We are not therapists; we do not offer therapies. However, our expeditions, punctuated by moments of reflection and intervention activities, have indisputable therapeutic benefit. The results of a recent study1 indicate that the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation therapeutic adventure expeditions have had significant impact on self-esteem and quality of relationships with parents and friends.
In the study, participants and their parents claimed that the expedition experience contributed in large measure to their development of personal identity and autonomy. Further, the fact that they shared similar experiences in an environment conducive to exchange helped greatly to reduce their feelings of isolation.
The concept behind our expeditions is very simple: we take an individual out of his or her comfort zone and encourage them to recreate for themselves a new comfort zone. The expansion of this zone and the necessary transcendence raises awareness of capabilities, strengths and skills that were heretofore underestimated, or even unknown. Our participants return to everyday life equipped with new energy, a new outlook and an undeniable sense of well-being.
1 Linda Paquette, Ph.D. Study of the Impact of Participation in a Therapeutic Expedition on Psychosocial Adjustment and Quality of Life of Adolescents with Cancer. Unpublished research report. 2016.