An Outback Wilderness Therapy Experience is not entirely without sanctuary, however. Because of the physical and psychological effort expended during an Outback expedition, our students retreat to a collection of wall tents heated with wood-burning stoves to recharge. This is Basecamp. These three-day layovers allow students to restock on food and supplies and receive medical check-ups. Most importantly — this is where bodies and minds are rejuvenated. Basecamp consists of three tents. Each tent performs a specific set of functions, which are essential to the therapy program.
This tent’s function is pretty self-explanatory. It provides a place for students to sleep. It also houses and protects gear from the elements while not being used.
“EATING AND MEETING” TENT
This is a larger wall tent in which students enjoy family-style meals cooked in Dutch ovens. This space provides a classroom-style setting with chairs and whiteboards for intensive, half-day clinical workshops. This tent is also used for activities such as meditation, art projects, and movement exercises.
This is the smallest tent in Basecamp. It only needs to fit a wood burning stove and shower supplies. The Shower Tent also has a raised floor. Few things are more rejuvenating after a few days in the wilderness than a hot shower in a warm tent.