We are a residential-therapy / leadership-course hybrid that combines everything our youth need to turn their hardship into greatness.

MORE THAN A BETTER INTERVENTION,

BUT A PROFOUND TRANSFORMATION.

The Makana Leadership Academy is for youth ages 14 – 17 coming out of wilderness therapy or an equivalent experience. Our course is unlike any other treatment program because along with a sound academic platform, we offer the equivalent to “Ninja” training for life. Our revolutionary curriculum considers all the dynamics at the root of addiction, depression, trauma, and other mental health issues so many of our youth face. We go beyond leaving troubles and struggles behind and facilitate a deep and long-lasting transformation. Our goal is not to “modify behaviors’’, but to create world-class leaders who are masters in creating their own success and changing the world.

OUR CORE BELIEF

GREATNESS COMES FROM WITHIN

Every individual is capable of being a powerful leader once they discover their path. Within each of us there is a seed of greatness that, when accessed, helps us see that we can create and achieve anything we want in life. The past is our teacher and hardship makes us stronger.

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THE MISSING
PIECE

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PARENT & FAMILY PROGRAM

Throughout our program we provide the best family support in the world by going beyond simply keeping parents informed. We have developed a course for parents that includes an active curriculum and weekly coaching sessions so they can make transformational growth themselves.

Additionally, each parent has access to up-to-date notes from therapists and coaches and other relevant information from the school. We help repair relationships from all sides to provide growth at home as well as on campus.

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SETTING
THE STAGE

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LIFE MASTERY

For the first 3 months we focus on a relational therapy model to break down the walls of resistance. From a place of trust, we reframe what’s possible through habit-forming routines and meaningful experiential learning that creates lasting change. We take a holistic approach to wellbeing with our “4 Dimensions of Wellness” program.

With a better understanding of oneself, a learning mindset, and positive habits in place, our students are primed for next-level transformation into powerful leaders and authors of their own lives.

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LEADERSHIP
TRAINING

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Months 4 -6 our students graduate to leadership skill-building and self-discovery that goes far beyond a traditional academic education. Here, they learn the “4 Disciplines of Leadership” expertise and build a powerful vision for their future.

As our students gain the skills and confidence to succeed, they visualize and plan for a future that is compelling for each individual. Each student leaves with a defined personal brand and business plan to chart the path forward after they leave our campus. From home, our support continues with our Mastermind program.

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MASTERMIND AFTERCARE PROGRAM

For the next 6 months after returning home from the Makana campus, our students receive daily coaching and mentoring as they transition into independent living. They become increasingly more connected with family, friends, life-long comrades, and professional mentors. Countless opportunities to lead, and be led, become available throughout this rich network effect. Our aftercare program includes a practical application curriculum and a leadership masterclass, as well as continued family and therapy support to help transition into successful adult life. 

PROGRESS

IS MAKANA THE RIGHT FIT?

Our adolescent program serves individuals between the ages of 14 – 17 and is part of an immersive treatment and leadership training journey that we call our Continuum of Care. This journey includes programs for young adults that continue to build on the foundations established in the adolescent program. The concept is simple: we offer progressive, daily immersion into challenging physical, emotional, educational, and leadership stressors to create the best possible transition into a successful, thriving adult life.

Our application process is designed to ensure that everyone enrolled is focused and ready to meet the following criteria:

PHYSICAL FITNESS
A large portion of the program experience revolves around physical activity. Students will need to be able to engage in vigorous, daily, physical activity. 

EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Students may be struggling with mental or emotional issues in their lives, however, they must be a willing participant in the Leadership Academy and be open and willing to really work on improving their emotional well-being. 

SOCIAL COMPETENCY
Social interaction is an important method of teaching life and leadership skills. Because students will be living and interacting with each other on a daily basis, they will need to understand social cues and engage in appropriate social interaction. 

WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
It is our preference that prior to attending Makana, our students experience the benefit of a wilderness therapy program. This way, our students come eager to take control of their future. We will continue to build upon what they’ve learned in wilderness through our Ancestral Wisdom course.

HARMONY

THE TURNAROUND PARENT

BRINGING FAMILY BACK INTO THE EQUATION

Self-awareness is the pivotal component of intentional parenting. Becoming a better parent means becoming a better person. This is what our children are asking of us—to step up—to expand our mind and our own emotional health—to widen our understanding of what we and our children are capable of—to know and understand ourselves on the deepest level of insight. 

MEET YOUR COACH

Beth Hillman is a trained parent coach, Arbinger facilitator, & mother of 5. Most importantly, she has experienced sending a child to wilderness therapy. It is her life’s work to guide parents to help things go better & rebuild family relationships.

THE MAKANA PARENT PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Weekly group coaching sessions
  • Weekly video lessons with worksheets
  • Resources to help parents & families grow

OUR program teaches the principles, daily practices, & mindset to empower parents to:

  • Learn how to connect and teach rather than react
  • Break free from guilt and set healthy boundaries
  • Parent with clarity, insight, & empowerment 
  • Experience progress in your relationships
  • Expand your own self-awareness and vision for yourself and your family’s future

VISION

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.

