Pacific Quest Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

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Pacific Quest is celebrating its ten year anniversary as one of the premier Outdoor Therapy programs for adolescents and young adults. With its proprietary Sustainable Growth treatment model, Pacific Quest is forging a new direction for mental health services by integrating naturopathic medicine, horticultural therapy, rites-of-passage, and best practices in clinical psychology and family therapy.

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Now in our 10th year, I give thanks for the growth and success of this amazing program, and for all the staff, families and children who have made it possible.

As an innovative wilderness therapy program located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Pacific Quest was founded in 2004 by Mike and Suzanne McKinney and Chris Kaiser in an effort to provide a different approach to traditional outdoor programs for troubled teens. Suzanne McKinney comments, “We wanted a place with a family-based culture and an incredibly welcoming environment; a place where children could heal themselves safely and powerfully.”

The founders of Pacific Quest built a rural campus on seven acres of pristine farmland, and quickly discovered how organic gardening and traditional Hawaiian sustainable agriculture provided the focus, depth and meaningful activities to support the foundation for the Pacific Quest program. McKinney adds, “We have created a unique place that inspires and enables struggling teens and young adults to realize their full potential; a place that offers young people and their families hope, unconditional support, and a chance for a new life.”

In 2011, Pacific Quest was named the Big Island’s top small business by the Small Business Administration and was recognized for job creation, growth in annual revenue, innovation, staying power and contributions to the community. Noted for their respectful approach, creative programming, clinical expertise and inspiring setting, Pacific Quest outdoor therapy program provides a great fit for adolescents and young adults in need of mental health services and independent living skills. McKinney further adds, “I am overwhelmed by the hard work and dedication so many have put into Pacific Quest. Now in our 10th year, I give thanks for the growth and success of this amazing program, and for all the staff, families and children who have made it possible.”

About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their wilderness programs offer a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, going beyond traditional wilderness therapy and teaching sustainable life skills. Pacific Quest’s proprietary therapeutic model is a groundbreaking approach that uses organic gardening to create concrete metaphors for its students as they cultivate their own health and happiness. Pacific Quest provides an environment that allows for a true discovery process for its students, a place that is safe, structured, experiential and natural. Owned and operated by a veteran team of professionals with hundreds of years of combined wilderness program experience, Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to treatment that is individualized for each student.

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