The Tumbelin Farm Program Model

As a working farm, Tumbelin Farm is an immersive, social and experiential learning program that is built around four distinct but integrated ‘Lives’.

Home Life

A fundamental approach of Tumbelin Farm is to afford young people an opportunity to temporarily step out of their day-to-day environment – one that may well be surrounded by anti-social elements that encourage or enable AOD use – to stay in the warm, welcoming, therapeutic, and supportive environment at the Farm in the care of House Parents.

Farm Life

Opportunities to engage in hands-on tasks that require hard work and resilience, to achieve long-term reward for effort which is unlikely to be seen or experienced in the short-term. Draw on the metaphor of “planting seeds for the future” consistent with the notion that journeys of recovery occur over months and years, not days and weeks.

Adventure Life

Adventure therapy provides opportunities for developing resilience, positive risk-taking, improved self-esteem, problem-solving abilities, constructive coping strategies, and a sense of competence and achievement through experiential learning activities in outdoor settings.

Learning Life

Opportunities through group and 1:1 settings to engage in:

  • Case Management to develop Relapse Prevention skills & strategies
  • Counselling to unpack trauma behind AOD use, and Community of Support (CoS) work including conferencing and decision making.

The Alumni Program allows clients to continue to stay connected with Tumbelin Farm and creates opportunities
for them to ‘give back’ to clients who are newer to the journey.

Tumbelin Farm is the first therapeutic rehabilitation farm for young people in South Australia.

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