Hilo, HI (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
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. When asked for comment, Executive Director Mike McKinney stated, “We had a vision to create a controlled and safe outdoor environment where students could experience, practice and develop new ideas and skills to improve their quality of life.” 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, metaphors and congruency to support the foundation for the Pacific Quest program. McKinney stated, “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 perfect fit for adolescents and young adults in need of mental health services and independent living skills.
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.