Over the past thirty years, I have worked with thousands of people through counseling, seminars, workshops, and wilderness experiences. During this time, I have observed a common denominator affecting the lives of most all people, both young and old. The situation being that we are raised and coerced into living under someone else's conditions, judgements, and expectations.
Research has shown that we are much more deeply affected by what we are told that we are, than what we are told to do. In reference to John Bradshaw's contribution to understanding society, he believes that 98% of us are violated in some way. If not physically or sexually, we are violated by not being allowed to express human emotion.
These conditions became very clear to me, especially in my work with young people over the years. I have found that the most troubled and hurt youth were the most intelligent, the most sensitive and the most creative, free thinking individuals in our society. They rebel against authority and have very fragile self esteem.
Conventional schooling bores them. Clinical therapy only seems to lower their feelings of self worth and dissect them into pieces of their personality.
Twelve years ago we developed the Northlight Youth Program in an effort to help young people find themselves and correct destructive paths of behavior.
Private counsel is conducted with a minimum of "threat of authority", creating true trust and friendship with a client. My methodology also still maintains a professional detachment for control without control if needed.
Rebirth therapy is used privately and on a group level. This intensive program works in the discovery of deep emotional issues and behavioral patterns, without the fear of clinical hypnosis.
Even on a minimal level of success, rebirthing brings to clients a powerful release of stress and an effective method of managing reaction to anger, and other fear based emotions.
The Sweatlodges that we conduct with our program, intensely enhance the rebirthing process while bringing to the clients a deep physical cleansing of body toxins. The sweat process has proven to be of great assistance in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
Our safe Ropes Course was designed especially for youth to assist them in interaction with others. The methodology used teaches communication and teamwork. On a personal level, clients relearn to trust themselves and others. They also learn boundaries of trust, and the principle of self responsibility in interaction with society.
THE NORTHLIGHT YOUTH PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE IN RE-ALIGNING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH PARENTS, AUTHORITY, AND SOCIETY.
Communication gaps are narrowed or closed through understanding and expressing human emotions without fear. Behavioral problems are solved and emotions healed by reaching and understanding the deep seated cause, rather that by treating symptoms.
Each and every person is different, perceiving and reacting to life's experiences in an individual way. For a program to be reasonably successful, it must address these conditions and be effective on an individual as well as a group level.
Our process to principle program has successfully reached people of all ages and backgrounds. As well as being very powerful, the Northlight program is pleasant, enjoyable and exciting.
The location where our Youth Retreats are conducted enhances the experience and processes. For more information on that location please click back to Native Retreats.
For more information on participating with a Youth Retreat, please contact Roger Clark by phone.