Path to Recovery Nature Trail

The Path to Recovery Nature Trail follows a stream through evergreen Oaks that reach heights of 82 feet and live for over 250 years. The trail is nestled within 200 acres of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which contains more than 1,000 plant species that provide a habitat for over 500 animal species including deer, hawks, falcons and eagles. Plant communities vary from coastal sage scrub, oak and walnut woodlands to riparian vegetation with native California trees in the deep canyons filled with lilac, mountain mahogany, sages and endangered manzanita species.
Path to Recovery at The Canyon

The Path to Recovery Nature Trail features plaques honoring each of the 12 Steps, as well as key tenets of alternative recovery models such as SMART Recovery and Refuge Recovery. Participants in this experiential group are encouraged to find the path that feels most authentic within the context of their individualized treatment program. The group integrates ecology, culture and spirituality with depth psychology and health. The cultural and mythological history of our surroundings, the biological and geological processes exhibited here, and the spiritual basis of it all are explored each week. Participants chart a course toward a realization of what recovery actually offers — authentic happiness and a meaningful appreciation of life.

The group combines integral aspects of ecopsychology and ecotherapy in that healing and growth are nurtured by removing both psychotherapy and the individual from the interior of buildings in order to utilize the outdoor natural environment for physical and psychological healing. The power of nature in helping people recover and heal from a vast range of ailments has been known for thousands of years. In ancient times, physicians who tended to royalty prescribed walks in nature to alleviate mental health problems. Spending time in a tranquil, beautiful setting has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, instill a deeper connection with nature, reduce stress and enhance a sense of wellbeing.

The visual aesthetics of nature are known to elicit feelings of inner peace, which lower cortisol levels and blood pressure, increase immunity and generate positive emotions. Using the natural environment as a therapeutic group setting is a time-tested form of treatment designed to effectively help individuals recover from illness, rehabilitate from addiction, reduce psychiatric symptoms and improve quality of life.


Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit or call for more information.

To request medical records please contact UHS-NRO Records Department. Fax a copy of the completed/signed ROI form to FAX# (615)-997-1200 or it can be emailed to [email protected] If you need additional guidance on medical records, please call (615) 312-5834


The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team