WinGate Wilderness Therapy Programs

WinGate Wilderness Therapy Instructors will use the wilderness and primitive living skills as metaphors to enable change of heart in each of their students.

As a wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth and young adults, WinGate Wilderness Therapy utilizes a strengths-based approach to recognize potential in even the most challenging of students. Proper, thorough assessment, coupled with proven treatment strategies implemented in a supportive environment, creates the WinGate difference. It begins with the deep-rooted belief that every student is unique, gifted, and capable of dramatic emotional and behavioral transformation. As a result, a nurturing yet challenging environment is provided so that students can grow, gain perspective, and attain a new level of maturity, while addressing their specific behavioral issues and problems. The best practices of the wilderness are combined with the best clinical techniques in order to take wilderness therapy to a dramatically higher level of integration and results.

Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium. —Sigurd Olson

Wilderness Field Staff

More exploration! Staff share what makes WinGate Wilderness Therapy unique and why they choose to work here. It is the dedication and passion of our staff to make WinGate the best program that makes us succeed.

Wilderness field staff, commonly known as Wind Walkers at Wingate, will have the opportunity to attend the Arbinger Institute's The Choice Seminar. The seminar teaches about ways of being, why and how we respond to relationships, and discusses the concepts of self-deception and self-betrayal. In-depth discussions will allow you to look at your own life and understand the state of your own heart.

Wind Walkers are expected to improve their own lives just as the students do.Trained Wind Walker's will then use the principles from The Choice on the trail through modeling it, living it, and teaching it to the students. You will also use the wilderness and primitive living skills as metaphors to enable an environment that invites change out of each student, as opposed to telling him or her that they need to change.

Wind Walkers are expected to improve their own lives just as the students do. They should be growing and preparing their own hearts as they support the students on their path. It is imperative that a Wind Walker walk with the students. You'll hike when they hike, you'll participate in whatever they are asked to participate in, you'll eat what they eat, and your gear, in most cases, will be even more primitive than student's gear.

The program's objective is to inspire students and to invite them to awaken; resulting in them wanting to make better decisions and create healthier relationships. Throughout a student's stay at WinGate, there will be a focus on preparing their hearts, honoring their strengths to engage change, and their relationships with others.


Utah's pristine red rock territory

The stunning landscape of southern Utah provides a powerful backdrop for a life-changing experience. WinGate is the only wilderness program authorized to operate in the scenic western section of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument situated between Lake Powell and Zion National Park. In this awe-inspiring expanse of red rock formations and high desert terrain, students are challenged to build foundations for a new beginning.

The Essentials & Time Commitment

Commonly known as Wind Walkers to the students, you will use the principles from your in-depth training on the trail by modeling it, living it and teaching it to them.

Preference will be given to those who have 12-step experience, were clients in any type of wilderness therapy program, are certified in Wilderness First Responder, and can make a one year commitment. Stipulations for previous clients are a year clean and sober from your program. Field Instructors will work 15 days on and 13 days off.

Perks & Rewards

Creating your own path.

Pay is extremely competitive for this industry. Compensation starts at $127/day, with the opportunity to make up to $195/day (daily rates will gladly be matched if you are coming from another company with wilderness experience). After completing 24 days on the trail, a Wind Walker is eligible for a training stipend. Health and dental benefits are also provided after 90 days. With a location in the heart of Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon and the Grand Staircase Monument, you’ll have plenty of time exploring these beautiful parks and scenery.

Your First Move & Connections

Let the wilderness set you free.

If you believe that you will be an asset to WinGate, email or fax your resume and cover letter to Teague Perkins. Once all of your preliminary paperwork has been received, a telephone interview will be set-up. From there, a probable invitation will be extended for an in-person interview and then training.

Teague Perkins
Assistant Operations Director
WinGate Wilderness Therapy
P.O. Box 347
Kanab, UT 84741

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