Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) April 21, 2016
Brookhaven Retreat® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with emotional and mental health challenges and/or substance abuse issues, hosted a therapeutic outing to Knoxville’s 17th annual Earthfest at the World’s Fair Park performance lawn in downtown Knoxville, followed by a stop at Hobby Lobby to purchase art supplies on April 16.
EarthFest has become East Tennessee’s premier Earth Day event with live music and more than 60 exhibitors and attractions designed to promote environmental awareness and provide opportunities for individuals to reduce their environmental footprint.
Clients enjoyed the day as experiential therapy, which aligns with Brookhaven Retreat’s mission to help clients recover from mental health and addiction issues. As part of The Lily Program®, clients learn how to develop a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle by balancing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs for a successful life and a sustained recovery.
“The women who come here collect a whole new set of tools to give them the courage and competence to be true to themselves by being the best they can be,” says Brookhaven Retreat founder, Jacqueline Dawes. “Taking these new tools out into the world and using them is an important part of recovery.”
Outings to local educational events offer the added opportunity to learn about Tennessee, a panorama of outdoor delights including trails, waterfalls, bluffs and river gorges, and its rich historic culture.
According to PsyBlog, spending more time outdoors and connecting with nature can help you feel more alive and experience improved health and happiness in general. Studies show that surrounding yourself with outdoor beauty boosts creativity by 50 percent, reduces acute stress, eases symptoms of dementia, and improves memory, self-esteem and ADHD symptoms.
“Beyond the beautiful grounds of Brookhaven Retreat, the state of Tennessee has no shortage of picturesque landscape that make it a feast for the eyes and healing for the soul,” Dawes adds. “Being out in nature is wonderful for depression and anxiety, and there’s nothing quite like the fresh mountain air. It’s rejuvenating.”
Clients purchased art supplies at Hobby Lobby to use during art therapy, also standard in The Lily Program, where all aspects of self are explored and exercised.
About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.