Wilderness & Agricultural Therapy

Northwoods Ranch & Retreat is a uniquely structured, residential wellness and life skills program assisting struggling young men, ages 18-28 years old. We do this by combining daily responsibilities of a working ranch with outdoor adventure activities. Our program is specifically designed to mimic real world experiences, focusing equally on the expectations of adulthood as well as the importance of personal happiness. We are 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 on 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 via personal involvement, commitment, and accountability.

Student profile:

Depression Academic Challenges Co-Occuring Issues
Low Self-Esteem Socially Isolated Grief/Loss
Anxiety Asperger/Autism Spectrum Poor Judgement
ADD/ADHD Lack of Motivation Anger Management
Addiction/Abuse (Alcohol/Drugs) Bipolar Disorder Family Conflict
Oppositional Defiant Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Body Image Issues
Lack of Respect Gaming/Computer Addiction Theft/Stealing
Failure to Launch Adoption/Attachment Issues 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