Connecting with Your Roots

Adventure Therapy Backpack

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**This adventure is reserved for the LGBTQ communities and reserved for Black, Indigenous and People of Color.**


The promotion of self growth is really popular. There are so many things one can work on to work out the kinks or just reach personal goals. But supporting your mental health alone can be a challenge. Group therapy is another way of supporting yourself while receiving support from community. Wild Diversity is partnering with Rooted Adventure Therapy to bring you this communal support.


Wild Diversity will support you for the backpacking trip and Rooted Adventure Therapy will facilitate the group therapy sessions. The sessions are structured in 60-90 minutes to address 3 identified mental health topics for this trip. The group made up 6 individuals will engage in activities to promote reflection in relationships, gain communication skills, and increase team work. 

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The Details

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Adventure Dates: Saturday, August 31st to Sunday September 1st.  

Meeting Location: Leaven Community, 5431 NE 20thAve, Portland, OR 97211  

Meeting Time: Saturday, August 31st at 7:00AM  

Adventure Location: Pamelia Lake Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness 

Cost: $300 - $400


This event includes permits, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils. The pricing also includes the group therapy session.


You will need to bring personal clothing, boots, toiletries, transportation to the meeting location. Please ask us about our Gear Library, we have personal clothing & boots available to borrow. Please connect with the our logistics coordinator before August 26th. 


  • Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)    
  • Your Trip Leaders will be Adrian & Jacque 
  • Pamelia Lake Trail Area is 2.5 hours from Portland, Oregon  
  • The total distance for this backpack is 4 miles    
  • The total elevation gain is 860ft    

About Rooted Adventure Therapy

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Jacque Serrano, LCSW, CADC I, is the Primary Therapist for the Group Therapy Backpacking Trip. Jacque has 5+ years of experience as a Backpacking Guide working for a wilderness therapy program in Utah, Portland State University Outdoor Program and contracting with schools such as Lewis & Clark Outdoor Program and Oregon Episcopal School to guide students on multi-day backpacking trips in Oregon. Jacque has maintained her Wilderness First Responder Certification since 2011, and is an avid backpacker on her time off.   


Jacque is the Youth & Family Program Supervisor and a Mental Health Clinician for a mental health agency in rural Oregon.  Jacque is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Drug and Alcohol Counselor and has her post graduate certificates in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Foster & Adoptive Family Therapy, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. She provides Individual and Family therapy to youth in the program and supervises the clinical team. Jacque’s approach is rooted in family systems, attachment, and trauma focused work.   

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