An individualized program to help young women move forward
Find independence • Become more confident • Improve your health
A therapeutic wellness 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.
How to Help a Young Adult with Independent Living
What Does Independent Living Look Like for Young Adults?
Generally speaking, young adults who have the skills needed to lead happy and successful lives have accomplished independent living. Specifically, independent living means not being dependent on anyone else. Often, independently living young adults know how to:
- Do laundry
- 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
What happens after high school or college?
Upon graduating high school and/or college, many young people successfully transition to living independently and launch into a fulfilling life. They thrive in their own skin, have direction, take advantage of opportunities and are able to manage their stress well. On the other hand, some young people enter their late twenties without these necessary skills and healthy habits. The parents and families of this group often wonder how long their loved one will continue to live with their families, lack a career and/or struggle to maintain healthy relationships with others.
Pillars of our 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
Nutrition and fitness
Embrace helps women ages 18 to 29 understand all areas of wellness. Students who have not been able to transition into independent living and lack independent living skills find supportive services and skills training through the Skyterra Embrace program. We 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 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.
Personalized planning with our experts
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 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 Skyterra to everyday life.
Legacy Project overview
The Legacy Project is an intentional focus on letting go of old struggles while introducing and implementing newfound strengths and capabilities. It is an experience and a challenge, a rite of passage in the transformation toward independence. The project allows students to lay plans that drive them to achieve their goals and live their best life. Each Legacy Project is individual and self-selected. Students brainstorm, create and develop a project or activity that represents their transformation and growth. It is created through exploring, preparing and sharing new learned skills. Each Embrace student receives a Legacy Journal, which includes purposeful space for exploration, brainstorming and habit tracking.
Legacy Project options
The Legacy Project is integrated into the Embrace program from day 1 and continues to build throughout the stay and beyond. Regular group accountability circles allow students to reflect on goals, progress and obstacles experienced during the week, and to explore Legacy Projects with peers to gather insights. Examples of Legacy Projects include self-care plans, group fitness instruction, race completion, meal plan and preparation, recipe box, documentary creation, wilderness adventure and expedition creation, Embrace campus visual creation, yoga and mindfulness space creation and career preparation.
Focus on health and wellness
Young adult transition is vital yet students often do not know where to start, lack direction, struggle with identity, need structure and do not have the ability to take responsibility for their lives. 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. Many independent living programs for young adults provide help for transitional independent living, but Embrace is unique.
We understand that it can be hard for students to find their way. We understand how difficult life can be. It is easy to hold onto emotional baggage and miss out on the opportunity to explore identity and have the freedom to live intentionally. Embrace teaches students to take back their life so they can grow and develop the skills needed to reach their full potential. Our independent living program provides a safe, structured environment where students are challenged to navigate their past and present circumstances. Students work with trusted professionals to develop the communication and interpersonal relationship skills needed to successfully integrate into mainstream society. Everyone deserves to feel on track. Embrace students explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so that they feel better, experience better, see better, and expect better. With our small group sizes, students receive individualized attention and learn how to live out the vision for their future.
Opportunity in 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 them 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.
Supportive learning environment
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. 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 will 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 that 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.
Outcomes for the young adult
An important outcome of the Embrace 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 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 at Skytera Embrace.
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