Inner Peace is known for innovative, outside-the-box therapy, and this is more than psycho-analytical groups – therapy is also out of the group rooms – outdoors. The physical therapeutic benefits of outdoor activities are increasingly becoming part of the daily Program here.
For instance, this past Sunday – a group of about seven clients on the program took their own initiative and decided to walk to the dam, about a 1Km walk to the outskirts of the town of Fraserburg.
The result was sheer playfulness – a result the therapists could not have planned or anticipated.
In fact, they were not even there, and maybe this is what enabled the clients to experience this degree of freedom and spontaneity.
A group of adults suffering and fighting to transcend their substance use disorders.
This spontaneity was experienced in mud fights, falling in the muddy water – no longer caring about outward appearance, just enjoying innocent mud wrestling. Burying each other in the mud – described as a therapeutic way to get rid of personal negative energy, like a mud application at a spa? Same concept?
Yes, there were mud masks – there was laughter – there was a pureness experienced, to quote a participant:
“I don’t feel like I have a substance use disorder-I felt like a child of the wind”.
“To play in the mud, it was an amazing liberating experience.”
“I felt free from the world”
“I felt free from everything”
“The mud itself was rejuvenating, the experience of laughter and bonding, and beauty and fun was Powerful and healing.”
“My spirit was free”.
“I experienced child like fun again, free of my substance use disorder”.
“I don’t know when I have ever laughed so much.”
This is what the clinical director of Inner Peace, Johann, refers to as transcending our substance use disorders – THE ULTIMATE AIM OF THE PROGRAM HERE AT INNER PEACE.