Our Mission Statement

The goal of Nature’s Journey for Mental Health is to reach people with mental illness and equip them with the emotional support, expert guidance, and material means to experience the therapeutic benefits of the outdoors. By inviting others into outdoor communities, we aim to instill habits and passion for the outdoors that will provide lasting positive effects for their mental well being.

Nature's Journey is a not profit organization, aiming to improve mental health by enabling Lafayette and local community members to enjoy the great outdoors.


We serve with the following convictions:

  • Intolerance of intolerance: trust, respect, and kindness to all. We do not judge or condemn anyone based on gender, race, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Spirituality: We serve with the conviction that spirituality is a key factor in our mental health. We believe that being submerged in nature is a spiritual tool that leads to both peace and healing.
  • We aim to reflect the steadfast love and mercy of Jesus Christ to people struggling with mental health, and to do so without agenda. While we have our spiritual beliefs, there is no expectation, pressure, nor requirement that any participant must practice Christianity nor conform to its values.


Instill habits and passions for the outdoors that provide positive effects for mental well being through a welcoming outdoor community.

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We know and understand that many members of the LGBTQ+ community have been hurt by, and rightfully feel ostracized by Christian communities. We want to instill confidence in our members that we are open, welcoming, and accepting of all people.

As a Lafayette, Louisiana-based organization, we aim to provide an outdoor community for individuals with mental illness.