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River Mountain Blog

The latest news on screen time, digital wellness, family travel, and updates from the RM team.
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The Benefits (and Accessibility) of Nature

A lot has been written in recent years about the “benefits of nature” — fantastic books like Florence Williams’ The Nature Fix and ground breaking research like the work being done by Utah professor David Strayer.

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Design and Development – A Restorative Relationship with Nature

From the beginning of the River Mountain land development process, we’ve had 3 goals in mind…

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Warriors Path to River Mountain Retreat

A River Mountain Digital Wellness Retreat is, by design, an escape from the modern, digital world.

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A Bathtub of Stars

Our first trip to the River Mountain site was in late January 2019. It was the perfect winter day in the mountains — beautiful blue skies and fresh snow on the ground. I don’t remember our group’s exact, initial reaction as we drove down the gravel driveway, but I do remember…

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More than a "Summer Camp" River Mountain Digital Wellness Retreat

More than a “Summer Camp”

Like many of you – I recognize how devices have impacted the way our kids communicate, relate, and develop.

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Designed to Hook Kids - River Mountain Digital Wellness Retreat

Designed to Hook Kids

Managing your children’s screen time can feel like an uphill battle. But the war is not between you and your kids. It’s between your kids and technologies that are designed to keep kids hooked. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are some key terms that are common to technology companies designing the apps, social media and video games our kids use.

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Who We Are - River Mountain Digital Wellness Retreat

Who We Are

River Mountain’s Monday morning meetings are the best part of my week. Coffee in hand, Meg, Glenn, Brandon, and I catch up on our weekends, discuss projects from the week before, and plan the week ahead. The ‘catching up’ part this week took the most time — football games, a cross country meet, choir performances, soccer matches, the end of one fall break, and the start of another. Then it was on to discussion of our upcoming blog schedule…

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Blog The Impacts of Screen Time

The Facts

You're not alone! View & download the blog facts on screen time, device use and the impacts on young people.

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