An individualized program to help young women move forward
Find independence • Become more confident • Improve your health
Are you ready to move forward and become more confident?
Our experts help you find your path in life.
Our wellness program is small and intimate
Here, you're not just a number. You are our honored student.
Gain confidence, find purpose, live the life you were meant to live
Informed by the latest research, Skyterra Embrace is a therapeutic program designed to help young adults become the heroes of their stories. At Embrace, you will learn confidence-boosting tools and strategies you can apply immediately in daily practice as you explore nutrition, fitness, life skills, and mental health. Our program includes:
No matter where you are on your journey, you'll be well supported and never judged.
What our students are saying
The expert team at Skyterra Embrace has more than 30 years of therapeutic program experience specializing in the transition to adulthood. Embrace is part of Skyterra Wellness Retreat, which has already earned several accolades since its opening in 2016, including being named as USA Today’s top three wellness retreats in the country for the past three years.
After Embrace, Libby feels strong, confident
Embrace nourished Margaret's body, mind and soul
“When I came to Skyterra I honestly had zero expectations. My mom made all the phone calls and I just showed up. I lost the love of my life. I wanted to live but I didn’t know how. I said I would give Skyterra a chance, but would leave if I didn’t like it. I stayed for 28 days.
My first day, [Embrace Executive Director] Greg asked me what I wanted out of the Embrace experience and most importantly he asked me what I needed.
Every day he asked me: What do you need right now Margaret?
The question rattled me every time. With the weight of the past and the responsibilities of the future, how could I think about me?
I’ve been in programs before, but this concept is unique to the Embrace program. How can I nourish myself, body and soul? Who do I want to be? How can I achieve that? How do I feel gratitude for every day, good and bad?
I’m not going to lie and say that I’m 100 percent fixed because that will never happen. However I’ve started the process of gluing myself back together. I have a vision for my future and I have the tools to achieve that.
Even under tragic circumstances, I’m grateful for my time at Skyterra. I’m grateful for every day now. I will embrace myself, the ones I love, and most importantly I will embrace life.
How to get started:
At Skyterra Embrace we know that you want to be independent. In order to do that, you need to reset. The problem is life is overwhelming, which makes you feel stuck.
We believe everyone deserves to feel confident. We understand 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.
Here's how to do it:
You deserve to feel confident
What is Embrace?
Embrace is a therapeutic program designed to help young adults become the heroes of their stories. Embrace challenges the ways in which young women have been held back from opportunity and achievement as a result of not knowing how to apply an active role in their lives.
Embrace helps women ages 18-29 increase their confidence in and understanding of all areas of wellness, and arms them with a long-term commitment to themselves. The long-term outcome is that students change their life forever by joining Embrace.
As an Embrace student, you'll establish intention and purpose in independence through private therapy and coaching, structured classes, and hands-on integration of healthy life skills.
Your future is our mission.
Embrace is a specialized program for young women that focuses on total body, mind and lifestyle. We want our young women to move well, eat nourishing foods, and embrace adulthood with a healthy mind, body and spirit. Embrace students focus on improving health, and on learning techniques and strategies to improve their quality of life for the long run.
Our view of health and wellness emphasizes managing stress, consistent movement, and eating balanced meals, plus plenty of nature and adventure. As an Embrace student, you'll cultivate resiliency by learning the most nourishing and enjoyable ways to cook, eat, move, and take care of yourself. This empowers and prepares you to take on all of life's responsibilities.
Young Adult Anxiety Camp in the Western North Carolina Mountains
As teens transition to become young adults, they experience more pressure than ever before. Pressure from families, peers, teachers, and self-imposed create unrealistic expectations that lead to overwhelming anxiety. Societal pressures include being successful, married, a homeowner, looking a certain way, getting a degree, taking a specific career path, fitting in, doing what is expected and being perfect to fit an ideal stereotype. No matter what choices young adults make, many feel that they are not enough. They experience anxiety because of all of the pressure and unrealistic expectations that they are expected to meet.
