Hilo, HI (PRWEB) January 23, 2013
Pacific Quest is respected in the outdoor therapy industry for promoting the restorative benefits of an integrative therapeutic gardening program in Hawaii. Recently, Horticultural Therapy Director, Travis Slagle, was interviewed on the Progressive Radio Network “iEat Green with Bhavani.” During the interview, Mr. Slagle provided examples of how working in a garden has helped the students referred to Pacific Quest to develop healthier ways of coping with anxiety and depression. Mr. Slagle discussed the emphasis at Pacific Quest to “place the client in a care-giving role,” as he said. The conversation ranged from topics about recent research studies in horticultural therapy, child development, and Pacific Quest’s proprietary Sustainable GrowthTM treatment model that integrates naturopathic medicine, rites-of-passage, and best practices in clinical psychology and family therapy.
As the proclaimed “Garden Guru” at Pacific Quest, Travis Slagle has been working with “at-risk teens” in outdoor therapeutic programs for over a decade. Bhavani stated, “I first heard of Travis from a friend who sent their daughter to Pacific Quest. She kept referring to him as the Garden Guru, which is the endearing name he has been given by the kids that go there.” The positive testimonials from families that enroll their child at Pacific Quest continue to generate national attention.
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.