What is Skyterra Embrace?
Skyterra Embrace is an individualized wellness program to help young adult women ages 18 to 29 find independence. Under the caring, informed guidance of professionals, students learn to manage stress, cultivate resilience, and prepare to take on all of life’s responsibilities.
Through outdoor activities, lectures, constant movement, mindfulness, meditation and breathwork, students connect to themselves and nature. Students participate in private therapy and coaching, group therapy and discussion, structured classes, community service, and hands-on integration of healthy life skills.
Before arriving to Embrace, students discuss their personal goals and needs with our staff and a personalized schedule is made for the student.
What is the mission of Embrace?
The mission of Embrace is to empower young women to live healthy and valued lives through active and committed transformation.
What is the environment like at Embrace?
The 12-acre campus consists of walking trails, a kitchen, dining area, bedrooms and living spaces, apartments, a sun deck, balconies with expansive mountain views, a community room, yoga yurt, and a gym space. We limit the amount of students to keep the program small and to allow for individual attention.
The location is separated from social pressures and distractions. Peace and serenity is found through engagement in nature. Whenever weather allows it, we hold sports and fitness classes outdoors. We hold classes indoors during cold and inclement weather.
Here in the mountains, we enjoy the favorable weather for much of the year. The summers are much cooler and less humid than the rest of the south. We do see low temperatures and snow during the winter, but the season is relatively short.
What is the weather like?
Embrace is located in Brevard in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. In Brevard, the summers are warm, the winters are cool, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 83°F and is rarely below 15°F or above 89°F.
Where is Embrace?
Embrace is located at 925 Pine Shore Drive, Brevard, NC 28712, one hour from Asheville, on a serene campus. Our unique location enables a full array of breathtaking outdoor activities nearly year-round.
Are staff at Embrace licensed?
The expert team at Embrace has more than 30 years of therapeutic program experience specializing in the transition to adulthood.
The Executive Director of Embrace holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). The Clinical Director of Embrace is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a certified yoga instructor.
Is Embrace open year round, over the winter and during the holidays?
Yes, we are open year round, even through the major holidays. We incorporate special seasonal, festive programming.
What should I bring?
Personal toiletries, sun block/sunglasses, insect repellant, athletic shoes for indoor workouts, outdoor shoes (hiking shoes, boots, or sandals) that can get wet/muddy, plenty of comfortable/activewear, rain jacket, hat and gloves during the winter, and a mid-weight jacket. We provide housing, meals/snacks, and laundry facilities. For a printable packing list, click here.
What kind of students come to Embrace?
A wide variety of young women ages 18 to 29 have benefited from the Embrace program. Students of different fitness levels, mental, and emotional health have attended. We have helped everyone from students living at home, single mothers in between employment, students living independently that are taking a gap year from school and more.
Students who are struggling with depression and anxiety, looking to gain life skills and healthy habits, trying to find purpose, exhibiting low self-confidence, lacking direction, etc. are welcome. This is a safe, secure, and welcome environment where staff members provide personalized attention and guidance for the areas where students need help.
What kind of issues does the Embrace program help with?
The Embrace program is designed to jump-start new habits and help students launch into a healthy, fulfilling life. Students come to Embrace seeking help for many issues including, but not limited to:
- Family-related stress management
- Recovery from a traumatic past, grief/loss, illness, or life change
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Overwhelmed by life
- Lack of direction/purpose/vision/identity - uncertain about college/career/future
- Lack of life skills necessary to live independently
- Technology addiction
- Disordered eating behaviors
- Difficulty transitioning to adulthood
- Adjustment issues
- Lack of confidence/self-esteem issues
- Anger management
- Lack of social skills
- Relationship issues
- Negative life patterns
- Need a reset
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, you are not alone! Attending Embrace can help you see new possibilities for yourself and your circumstances.
Embrace is not a rehabilitation or medical facility. Student needs are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
What will my experience be like if I…
...need help managing stress?
