New Perspectives - June,
2002 Issue #94
Kiatou @ Cushing’s
Gilles Latremouille – Owner
is a six-week wilderness program for teens, aged 14-18, who are on a downward spiral. This Canadian-based program combines
zoo- therapy with wilderness therapy to give youth an opportunity to ‘live an unforgettable adventure, take time to reflect on themselves
and to enhance their personal development.’ “ Kiatou@Cushing’s is a small center situated on a privately owned 500 acre wilderness
estate, a1.5 hour’s drive north of Ottawa’s international airport. In addition to three fulltime staff, they also have 17 Siberian
Huskies, 4 horses and 12 birds of prey.
Students who are appropriate for Kiatou may be at-risk for becoming young offenders and may be experiencing alcohol and/or other drug
use, low self-esteem, emotional disturbance, anger, defiance, anxiety, underachievement and/or rebellion.
The benefits of Kiatou include an improved physical and mental state, enhanced decision making and problem solving skills, a better
attitude toward parents, family and life, new friends, being more pleasant and respectful, an increased self-confidence by completion
of challenges, achievement of objectives by compliance with rules, renewed interest in academics, and increased physical vigor by
‘living in a drug-free environment that encourages positive lifestyle choices.’
No visa’s or passports are required, only 2 pieces of ID with photos, and most taxes are refundable to U.S. citizens, who also receive
a high U.S. exchange rage against the Canadian dollar.