What is Skyterra Embrace?
Skyterra Embrace is an individualized wellness program to help young adult women find tools to help them reach their goals. 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 finding a balanced routine in outdoor activities, movement, mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, and opportunities to learn, students connect to themselves and nature. Students participate in private therapy, group therapy and discussion, structured classes, community service, and hands-on integration of healthy life skills. In addition, students are offered weekly private fitness and nutrition sessions to ensure that they have a clear plan of how to take care of themselves at home.
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?
Embrace’s campus is separated from social pressures and distractions. Nestled in the beauty of western North Carolina, our students find peace and serenity. Students attend Embrace because they want to grow. Along with an inviting campus, we offer an environment full of support. Whether through morning and evening community discussions and events or the ability to navigate tricky group dynamics alongside your therapist, we maintain a healthy environment for our students to focus on themselves. The program does not allow disrespect. The Embrace culture and environment is highlighted by respect, integrity, compassion, and personal growth through interpersonal relationship support.
What does our treehouse on the hill have to offer?
The 12-acre campus consists of untouched forests, 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. Here in the mountains, we enjoy the favorable weather for much of the year. For that reason, several of our classes and activities are designed to create a choice for outdoor experience.
What is the weather like?
We are lucky to be located in the land of waterfalls. Living in a temperate rainforest means that the summers are much cooler and less humid than what you may expect. Don’t let the word rainforest scare you, the rain is predictable and our schedules are designed to accommodate weather changes. We do see low temperatures and occasional snow during the winter, but the season is relatively short. 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.
Our Registered Dietitian is licensed by the state of North Carolina, has five years of experience and holds a Masters in Health Science.
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 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:
- Academic underachievement
- Adjustment problems
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Family conflict/discord
- Failure To Launch
- Grief and loss
- Identity issues
- Lack of confidence
- Lack of motivation
- Learning differences
- Poor self-image
- Poor social skills
- Relationship issues
- Substance experimentation/abuse
- Technology addiction.
- Unhealthy relationship with food and/or fitness
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?
Grief and loss can be debilitating. Within the support of a caring community, students have space to unpack their feelings, process the loss, and move toward healing.Students have honored the relationship with their loved one through sharing memories, celebrating traditions, and creating ceremonies at milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries.
When you are in the depths of depression, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. At Embrace, you will explore the thought patterns and emotions that lead to decreased motivation, and learn strategies to manage the symptoms of depression. You’ll experience the endorphins from working out, the regulating effects of being immersed in nature, and the confidence of mastering new skills. The core Embrace program will teach you the essentials of self-care and stress management.
...am looking for direction?
There is so much pressure for young adults to know their passion. At Embrace, we teach students how to plan the vision for their future. Through specific life skill classes we navigate hobbies, community involvement, college and career readiness to ensure that our students move forward on a path that is true to them. 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 even the smallest steps forward can catapult you into a thriving life. Many students feel uncertain about moving forward with college or a career others struggle with moving forward in their day-to-day routine. Our expert team has more than 30 years of therapeutic program experience, specializing in launching students into a life where they become their favorite version of themselves. 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 life outside of Embrace may require frequent use of technology, we want to provide students with an opportunity to find balance in their technology use. The purpose of attending the Embrace program is to learn and grow and we believe that technology can hinder growth. For this reason, we have purposefully created Embrace to incorporate as little technology as possible. This allows for more time for students to connect to themselves and the community without any distractions
Confidence takes years to master. However, at Skyterra Embrace we have found that two of the biggest factors of confidence are consistency and trust. At Embrace, students are provided a schedule designed to help them start implementing healthy and consistent habits into their lifestyle from day one. Throughout the process, you will be learning different life skills and processing anything that comes up with your licensed therapist. We don’t believe that there is a best version of ourselves, but we do believe in becoming your favorite you. Let us provide you with the skills and space to become that person.
...am self-conscious about my weight?
Many women come to Embrace with body-image concerns. If you have been afraid to work out and unable to live your life fully because of your weight concerns, this is the place you want to be. We recognize the weight centric world we live in and strive to create a place that is welcoming to women of various shapes, sizes, and abilities. Our desire is to cultivate an environment that allows all women to feel free to be themselves while building connection to body, mind, and lifestyle.
Are there physical requirements for attending Embrace?
Due to the physicality of our programing, our recommendation is that you can walk 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, and a willingness to try new things is all we ask. If you have any concerns you can consult your primary care physician for their recommendations
How does the Embrace program work?
At Embrace we offer a wide range of curriculum that was designed by our licensed clinical and wellness team. 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, fitness and nutrition sessions. We provide 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
- Mindfulness and Yoga
To help ground students in their their wellness journey we incorporate community and individual projects:
- 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?
At Skyterra Embrace, the program’s intention is for students to slow down, breathe, reflect, and prepare for healthy technology use moving forward. This is accomplished by giving time to connect with yourself in new ways. You will not have access to your personal technology while enrolled with Skyterra Embrace.
What is the recommended length of stay?
The Embrace program requires a two-month minimum stay. Students are able to stay as long as they would like. The 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 individualized wellness programming as well as experiential activities and hands-on learning.
How much does the Embrace program cost?
The Embrace program rate is $12,000 per month plus an additional $1,000 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?
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. Our clinical team works with Embrace families to address family dynamics during weekly parent coaching calls. Embrace parents learn skills and strategies for parenting a young adult with social, emotional, or behavioral health challenges. Embrace therapists facilitate family therapy during the parent program, where families come together to build credibility within their relationships and solidify strategies to support the therapeutic gains the student makes during their stay at Embrace.
Are staff at Embrace 24/7?
Yes. The Residential Coordinator resides on campus with the Embrace students. The team at Embrace 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 take pride in our diverse group of students because much like life, this allows for unique connections with each community member that supports the belief that we are all on our own journey. 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 a career path. No matter the situation, students and Embrace team members work together in a nurturing environment to build healthy relationships and support one another.
How do you keep your program feeling safe for all students?
Students attend Embrace because they want to grow. Our program empowers students to use their voice to advocate for wants and needs, whether those interactions take place at Embrace or in the future. We take pride in our community as we have curated a unique, non-judgmental space, where students feel safe to do their work. Students learn and practice skills such as assertive communication, giving and receiving feedback, and addressing and resolving conflict to support relationships.
Is Embrace used as a punishment? How do I maintain my autonomy?
Embrace is not a boot camp, nor is it detention or punishment. The program is safe and supportive. If you are at Embrace, it is because you want to be here.
Autonomy is all about choice. At Embrace it is always your choice to show up ready to learn and experience the program. You’ll learn how to properly care for and nourish your whole self- body, mind, and soul. You’ll explore nutrition, fitness, life skills, and mental health that will allow you to feel more confident.
How do I know if I need to attend the Embrace program?
If you are unsure if Embrace is right for you, feel free to speak to a member of our team. Schedule a consultation today here.
Does Skyterra Embrace have a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement?
Yes! Skyterra Embrace maintains a commitment to building an inclusive program welcoming to people of all backgrounds.
Skyterra Embrace promotes an environment of respect and appreciation for race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, physical and mental ability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and socioeconomic status of all persons.
We are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of openness, trust and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors can be freely explored and discussed. We believe in a therapeutic environment and community that promotes dignity, respect, integrity, safety, equity and inclusion.
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