self-Esteem
Anxiety
ADD/ADHD
Addiction/Abuse (Alcohol/Drugs)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Lack of Respect
Failure to Launch

Academic Challenges
Socially Isolated
Asperger/Autism Spectrum
Lack of Motivation
Bipolar Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Gaming/Computer Addiction
Adoption/Attachment Issues
Co-Occuring Issues
Grief/Loss
Poor Judgment
Anger Management
Family Conflict
Body Image Issues
Theft/Stealing
Compulsive Behaviors

“Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you’ll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is not growth on the top of a mountain. Sure, the view is great, but what’s a view for? A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination – our next target. But to hit that target, we must come off the mountain, go through the valley, and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak”

~Andy Andrews, The Noticer: Sometimes All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective