Youth Intervention and Substance Abuse Prevention • Christian Wilderness Treatment Program

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matt 11:28-29 (NIV)

Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions

Youth Intervention and Substance Abuse Wilderness Treatment Program

TLCWE is a licensed 21 to 60 day professionally guided Christian wilderness expedition program designed to help troubled youth build values that are important in order to lead successful lives. Desiring to reflect Jesus Christ in all that we do, our enthusiastic seasoned staff uses biblical truth, modeling, and personal experience to teach about God's transforming power.

Benefitting youth and families with positive, challenging experiences that transform lives. 


TLCWE is for youth, adults, and families dealing with defiance, alcohol and drug use and experimentation, entitlement, issues of faith, attention disorders, behavioral issues, self-esteem, anxiety and depression, anger or other destructive issues. Teamwork, leadership training and personal recreation skills are offered to those who may be struggling or seeking positive challenges to benefit themselves, their family, and their community.

Our program begins with an assessment of individual needs and strengths. This includes a multi dimensional interview. The admissions and discharge criteria are based upon a 6 dimensional assessment to determine placement, continued stay and discharge to other levels of care.

Program methods include Individual, Group, and Family therapy. We use a Multi-Disciplinary team for individualized treatment planning.

Tree of Life Wilderness Expeditions is a 501(c)3 non profit Christian outdoor wilderness program offering counseling, mentoring, health education and life skills in a positive and challenging guided wilderness environment.  Our program is certified as Oregon Outfitter/Guides through the Oregon State Marine Board.


What kind of activities do we offer?

education, drug counseling, spiritual discipleshipAmong other things, we provide recreation and education in

  • Backpacking
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Health Education
  • Team Building
  • White Water Rafting and
  • Rock Climbing. 

We also offer Experimental Education and Group Processing.

Wilderness/activity/recreation is a method of challenging individuals through experiential education. Education groups as well as process groups are regular services we offer.

Our wilderness experiences provide real life situations in which Christianity is not merely talked about, but also lived out as we travel, live and work together.  Relationship skills, cooperation and problem solving are used to work out daily challenges in God's awesome creation.

Our staff believes the best therapy is relational and are therefore dedicated to building strong relationship bonds, going beyond the wilderness experience to incorporate healthy relationships to families and communities.

Tree of Life provides young people, between the age of thirteen and eighteen, with positive opportunities to explore and discover a thriving God-honoring lifestyle.

Tree of Life staff designs programs that utilize individual, group and family counseling services. Transforming lives, healing and restoration are at the heart of the matter. At Tree of Life, Christian discipleship is our goal; the wilderness challenge is our means.


Why a wilderness program?

Simply put, Tree of Life uses the wilderness experience, as Jesus often did, as a catalyst to expose youth to the "reality" of their own need to purposely pursue a right relationship with God. Wilderness experiences are proven to effectively remove the "props" and "masks" defining our youth in today's culture.

Using "masks" to impress self and others, or hiding from self and others, doesn't fit in the wilderness. By separating youth from the physical comforts and familiarity of home, the wilderness experience will generate very unique dynamics providing for "teachable moments" which allow for Christian discipleship.

Teamwork, fellowship, accountability, challenge.

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Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions operates in association with the following organizations

Christian Adventure AssociationNAADAC: National Association for Addiction Professionals
Oregon State Marine BoardOregon Department of Human Services

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