At Embrace, you’ll learn about how stress affects your mind and body, and participate in classes that illuminate valuable stress management strategies to build resilience that you can apply long after you leave. Stress management is a pillar of the Embrace philosophy.
...have recently suffered a loss?
Our condolences on the loss of your loved one. We understand this pain and the potentially lifelong damage that grief can do to your health. Self-care is an instrumental part of unpacking those feelings, harboring resiliency, and feeling strong again. The core Embrace program will teach you the essentials of self-care.
When you are in the depths of depression, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. We do everything in our power to make it easier. When you do, you’ll experience the endorphins from working out, the relaxation and mood-lightening effects of being immersed in nature, the comfort of delicious, nourishing food, and the warm support of a caring community.
...am looking for direction?
We understand that it can be hard to find direction, which is why we have an expert team with more than 30 years of therapeutic program experience specializing in the transition to adulthood. Embrace teaches students how to plan for and live out the vision for their future. Throughout the program, there are countless opportunities to establish intention and purpose in independence. When students return to everyday life, they are able to stay focused.
We understand that life is overwhelming, which can make students feel stuck. We believe that everyone deserves to feel confident about the future. Many students feel uncertain about moving forward with college or a career. Our expert team has more than 30 years of therapeutic program experience, specializing in the transition to adulthood. Embrace teaches students how to plan for and live out the vision for their future.
...I use technology a lot?
The use of technology has many emotional effects. While we understand that many students frequently use technology, the purpose of attending the Embrace program is to learn and grow. We believe that technology can hinder growth.
We know that in today’s busy and uncertain world, students want to feel more self-aware, confident and independent. Stress from societal pressure is toxic and unavoidable. For many students, life feels overwhelming. We believe that everyone deserves to feel confident about themselves and their future. Through enjoyable fitness, students gain confidence in their bodies and appreciate the things their body does for them. New experiences and adventures at Embrace push self-perceived limitations, build confidence and show students that exercise doesn’t have to be boring.
...am self-conscious about my weight?
Many people come to Embrace wanting to lose weight. If you have been afraid to work out and unable to live your life fully because of your weight, this is the place you want to be. We know what you are feeling, and that’s why we created a place where women of all shapes and sizes would feel free to be themselves while embracing new ways to be fit and healthy. This is a judgment-free zone.
Are there physical requirements for attending Embrace?
As long as you are able to walk around on your own (even if it’s not long distances), you will be able to participate, learn and experience results. All fitness levels are welcome at Embrace. We meet you where you are and help you improve from there. A desire to learn, caring enough about yourself to give your full effort, and a willingness to try new things is all we ask.
How does the Embrace program work?
Every day, a personalized, structured schedule is in place for students. The schedule is focused on wellness: an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
Students participate in private therapy and coaching, group therapy and discussion, structured classes, community service, and hands-on integration of healthy life skills.
The pillars of Embrace are incorporated throughout the schedule and are:
- Self Care and Stress Management
- Fitness and Mobility
- Culinary and Nutrition Education
- Recreation and Adventure
- Mental and Emotional Health
- Mindfulness and Yoga
- Individual Legacy Project
- Community Service and Giving Back
Other weekly programming includes:
- Guided nature walks
- Daily breathwork and meditation sessions
- Fitness classes
- Nutrition education and meal preparation
- Stress management skill building
- Guidance on establishing sustainable positive habits
- Development of interpersonal relationship and communication skills
Is there internet access and cell phone reception?
Because of our mountain location, cell service coverage is intermittent. All students that attend Embrace enter into a technology policy in order to establish healthy boundaries and relationships with technology.
What is the recommended length of stay?
For best results from the Embrace program, we require a two-month minimum stay. Students are able to stay as long as they would like. The personalized schedule is built to accommodate the need for further investment into the student and their future.
I’ve read that the program is “all-inclusive.” What exactly does that mean?
The Embrace rate includes everything a student needs for success: all meals, accommodations, airport transportation, weekly private therapy sessions, and our full structured schedule of classes, lectures and experiences all designed to give students the confidence they deserve. The program rate covers personalized wellness programming as well as experiential and hands-on learning.
