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Well-being Adventure Series

The Well-being Adventure Series is an initiative that seeks to bring a unique approach to both clinical intervention as well as outreach and education at WVU.

The project consists of a threefold approach to addressing college students’ mental well-being using Therapeutic Adventure. Using the watershed metaphor as a guide, WVU will employ Therapeutic Adventure at three stages including Headwaters, Midstream and Downstream. Each stage will employ a different programmatic effort. All programs are free to WVU students, though most require a $5 refundable payment upon registration. Each stage and its available activities are listed below.


*All Headwater activities are also affiliated with the Mountaineer Meet Ups initiative*

Adventure WV and Carruth have partnered together to offer multiple open enrollment adventure-based programs designed to build community, build resilience, normalize mental well-being and familiarize them with mental health and well-being resources on campus.

Learn more about the Headwaters Activities or register.

For questions about the Headwaters offerings, contact  Marcedes Minana.

Harmonize w/ Horses (Registration Open) 

All programs run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, January 23  
  • Tuesday, January 30  
  • Tuesday, February 20  
  • Tuesday, February 27  
  • Tuesday, March 26th 
  • Tuesday, April 16th

Climb & Connect (Registration Open) 

All programs run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. unless noted

  • Wednesday, January 31 
  • Wednesday, February 7 
  • Wednesday, February 21 
  • Wednesday, March 6th (6:30PM-9:30PM) 
  • Wednesday, April 17th (6:30PM-9:30PM) 

Ride & Reflect (Registration Open) 

  • Thursday, March 21st (4:30PM-7:30PM)
  • Friday, April 5th (5:00PM-8:00PM) 
  • Thursday, April 25th (5:00PM-8:00PM)

Nature as Nurture (Registration Open) 

  • Saturday, April 27th (2:00PM-5:00PM) 

Paddle & Process (Registration Open) 

  • Friday, April 19th (5:00PM-8:00PM 
  • Friday, April 26th (5:00PM-8:00PM) 


The Midstream offerings are longer and more in depth than the Headwaters offerings. They combine unique adventure-based activities with WVU’s Mental Health 101 training. During the training participants will learn about WVU resources supporting mental health and how to assist a friend or peer who may need help. Participants are asked to complete the short online Kognito module before participating. The Midstream offerings are open to all students and are especially beneficial for student leaders who have a lot of interaction with their peers! 

Hooray for Horses

  • Sunday, March 24th: 10:00AM-5:00PM
 Register for Hooray for Horses HERE 

Zip, Sip & Learn 

  • Saturday, April 13th: 10:00AM-5:00PM
 Register for Zip, Sip & Learn  HERE


Get More Out of Life

In partnership with Adventure WV, and as part of the Well-being Adventure Series, group members will learn tools from both positive psychotherapy and therapeutic adventure to increase their well-being. Group members will be supported to develop their strengths, practice more gratitude, interact more constructively with friends and loved ones, get more enjoyment out of their daily activities, and feel more optimistic about their future. These goals will be achieved through members participation in ecotherapy, ongoing celebration of one another’s strengths during problem-based group development, and processing with each other their unique experiences utilizing the tools they acquire during sessions and in integrative activities assigned between meetings each week. The group experience will culminate with an outdoor experience such as backpacking, an aerial adventure and camping, or paddling. 

The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m.  - 6:30 p.m.

For questions, or to express interest in participation, please contact Kelly Bailey or Chris Hamilton