– Dalai Lama

CONTINUUM OF CARE

The concept is simple: we put an end to perpetual therapizing and never-ending program-hopping. We begin with the end in mind: a powerful, competent, skilled leader, ready to take on any life challenge. We do this through progressive, daily immersion into challenging physical, emotional, educational, and leadership stressors to create the best possible transition into a successful, thriving adult life.

This invaluable education would typically require up to five different programs and take much longer to accomplish. Our streamlined process includes high school, adult leadership academy, aftercare coaching & mentorship (off campus) and then inviting our clients back as alumni leaders (lifetime members) who become involved as mentors and sponsors.

LIFE-MASTERY

ACHIEVING SELF-ACTUALIZATION

Mastering the hidden conversation within our bodies

4 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
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MENTAL

How we think dictates how we feel, how we experience situations, how we see ourselves and others. It is the filter through which we experience life. We can absolutely control our thoughts; therefore, we can control our mental health. Intentionally strengthening our ability to think, focus and visualize is a daily meditation ritual at Makana.

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PHYSICAL

What we eat, how often we move and exercise, and the quality of our sleep, all play a major role in our mental health and immune system. Most likely, we all know the things we could improve upon, but most of us haven’t figured out how to incorporate healthy habits into our lives. Makana helps transform “good decisions” into a lifestyle habit.

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SOCIAL

Leaders who have strong mental health (focus, thinking, memory skills) have better thoughts, which lead to better choices, which results in better outcomes. Strong social skills require awareness and practice in three key areas: personal, professional and public settings. Every experiential lesson at Makana intertwines these three areas in collaborative social lessons and exercises. Everything that we do is in relation with others – negotiation, presentations, public speaking, rigorous honesty, and interviews to list a few. When we see that creating value for all involved (including ourselves), our relationships flourish.

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EMOTIONAL

When our habits have been formed as a defense mechanism, we unconsciously perpetuate a self-victimizing life. Anytime we feel triggered, we give up our power, we yield control of our thoughts, sabotage the happiness we crave and are blind to the truth of who we are. The first step to healing is not willpower or force. It is instead an accepting awareness of our patterns—exploration of their origins—reprogramming the memories and assumptions behind them to then arrive at a knowledge of our power; that we are in no way the victim of circumstances; for the cause of happiness and all achievement is within us.

ANCESTRAL LIVING COURSE

We encourage our students to attend wilderness therapy program prior to coming to Makana. We will continue to build upon what they’ve learned in wilderness through our Ancestral Living course.

  • BASICS: Water treatment, shelters, friction fires, cooking, leave no trace
  • FLORA: Learn about local plant life, edibles, & tool making
  • FAUNA: Increase hiking distance and learn advanced tracking and fishing skills
  • CHALLENGE: Apply the skills learned in a lone camp, then enjoy a graduation feast

LEADERSHIP

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LEADERSHIP
DISCIPLINE

This hard-hitting course outlines (1) what a leader must focus on, (2) key performance indicators, (3) developing sound strategy, (4) knowing how to locate and breakthrough your biggest roadblocks. Students find the lessons immediately applicable and liberating. 

“Everything suddenly became clear, leadership is totally attainable to me now.” 
– Past Student.

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ESSENTIAL
SKILLS

One of our favorite words at Makana is “Equanimity”: the constant state of even-mindedness, especially under times of stress or elation. Essential leadership skills and attributes such as this are taught in an experiential learning style. The objective is to instill a deep appreciation for decision-making under the very real pressures of criticism, deadlines, conflicts, and even personal betrayal.

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ORGANIZATIONAL
SKILLS

The art of managing projects and teams of people is a vital aspect of leadership. This course is about learning how to run focused meetings, evaluate project performance, manage complexity, and keep a team motivated while delivering on time and under budget—it is an excellent introduction to Project Management and Corporate Governance.

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GUIDING
RITUALS

How does a leader go about intentionally creating a culture and the cadence? The concept taught here can be summed up as “The Compound Effect.” Typically, it isn’t a single grand act that incites change—more often, it is the daily rituals that turn the tide. This course helps link day-to-day activities with long-term outcomes and helps a leaders understand what truly matters and what is noise.

Nothing happens unless something is moved.

– Albert Einstein

STUDENT LIFE

We are an accredited high school that provides an outstanding academic program specifically designed to help troubled teens who have fallen behind and are in need of grade recovery and credit repair. 

Click below for a peek into the day in a life of our students and learn more about our campus and curriculum.

READY TO FIND OUT IF WE'RE A GOOD FIT? LET'S TALK.

We’re eager to hear your story and discuss next steps. Fill out the contact form and we will be in touch within 48 hours. 

 

Makana Leadership Academy
4270 W 5625 N
Roosevelt, UT 84066

Office: (801) 679-4261
Admissions: (801) 679-6445

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