Experience life at Mirasol by accompanying us as we explore challenges of high ropes courses, camping, caving and cooking together.
Caving Grace: Learning to Trust the Process
Adventure therapy is an integral part of Mirasol's residential eating disorder treatment program, including hiking, camping, and also caving!
Mirasol Clinical Director Diane Ryan thinks it's a great metaphor for treatment. "This is a place where we really have to help one another," says Ryan. "It drives home that message about depending on one another in a really healthy way."
Meals at Mirasol: No Taboos, Lots of Challenges
Mirasol's nutrition philosophy has evolved over the years, based on feedback from former clients about what worked best for them after treatment.
Meals plans are highly individualized and based on the client's weight goals. Our goal is to equip clients with the skills they need to develop their own meal plans so they can feel safe eating in different situations and live lives free of eating disorders.
Challenge Course Helps Heal Family Relationships
As part of Mirasol's family program, both clients and their families participate in high ropes challenge courses, including zip lines, high "V” and giant ladders.
"Adding the challenge course has created a whole different dimension. Families often tell us that it was the highlight of the program. It helps them feel connected and learn to communicate in a different way. So it really does what we want family program to do, which is put them in a place where they will have a whole different relationship going forward.”
Cooking with Robert
Mirasol Chef Robert Kuzyk believes in maintaining an open kitchen, encouraging clients to repair their relationships with food by becoming more involved in the process of creating it.
"The first step is getting them to trust me," says Kuzyk, "and then walking them through the process of preparing the food, so that they realize that what they're getting is nutritional, healthy food that also fits into their meal plans.
Polarity therapy is a holistic, energy-based system that includes bodywork, diet, exercise, and lifestyle counseling for the purpose of restoring and maintaining proper energy flows throughout the body. The underlying concept of polarity therapy is that all energy within the human body is based in electromagnetic force and that disease results from improperly dissipated energy.