Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona features a wide range of therapeutic and recreational activities that are designed to offer our guests peace of mind and an enhanced sense of well-being. Each activity has a unique and longstanding connection to warrior culture and a strong track record of success. 

While many of these activities are available for our guests to participate in at all times and without supervision/support, some are only available when coordinated ahead of time for the safety and security of all guests.

Archery

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Archery is one of the original forms of weaponry and was used in battle for thousands of years. Our four-lane archery range connects to that warrior tradition while teaching guests about being present, mindful and focused. As in life, there is a target (goal), but the only way to hit it consistently is by focusing on each step of the process and ensuring that the inputs are correct and appropriate for the moment.

This activity is only available when pre-scheduled with our Guest Relations Specialist, during reservation planning.


Equine Therapy

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Winston Churchill famously said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Successfully engaging with horses requires a quiet mind, the release of fear and anxiety and open, honest interaction. Our equine therapy work focuses on connection, relationships and building self-awareness.

This activity is not available for Rest and Reconnection stays and only available during our PATHH Programs. There are horses, donkeys and steers on the property, and we ask that guests do not enter the pastures or feed the animals. We do permit guests to pet the horses from outside of the pastures with adult supervision.


The Labyrinth

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With a shape that mimics the winding path of life, Labyrinths have been used for centuries as walking meditation tools. They quiet the mind and allow guests to reflect on important questions or challenges, or simply let go of past experiences and trauma. In warrior lore, it is said that prior to battle, combatants would walk into the labyrinth reflecting on all the reasons they fight—their family, their community, their way of life. They leave their civilian uniform and concerns in the middle, exit the labyrinth, and pick up their sword and shield to head into battle. Upon return from battle, they reverse the journey, having had the opportunity to grieve those they lost and prepare for their return as civilian-warriors.

This activity is always available for self-use. For a guided experience, please pre-schedule with our Guest Relations Specialist, during reservation planning. 


Tipi

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Tipis are designed to provide shelter and protection from the elements and offer a setting for ritual, reflection and connection. Used by tribes in North America, the tipi also serves as homage to the strong warrior culture present amongst Native Americans, past and present. Our tipi is utilized as a place for ritual, quiet reflection and spiritual connectedness to the earth and to others. 

This activity is always available for self-use.


Culinary Therapy

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Cooking can be a meditative and soothing activity that requires both focus and presence. It brings people together and fosters a sense of fellowship and teamwork. Given the critical role that nutrition plays in wellness, it is also important to have an understanding of what goes into our food and how to prepare delicious, healthful meals. An organic garden just steps away from our kitchen gives our guests an immersive farm-to-table experience and practical take-home knowledge and skills.  

This activity is always available for self-use. For a guided experience, please pre-schedule with our Guest Relations Specialist, during reservation planning. 


Fishing

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Fishing is a calming, relaxing and fun activity offered at Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona's stocked pond and at nearby Patagonia Lake*. Allowing guests to get to know one another in a peaceful and natural setting, fishing provides time for reflection, develops patience and helps relieve stress on the mind and body.

This activity is always available. Fishing poles and a tackle box are located in each lodging facility.

* Arizona Fishing License required at Patagonia Lake.


Hiking

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Physical exercise and time in nature are important and proven therapeutic tools. Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona guests are able to experience both through our on-site nature trail and our close proximity to the Arizona Trail; home to some of the nation’s best hikes. Hiking offers a powerful metaphor for life by encouraging people to be mindful of their surroundings and appreciate each step of the journey. 

This activity is always available for self-led excursions. For a guided experience, please pre-schedule with our Guest Relations Specialist, during reservation planning. 


Music

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Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music has a special power—it brings people together, it transports us back in time, it fuels us. Music is utilized at Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona as a mechanism to build bridges, open the minds and hearts of our participants and provide a soundtrack for life. 

We have many instruments available for your use during your stay. Please pre-schedule with our Guest Relations Specialist, during your reservation process.


Journaling

Research supports the value of writing for enhancing well-being, understanding our experiences and expressing feelings and emotions. As part of the healing and wellness process, journaling can be a powerful tool that allows for deeply personal and private expression.


TRX

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Boulder Crest has partnered with leading training experts at TRX to integrate TRX suspension trainer workouts into our breakthrough Warrior PATHH program. TRX workouts are a potent reminder about how much further we can push ourselves than we imagine and are a critical aspect of cultivating physical wellness practices that clear the mind and energize the body and spirit.

This activity is always available. For access to the gym, please ask our Guest Relations Specialist, during reservation planning. 


Meditation

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Meditation is an important practice for developing centeredness and presence. It is a proven, centuries-old tool intended to reduce stress, calm the mind and body and allow meditators to reconnect with themselves. The original story of meditation is the story of a warrior in India who used meditation to help cleanse the trauma of battle, and the need for this type of practice is just as great for warriors today.

While meditation is encouraged anywhere on the property, instruction on this practice is only available during our PATHH programs.


Campfires

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For more than a million years, campfires have provided warmth and comfort to those who gather around them. The relative anonymity in a nighttime fire circle enables participants to engage openly and honestly. Each residence has a fire pit, fire table, or chiminea for guests to enjoy time in lively conversation or quiet reflection.

This activity is always available for responsible self-use.


Art

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Our programs offer a range of art-based activities that allow participants to overcome the inherent limitations of language and express themselves creatively. Through the creation of visual displays, long hidden emotions and experiences can be surfaced and discussed, and participants often realize that they possess reservoirs of uncultivated artistic talent.

This activity is always available. For free use of art supplies, please pre-schedule with our Guest Relations Specialist, during reservation planning.