Our outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.
HGLA September Surf Day in Malibu, CA
Welcome Veterans! We are hosting a day at Big Heart Ranch, Malibu’s most loved nature-based community wellness center and animal rescue sanctuary where people and animals awaken each other. This is completely free of cost, and we reimburse any travel/parking expenses up to $30 with valid proof 🙂
All you need to bring is a water bottle, personal sunscreens if you don’t want to use ours, and any personal medications (inhalers, epipens, etc.).
The sanctuary and the team are very experienced with our veteran population and although it may not sound too exciting, many people experience profound healing moments here daily. Lunch will be provided (with any allergies/diets in mind). There are only 12 spots but we will have a wait list in case people cancel, so sign up and share with your fellow Veterans!
Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first registerhere. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email Kris@HigherGroundUSA.org with any relevant changes.
One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program.
Recreational Therapy: Our day programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about 15-30 minutes at the end of the day.