Sheldon Nelson

Brief History

Crossroads Discovery was founded to fill the gap between clinical wilderness therapy and outdoor adventure programs. The wilderness offers us the opportunity to develop and master skills in self-reliance, accountability, decision-making, responsibility, leadership and communication. The combination of beautiful backcountry trails and experienced wilderness guides allows Crossroads Discovery participants to experience the transformative power of introspection and mindfulness practices in an outdoor setting, away from the distractions of everyday life. 

When Sheldon found himself at a challenging crossroads, he discovered refuge and inspiration in the wilderness, for the wilderness allows us each to find refuge and inspiration in our highest selves. In his words, he explains:

“The idea of Crossroads Discovery came about when we saw a need. Crossroads Discovery fills a need for a program that is designed for an individual that needs an outdoor experience, direction, or motivation to launch forward. Crossroads Discovery programs are designed to promote self-discovery and build tools for emotional health through hiking and camping with backcountry guides and certified Life Coaches.

As I’ve come to crossroads in my own life, I found there were new discoveries to be had. When I found myself needing healing, the wilderness is where I turned. I found that intensive therapy was not what I needed, but loving people close by and time to feel and process my emotions. The wilderness provided a space for new discoveries and self-awareness. It gave a place to cry, to be vulnerable, and a place to let go of feelings, behaviors, and all manner of emotions that were holding me back."

Our Vision

At Crossroads Discovery, our certified Life Coaches take a gentle approach to help clients develop life skills, conflict resolution, and emotional health and wellness. Through individual coaching and outdoor expeditions, our staff is prepared to provide support to families at life’s hardest moments. We believe there are new discoveries at every crossroads.

Our services consist of private Life Coaching, customized Family Camps, Wilderness Experiences, and Outdoor Expeditions to provide unique opportunities for individuals and families to develop new tools, self-confidence, and a plan for emotional wellness. We believe nature has an amazing way of healing emotional scars and supporting healthy living.

Crossroads Discovery programs are designed to promote self-discovery and build tools for emotional health through hiking and camping with backcountry guides and certified Life Coaches. Students will learn how to care for the earth using Leave No Trace principles, navigate through the wilderness, learn to live in peace with nature and study the earth, plants, and sky.  Traverse the animal’s paths, and learn the sacredness of life.