Embrace is a wellness retreat that helps young women reset

Our team of experts specialize in helping young adult women  achieve independence and  navigate life’s transitions

An individualized program to help young women move forward

Find a safe space to discover new habits and life skills in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Learn how to become independent under the guidance of our professional team of therapists, wellness experts and nutritionists, all while becoming part of a lifelong community that will help you live the life you want to live.

Learn the skills and mindset to finally feel better

  • Informed by the latest research, our therapeutic wellness retreat focuses on building and sustaining healthy habits like consistent movement, healthy nutrition and restorative stress management. Your daily schedule will include numerous activities such as:

Spending a Gap Year at Skyterra Embrace

Skyterra Embrace helps young women ages 18 to 29 who deal with various challenges in their journey of becoming independent. The Embrace program is designed for young women who want to build confidence and learn important life skills. Many students choose to attend during their gap year as a way to focus on wellness while being productive and having fun. 

Fewer than 20 students​​

You’ll benefit from our small size and receive the individual attention you deserve. Ages 18-29 welcome, and we’ll meet you where you are.

80+ Classes offered

During your stay you’ll have access to wide array of yoga, fitness, recreation and education classes to bolster your wellness journey.

Plan for home

At Skyterra Embrace we teach you not only how to exchange destructive habits for healthier ones, but also how to sustain your progress when you get home.

What to expect from your gap year at Skyterra Embrace

To maximize the benefits of a gap year, the program at Embrace allows guests to explore their interests and motivations in a safe environment while also teaching skills that promote self-care and discipline. Skyterra Embrace offers hands-on integration of healthy life skills including education and career planning to give guests a head start on life after their gap year.

Pillars of our program

Important factors related to young adult residential programs 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 wellness 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:

Opportunity in nature

Located in beautiful Western North Carolina, our area is ideal for recreational outings like hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, archery, horseback riding, kayaking, tubing, stand-up paddle boarding, 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. 

Transition to independent living

Individualized attention is important because students attend Skyterra Embrace with a variety of needs. While some students have common struggles, other students have unique situations that require special attention. Parents often identify that their student does not take part in age-appropriate activities or is immature in developing the ability to make decisions/choices independently as they attempt to transition into adulthood. Families know that their young adults are our future. They will be required to navigate the world, but do not possess the tools, resources and knowledge to do so. Students are often completely unaware of their present and future responsibilities, including knowing how to:

  • Budget
  • Do laundry
  • Work
  • Manage their time
  • Be hygienic 
  • Have healthy relationships
  • Participate in society
  • Maintain a good sleep schedule
  • Cook healthy meals
  • Have coping skills
  • Balance their needs and wants
  • Be physically active
  • Respond appropriately
  • Care for their overall health.

Personalized program

The confusion that comes with experiencing life can be combated. Embrace students undergo diligent and purposeful education and coaching where they are allowed the freedom to create their own future during their gap year. Personalized programming includes an hour of private therapy each week. Throughout the program, students learn how to combat the stress of life that everyone experiences. They understand that they are not the only ones who feel discomfort due to the weight of life. Together with their peers, students grow together in our structured, supported and guiding environment that allows exploration of thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Skyterra Embrace includes daily discussions and therapeutic groups filled with opportunities to explore with peers and collaborate with other young women who are also seeking opportunities to be successful and lead a purpose-driven life. Navigating life can be a daunting experience, but students are worth every step taken to improve their situation.

Gap Year outcomes for the young adult

An important outcome of the Embrace gap year program is that students can demonstrate self-sufficiency and freedom in applying tools to process, manage and experience life’s complexities. Another important outcome is that students learn the resilience and determination to stand back up when life knocks them down. Embrace students are ready to leave our gap year program with the tools needed to create sustainable change. They successfully transition into independent living, making wise decisions that help them achieve their goals and dreams. Students often come into the program unable to articulate their aspirations, but work with peers and experts to identify where they fit in the world. Embrace students cultivate resiliency by learning the most nourishing and enjoyable ways to cook, eat, move and take care of themselves. This empowers and prepares students to take on all of life’s responsibilities. Help your student become the hero of their story during their gap year at Embrace.

 

Be sure to check out our blog for more information about Skyterra Embrace and read our posts about Gap Years and Gap Semesters:

Is it finally time to put yourself first?

  • Does life feel overwhelming?
  • Are you uncertain about college and career?
  • Do you want to feel more confident?
  • Have you stopped taking care of yourself?
  • Do you need new coping skills?
  • Is it time to reclaim your life?

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. 

Still not sure? Try our free Embrace Jumpstart program at home.

Are you tired of feeling stuck? Ready to catalyze real change in your life but don’t know where to start?

Click below to start the Skyterra Embrace Jumpstart Challenge, your five-day crash course in jump-starting your journey to a healthier, more confident you!

With this FREE, inside scoop into the therapeutic wellness program at Skyterra Embrace you will recieve:

  • Instructor-led Yoga Class
  • Guided Meditation
  • Culinary Education Videos
  • Workout Routines