TIER Adventure Therapy is a therapeutic retreat concept offered at various locations seasonally, led by psychotherapist, Dr. Lori Mann, LMFT, Psy.D and a team of outdoorsmen, health practitioners, and activity leaders. The breathrough concept takes therapy off the couch and into a beautiful destination, outfitted with adventure and acitivities to push individuals and groups to get to the next TiER in their mental thinking.
T.I.E.R is an acronym for “The Inner Emotional Resolve,” developed by Dr. Lori Mann, which she states is the “grit factor” that is needed to incite change.
Dr. Lori spent 7 years researching the concept of change by way of wilderness therapy. She created TIER Adventure Therapy as a means to lowering depression and anxiety, working through life and relationship challenges, and increasing confidence and emotional resiliency.
“When we are emotionally resilient, future battles do not sway us. We learn we can have the inner strength and confidence to withstand the storm, pivot when needed, and come out of it even stronger,” states Dr. Mann.
The method is clinically researched by Dr. Lori Mann, having begun the clinical research at Pepperdine University following her studies at UCLA’s Psychology Department. At The Chicago School, she published her doctoral dissertation, outlining through proven data that positive change happens in outdoor adventure therapy retreat programs that maintain individual and group therapy alongside physical activities (ropes courses, zliplining, hiking, equine therapy, rock climbing, and more).
TIER Adventure Therapy Retreats in 2022:
Avalon & Two Harbors, Catalina Island, CA:
April 2022, June 2022, Septembe 2022, October 2022
Themed Retreats: Divorcee Bootcamp, Family Grief & Transition, Individual Re-Awakening for Individuals Looking for Change
- 4 Night Stay on Catalina Island
- Private Chef
- Yoga and Meditation Daily
- Eco-Ziplining Tour of the Island
- Hawk Adventure
- Ropes Course
- Kayak & Snorkel Adventure
- Bison Tour Hike
- Botanical Gardens
- Daily Group Therapy & Individual Therapy
- Journaling & Goal-Setting
El Pedregal Retreat – Los Alamos, Sonora, Mexico
October 2022, November 2022
Couples Therapy Retreat
- 5 Night Stat at El Pedregal
- Private Hacienda for Each Couple
- Outdoor Dining Underneath the Veranda
- On-Site Yoga Studio
- Luxury Swimming Pool
- Farm to Table Dining
- Tortilla Making Class in Town
- Rainforest Hike
- Optional Mountain Biking Tour
- Daily Free Time to Shop & Tour the Colonial town of Los Alamos, known as “Pueblo Magico”
- Custom Activiites for Each Couple
- Daily Couples Therapy
- Daily Group Therapy
- Romantic Dinner at Hacienda de Los Santos Final Night