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 holistic wellness 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 holistic wellness 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.
Structured Residential Program Individualized for Young Adults
Skyterra Embrace helps young people ages 18 to 29 who deal with various challenges in their journey of becoming independent. As a residential program, students are surrounded by a community that cares for them, teaches them, and challenges them. Our trusted experts teach students various tools they can use to become more productive and confident individuals. Students learn to communicate effectively within a supportive environment. Residential experiences offer an environment that is different from what students are used to where they must make their own choices and understand consequences.
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 holistic 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:
- Self Care and Stress Management
- Fitness and Mobility
- Culinary Education
- Recreation and Adventure
- Yoga and Mindfulness
- Legacy Project.
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 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.
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:
- 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.
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 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.
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 are ready to leave our 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 at Embrace.
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