Setting: Long-Term Treatment in Vermont's Green Mountains
What People Are Saying...
The things that I learned from the Ranch and the people there, on how to maintain a healthy life are tools that I use daily. They taught me to care for myself first and my family and friends next. It's difficult to do this sometimes, but I know that I can now--thanks to Spring Lake Ranch.
Having had a couple of years away from the Ranch working as a provider in various settings, I am more than ever convinced that Spring Lake Ranch occupies an important niche in the world of mental health care institutions.
Spring Lake Ranch was the first place where positive thoughts began to come back into my life... I began to believe I could make it after all.
I look back on my years spent at Spring Lake Ranch as a time when hope was beginning to come back into my life. Working hard focused my mind on something other than my problems, and the respectful treatment I received from the staff was very healing.
I want to thank you and all your staff at Spring Lake Ranch for your efforts with my son. You have the best program I've seen, and I've seen a lot.
Spring Lake Ranch has been a real stabilizing factor in my life. The residents as well as the staff provide the kind of support needed to gain self-esteem and self-confidence. It is the kind of atmosphere where true healing can take place.
While clearing saplings, I took time to look around at all of the other crew members, from all walks of life, struggling to various degrees with their illnesses. And yet they were still pushing on to do their jobs together, and helping each other. It was great to see, and gave me inspiration that even on my worst days, there are others feeling bad but are able to push on. It helped me pick it up a notch.
I recall receiving a Worker of the Month award. The crew leader said she initially wondered if I would even show up for crew, but in the end the crew leader was able to leave me in charge of the crew. I felt very good about this, and took pride in the hard work.
The routine and work made sense. It helped to begin to sort out what was real and what was not real. This was the first place I ever got dirt under my nails.
I valued opportunities to talk to other residents about their experiences with their illnesses, and how they coped. This helped during my recovery: to know others are going through similar things.
When I arrived I quickly felt that I was safe, and that people cared about me. I was immediately welcomed into the community. There is a family feeling, teamwork, and togetherness at the Ranch.
Feeling a part of a team and community, remembering special events; that made me feel very special, and part of a family.
I value the community at the Ranch, the feeling of complete freedom that comes with the ability to express oneself in a way which is both personal and comfortable.
Different staff members were helpful, helped me grow, let me show that I can be a productive member of society. They treated me on the same level as them.
The Ranch does a good job of getting people up and out of bed and motivated to participate when you don’t think you are up for it. The staff is sincere and wants to help you.
I felt that I was treated like an equal, and not looked down upon because of my illness.
Long term staff went beyond the call of duty to help me when I was struggling. They would take time out to talk to me and help me resume my activities. I felt the best when I felt listened to and taken seriously by the staff. I felt that the staff treated me as a person and equal, and not a patient. I have been to other programs but at the Ranch the staff is not just staff.
I had to learn to take responsibility for myself. I struggled with working on the woods crew. I didn’t want to do it. With the help of my advisors, I learned it was not just about doing what you want to do, but learning to do what is needed of you.
We have fun together as a community: playing pool, the gym, tennis, softball, pottery, etc. Staff can motivate, inspire, and be role models. Plus they know how to have a good time.
The steadiness of working with your body on the land, that's what feeds you, gives you an internal locus of control, gets you up in the morning.
A deep, heartfelt extension of gratitude for all of the caring, warmth, and community you have given to my son. The joy of witnessing him coming back to his true nature is immeasurable. The beauty here is incredible, in more ways than one.
We’re often asked “What is there to do around here?” The answer is … plenty. The nearby towns of Rutland and Ludlow provide everything from movies, bowling, concerts, and shopping to hiking, biking and skiing.
Paramount Theatre – Rutland
The Paramount Theatre is a historic performance theater located in vibrant Downtown Rutland, hosting world-class live entertainment including theater, music, sports on the big screen, and National Theatre Live.
Chaffee Art Center – Rutland
Chaffee Art Center hosts two locations in Rutland – their main house, which offers classes in painting and drawing, organic gardening, writing, fiber arts, and more, as well as the ArtBeat downtown gallery. The Chaffee hosts Art in the Park, attracting dozens of local artists and thousands of visitors each year.
Okemo Mountain Resort – Ludlow
Offering Southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop of 2,200 feet and a trail network that spans five distinct alpine areas, Okemo is a family-oriented and family operated resort with 667 accessible acres, 121 trails, and 200 inches of annual snowfall. Okemo is home to Jackson Gore Village, which hosts year-round events like the summer concert series, the Ice House for recreational ice skating, and the Spring House for swimming during the cold winter months.
Vermont/Rutland Farmers’ Market – Rutland
Rutland is home to a year-round Farmers’ Market, which is one of the largest and most diverse farmers’ markets in Vermont. The market is home to more than 60 vendors (including Spring Lake Ranch). The Market is outdoors in downtown Depot Park from May-October and indoors at the Vermont Farmers Food Center from October-May.
Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center – Rutland
Pyramid is a complete wellness center offering a variety of services, including massage and Reiki, Yoga and fitness classes, reflexology, and more. Pyramid is home to Rutland’s only salt cave, allowing visitors to enjoy the many benefits of Himalayan salt in a “relaxation chamber” for the body and soul.
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center – West Rutland
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center offers unique sculpture education programs amid inactive quarries and former manufacturing facilities of the Vermont Marble Company. The Center regularly hosts workshops, lectures, communal dinners, and special events.
Pine Hill Park – Rutland
Nestled just on the edge of the city’s limits, Pine Hill Park offers 16 miles of single-track trail spread over 325 acres of terrain, offering some of the very best mountain biking, trail running, hiking, walking, and snowshoeing in the region.
Killington & Pico Ski Areas – Killington
Killington Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in the Northeast and is home to some of the best skiing and riding in the state. The resort hosts year-round events and activities, and the Snowshed Adventure Center is open during the warmer months. Killington’s sister peak, Pico, provides the perfect terrain for beginners and families.
Flagship Cinema – Rutland
This intimate nine-screen theater is a local favorite. Ranchers spend many Friday evenings at the Theater for Friday town trip, creating camaraderie over the latest film.
Downtown Rutland hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the 50-year-old Halloween Parade, annual sidewalk sales, and Friday Night Concert Series where the street closes down and the parking pit becomes transforms into a unique, amphitheater-like concert venue.
Pond Hill Ranch – Castleton
Pond Hill Ranch is a family owned and operated 2,000 acre working ranch offering trail rides and lessons and a professional rodeo every Saturday evening from July through September.
Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center – Rutland
Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center is Vermont’s tallest indoor climbing experience, with private lessons, groups, leagues and clinics available.
Lakes & Rivers
For more information about area amenities, see our resource page.