Before sobriety I was passionate about one thing, my next drink or drug. Life did not exist outside of the microcosm that was my addiction. Today, at one month shy of nine years my life is a myriad of amazing adventures. Because I am sober I got to drive to Texas with five Jaywalker alums and bow hunt white tail deer. Sunrise and sunset is consumed with hunting but the hours in between is full of laughing and fellowship. I am forever grateful for the gifts of sobriety and the life I have been given. John Schneier
Jaywalker Lodge founder Bob Ferguson and new collegiate recovery program in Alpha 180 in Austin, Texas recently hosted and sponsored a sober tailgate celebrating recovery and football on campus. Check out the article posted here in The Daily Texan: http://dailytexanonline.com/2017/10/23/alcohol-free-tailgate-at-ut-unites-austin’s-sober-community
The 10th Anniversary of Jaywalker Lodges Serenity Scramble was a great success! We had a record number of participants and raised over $25,000 for A Way Out. “A Way Out” is a non-profit organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that offers counseling, referrals, addiction assessments, solution oriented treatment plans and financial aid to people that would otherwise not be capable of receiving these services. Elizabeth Means is the Director of A Way Out and serves this organization with incredible professionalism along with its esteemed board of directors. All of us at Jaywalker Lodge are proud to do our small part to help support this purpose driven organization for over a decade now. Our founder Bobby Ferguson, a long- time resident of this valley, aligned himself and his company with A Way Out for good reason years ago and this relationship just continues to grow from year to year. With well…
On Monday our Expedition Director Lynn Sanson, my boss/mentor/friend, accomplished a dream. Lynn Sanson completed the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with his son Tobin. While completing the rock climb is an amazing feat, I know that this means much more to him than just another ascent of a sheer rock wall. Lynn has been attempting this climb for the last few years, and has had several demoralizing defeats. Each time, I watched him prepare diligently but come back being humbled by this 3000ft testpiece. It was hard for me to see someone who is so competent and level headed to come up short. This year, there was a change. I saw Lynn make some changes to his approach to an already extremely healthy and active lifestyle. I saw someone who was going to do whatever it took to complete the dream. In addition, his son Tobin made some huge progress in his…
Congratulations to our employee, James Bakehouse, who finished his first ever 10k…and with no training whatsoever! James finished the Strawberry Shortcut in style with a smile on his face and a grateful heart. I am particularly inspired by James because he had shared with me on the Friday before the race that his last experience of Strawberry Days was from when he was using. This time though, James was sober, grateful for life, and he got the early bird special running 6.2 miles at 7:00 am on a Sunday morning. James was joined in the race by Amber Bate (wife of our Chief of Clinical Operations), Jeff Kremer (former long-time Chief of Clinical Operations), and Erin Williams (HR Director). All were cheered on by Stefan Bate and the little Bates – Allison and Christopher. Way to go James!! Erin W. David Krimstock competed in the Bailey Hundo MTB Race this…
Art Kleinschmidt recently became a Doctor of Philosophy after completing years of hard work. During this time, he authored a treatment program, Planting Seeds: A Client-Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment. He divided this program into four phases, which lends itself to moving a client from early treatment to second stage recovery. In addition, he completed research about the program’s efficacy. Art started his addiction career at Hazelden, where he received a Master’s degree. He returned to Jaywalker in 2009 after running his own treatment business in Gypsum. Since that time, Art has been sharing his counseling expertise along with his experience, strength, and hope at Jaywalker Lodge and the Solutions Program. Most recently, he has been promoted and will take over the assessment program at the Landing. Congratulations to Art Kleinschmidt Ph.D., LPC, MBA, LAC
Jaywalker continues to celebrate milestones in recovery. Dirk Eldredge, CEO, celebrated 14 continuous years in recovery this week. Dirk’s dedication and ability to connect with others lends to his leadership and the friendships he fosters with all of us here at Jaywalker. Dirk and his bride, Stacy Lee, have found a home in the Roaring Fork Valley. Dirk’s connection and compassion for our men, culture, and 12 step principals makes a difference in the lives of many. Like you honor us Dirk, we are grateful to be in your life and trudge this road of happy destiny together. Congratulations on 14!
Jaywalker hosted 5 renowned professionals this weekend in Carbondale, Colorado. We believe that our clinical and marketing staff are best prepared by visiting programs that we collaborate with. Hosting and inviting professionals to Jaywalker to see our continuum is crucial to experience our programs. The weekend consists of fabulous dinners prepared by Chef Brian, Jaywalker tour, clinical roundtable, Jaywalker Speaker Meeting, and recreation that includes skiing, hiking, fishing, rafting, or any of the lifestyle experiences we ask our clients to engage in. Jaywalker hosts quarterly Professionals Weekends and accommodates individual visits.
Jaywalker Solutions clients were guided today on an ice climbing expedition. Lynn Sanson, Expedition Director, led the group up a stunning piece of ice outside of Vail, Colorado. Recovery is about exposure to new things, sober accomplishment, and overcoming adversity together. The Colorado landscape does not disappoint, and continues to elevate Jaywalker’s experiential treatment process. We believe in the relentless and unapologetic pursuit of happiness and joy in recovery. -Pat S
“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Page 89, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous When we are in the throes of our disease we strive for community, for a sense of belonging. At Jaywalker Lodge I have the privilege of introducing our clients to the community of successful alums that populate the Roaring Fork Valley. Through outdoor adventure, long drives, campfires and snow caves one begins to see the host of friends growing up about them, it is truly an experience not to be missed.John S