Ironwood Maine Web Update

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s update will be about how each of the Ironwood students are encouraged to realize the importance behind being true to one’s self, despite the environment.  

The students participated in groups to build bonds, while still having their own ideas. Each of the students have had opportunities to learn to work together and share ideas that benefit both themselves and others. The farmhouse students went swimming at the local YMCA, which gave them the chance to be confident with who they are no matter who is around. Not to mention, it was great to spend some time swimming in a warm pool despite the conditions outside. 

This week’s DBT group ran by therapist Nan, revolved around the topic of love and kindness by way of guided meditation. This was intended to teach how to share compassion and kindness to the people you care about and the people that challenge you to become the best version of yourself. After the meditation, the students made valentines day cards to one family member and one Ironwood Staff. This activity gave us a new perspective of our own life and gave thanks to those we care about.

This week’s art class had a tremendous impact on the students. It gave them a creative outlook and a chance to express themselves through different types of painting. Students took every opportunity to be spontaneous and unique given an open platform to create a new painting style. This relates to the theme because the students were able to choose what appealed to them rather than what their peers had chosen to do. 

In conclusion, the students are learning to find a balance within themselves while still making connections with their present, furture, and past. The hope is for all of us, to be happy and confident as our truest version of ourselves. 

*This update was produced by one of our level 4 residents, who will soon be heading home!

Have a wonderful weekend!