Pause, breathe, reflect
Skyterra Embrace is a program for young adults ages 18 to 29 where experienced professionals guide students as they work to identify triggers of anxiety. Through experiential learning in a new, unfamiliar environment, students must face discomfort and anxiety. Skyterra is a safe place where students are supported by their peers and our experts. While students naturally cling to comfort, isolate themselves and avoid experiences that create anxiety, Embrace teaches them to pause, breathe and reflect. Embrace students work to identify their strengths and work on their weaknesses. They are challenged through experiences and create trust through exposure. Developing social skills can help students learn to identify their wants and needs, then effectively advocate for themselves without being overwhelmed by anxiety. Our trusted experts work to help students reduce social anxiety through applying healthy coping skills.
Get back on track
Some students begin to experience anxiety in high school while others have difficulty throughout life. As young adults enter their late twenties, many parents become concerned that their child will not be able to become a contributing member of society. Parents who have seen their child struggle with anxiety desire to help them get back on track and gain confidence. Emotional and behavioral issues can stem from anxiety disorder. While behavioral therapy helps many students with mental health issues, the Skyterra Embrace program also teaches real life skills including:
- Fitness and nutrition
- Communication skills
- Social skills development
- Experiential learning
- Life skills
- Finding confidence and voice
- Individual and group therapy
- Goal development
- Supportive community
- Finding direction
- Developing trust
- Time management skills
- Coping skills
- Identifying needs and wants
- Appropriate response
- Support and coaching.
Participate in genuine community
We believe that student participation in the Skyterra Embrace program is critical. Our staff works to build trusting relationships with each student, addressing their individual needs. We provide the support and coaching students need as they work to make decisions, solve problems and become healthy members of society. The Embrace program is highly structured yet allows each student to be real, participate in genuine community and learn to advocate for themselves. Students often recognize that anxiety is hindering them from launching into a fulfilling life. They see peers thriving with purpose and direction but do not know where to start. Students feel that there are too many barriers that are out of their control and are too overwhelmed to take the first step. Embrace students learn to see that their present circumstances are not permanent and gain the confidence to set goals.
Pillars of the Embrace program
Important factors related to young adult independent living include career and academics, personal growth, interpersonal relationships, physical health, nutrition and overall wellness. These factors are intimately interconnected, causing many students to have difficulty in all areas. Skyterra Embrace is a therapeutic program that uses the latest research in nutrition, fitness, life skills, and mental health. No matter where students are on their journey, they will be well supported and never judged. The pillars of the Skyterra Embrace program include:
- Self Care and Stress Management
- Fitness and Mobility
- Culinary Education
- Recreation and Adventure
- Yoga and Mindfulness
- Legacy Project
Vision for the future
The professionals at Skyterra Embrace have more than 30 years of therapeutic program experience, specializing in the transition to adulthood. Before a student attends Embrace, our experts will meet with students to determine their personal goals and needs, then create a personalized schedule just for them. The Embrace program teaches students how to plan for and live out the vision for their future, creating a smooth transition from Embrace to everyday life, with healthy coping skills for anxiety factored in.
Nutrition and fitness emphasis
We also offer a chef-guided dining experience, which allows for nutrition and food preparation independence from day 1. The dining experience includes a teaching kitchen where students will develop culinary skills and create meals for themselves and others. We want our young women to overcome anxiety so that they feel free to move well, eat nourishing foods and embrace adulthood with a healthy mind, body and spirit. The Embrace program offers a wide array of yoga, fitness, recreation and education classes to bolster the health and wellness journey of our students.
Explore nature through adventure
Located in Western North Carolina and nestled deep in the mountains, Embrace connects students with nature, helping them to unplug and reconnect with the outdoors. Expert-guided fitness, mindfulness and recreational activities and opportunities include daily fitness and mobility classes as well as recreation and adventure excursions like hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, archery, horseback riding, kayaking, tubing, stand-up paddleboarding, nature education, gardening, and more. Adventure helps students thrive, bringing excitement and teaching students how much they are capable of achieving. The natural world of fresh air and sunlight can heal the soul through mindfulness and reflection.
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Skyterra Embrace operates year-round and application for admission may take place at any time.