How much does the Embrace program cost?
The Embrace program rate is $500 per day plus an additional $3,000 enrollment fee that is transferable and non-refundable.
Will insurance cover the Embrace program cost?
Embrace is a private pay program, and does not receive insurance reimbursement. Our team is prepared to provide you with a superbill, which you may submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
How do I find out more about the Embrace program?
To find out more about the program, call 866-772-0267 or complete the interest form at the bottom of this page.
How do I apply for the Embrace program?
To apply for the program, call 866-772-0267 or complete the interest form at the bottom of this page.
How far in advance do I need to apply for the Embrace program?
Keep in mind that our program is small. We do reach capacity, so it is highly recommended that students apply as soon as possible. Some students apply well in advance, while others apply with more urgency.
How do I get to Embrace?
Students commonly fly to/from a nearby airport (AVL/GSP). Airport shuttles are included in the program rate at specific scheduled times only. If you prefer not to fly, you may arrange for private transport to the program through a commercial transport company. Personal vehicles are not allowed.
Which airports are closest to Embrace?
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is the closest airport to Embrace, about 45 minutes away. The Greenville/Spartanburg Regional Airport (GSP) in South Carolina is about 90 minutes away.
Is transportation cost included in the program rate?
Embrace provides a private airport shuttle to and from the Asheville (AVL) or Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) airports. However, airfare and alternative airport transportation prices are not included in the program cost.
Are there other airport options?
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) is about 2.5 hours away, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is about 3 hours away, depending on traffic. We do not offer shuttle service from Charlotte or Atlanta.
How much is family involved?
The mission of Skyterra Embrace is to empower young women to live healthy and valued lives through active and committed transformation. We believe all young people deserve the opportunity to thrive in their journey of self-discovery and launch into a fulfilling life.
Families benefit most fully when parents participate in their own wellness program through Skyterra Wellness Retreat, located about 20 minutes away. Skyterra Embrace follows a purposefully similar mission to Skyterra Wellness; healthy living and improved health can begin at any age. We invite parents to learn the skills and understand the mindset of both Skyterra and Skyterra Embrace for the support and development of a sustainable life.
While we provide structure and support to young women, we believe it is valuable to provide parents with Skyterra support through updates on the progress of their young adult in the program.
Are staff at Embrace 24/7?
Yes. The Resident Advisor resides on campus with the Embrace students. The team at Embrace will accompany students during all activities, providing encouragement and support.
Can I leave the Embrace program?
Students are to remain on the Embrace campus unless there is a scheduled off-campus excursion. Students are not permitted to leave campus alone. If a student wants to leave the program, they can, but we will do our best to challenge the student to complete the program to which they have committed.
What are the other students like?
We accept a diverse group of students. Some students struggle with anxiety and depression, some have started college but have not been able to complete their coursework for various reasons. Some never started college, and others have graduated but have not been able to launch into adulthood. No matter the situation, students and Embrace team members work together in a nurturing environment to build healthy relationships and support each other.
How do you keep your program free of mean girls and cliques?
Most students attend Embrace because they want to grow. Our therapists teach students how to process interactions with mean girls in a healthy way, whether those interactions take place at Embrace or in the future. The program does not allow disrespect. The Embrace culture and environment is highlighted by respect, integrity, compassion, and personal growth through interpersonal relationship support.
If I attend Embrace, am I being punished? Will I lose my freedom?
Embrace is not a boot camp, nor is it detention or punishment. The program is safe and supportive. Embrace is a transformational, life-changing program where you will become more confident, find independence, and improve your health. You’ll learn how to properly care for and nourish your whole self, body and soul. You’ll explore nutrition, fitness, life skills, and mental health.
How do I know if I need to attend the Embrace program?
The program is created for young women who are struggling in a variety of ways, and everyone can benefit from Embrace. The program can help young women from all backgrounds to build awareness, resilience, confidence, self-worth, clarity, and deeper connections with self and others.
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