Costa Rica Adventures, November 2016

By Chrysalis School / November 22, 2016 / Comments Off on Costa Rica Adventures, November 2016

Students and parents embark on a week-long Costa Rica adventure Arriving late in the day we pull into our cabinas in Nosara, Costa Rica. Our students are all exhausted from leaving Eureka 24 hours earlier but jazzed to get out to the beach and get into the ocean. Swimming and watching our first sunset in our…

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A Spontaneous Road Trip with Lasting Memories

By Chrysalis School / November 4, 2016 / Comments Off on A Spontaneous Road Trip with Lasting Memories

“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” The Chrysalis School is a bustling environment. Each day is structured with school, therapy, daily responsibilities and connection. Life is more than a routine, connection is made and found in these day to day activities. Celebrating a home life is something we…

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Seeing Mother-Daughter Relationships in a New Light

By Chrysalis School / September 20, 2016 / Comments Off on Seeing Mother-Daughter Relationships in a New Light

Every August, nestled on the shore of the beautiful Flathead Lake, is our annual mother-daughter retreat.  It is a time and space created with the intention of connection, fun, being together, making new memories, and healing relational space. As a witness to the process, I stand amazed at the amount of courage that was required to…

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Annual Father Daughter Trip

By Chrysalis School / July 19, 2016 / Comments Off on Annual Father Daughter Trip

A Special Connection. Last month Chrysalis shared a powerful experience with some of our girls and their fathers. So many of our students get to embrace the engine of change that is the outdoors while completing wilderness therapy. This time, they had the opportunity to do so tracing a few miles of the journey that Lewis…

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Graduation at Chrysalis School Montana

By Chrysalis School / June 1, 2016 / Comments Off on Graduation at Chrysalis School Montana

It’s that time of year again at Chrysalis School … the time of year I both love and dread. Love, because it is the season of program graduations, and there is nothing more inspiring and humbling and wonderful than to witness the culmination of a student and her family’s work and progress here at Chrysalis.…

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The Anatomy of Trust

By Chrysalis School / May 23, 2016 / Comments Off on The Anatomy of Trust

Dr. Brene Brown has started an international conversation about shame, vulnerability, courage, and connection. If you haven’t heard of her work yet, indulge your curiosity with this link to her personal bio and website. She has semester courses online that are open to anyone interested in diving into the deep end of the pool of…

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Experiential Learning is the New Classroom at Chrysalis

By Chrysalis School / May 16, 2016 / Comments Off on Experiential Learning is the New Classroom at Chrysalis

It was a brisk February morning when my Ornithology class first ventured outside in search of birds. There was little promise of a sighting, yet the stillness of the day amplified the slightest movement or sound. The students eagerly scanned the landscape for any evidence of our quarry. There were a few glimpses of fleeting…

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The Healing Power of Service

By Corey Hickman / May 12, 2016 / Comments Off on The Healing Power of Service

Over the last 18 years, Chrysalis Therapeutic Boarding School has conducted dozens of international service trips with our students. It is hard to imagine a service opportunity more meaningful than what we experienced at Casa Hogar Alegre. All of our hearts were touched as we bonded with and improved the living conditions for the children.…

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Embracing Natural Beauty: Our Makeup Free Month

By Chrysalis School / May 9, 2016 / Comments Off on Embracing Natural Beauty: Our Makeup Free Month

I have the privilege of working as a supervisor at Chrysalis Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls and also have the background of being a professional cosmetologist. Ever since I started working at Chrysalis I have been in love with the work I get to be engaged in and I love when the therapeutic work the…

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The Mountains are Calling…

By Chrysalis School / April 27, 2016 / Comments Off on The Mountains are Calling…

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir And I Must Go When people ask me what I’ve been doing in Montana for the past 7 months, my reply usually starts and ends with “I go…

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