Program Phases

A resident’s stay at Baldy Hughes spans five phases over the course of a year. Each resident’s journey is supported by the primary team that provides group facilitation and one-on-one therapeutic sessions. Therapeutic groups are offered three times per week and work roles are assigned outside of the group and one-on-one settings.

Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community & Farm offers a one year program. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the one year program to be admitted to our community as we do not offer shorter-term programs.  The one year program includes the following phases:

Phase 1 – Intro to Healthy Living  (introduction to the therapeutic community, how to care for yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually)

Phase 2 – Community Farm Life and Principles of Recovery  (barn management, animal care, greenhouse science, horticulture & landscaping, education and recovery principles)

Phase 3 – Introduction to Food Preparation (kitchen management, meal preparation, time management, food safe certification, and customer service). This program is generously supported by a Community Gaming Grant provided by the Province of British Columbia.

Phase 4 – Sustainable Recovery – (Individual and group therapy designed to teach an individual to manage mental and emotional health resources, in order to achieve a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.)

Phase 5 Life 2.0 (transition & aftercare planning, resume building, job seeking skills)

Additional Programming


Our medical staff includes a General Physician, Psychiatrist and Mental Health Nurses. Residents will have weekly opportunities to see the doctor and address pre-existing or new medical conditions that arise.


Our on-site school, administered by School District 57, provides residents the chance to complete their secondary level education and achieve their diploma. Additionally, residents with a goal of eventually pursuing post-secondary education may be able to take academic upgrades. All residents will take a variety of skill training certification courses such as Food Safe, First Aid, etc.

12 Steps

All residents will have an opportunity to participate in an intensive AA-based 12 Step group, of approximately 60 hours of in-class study, reflection and practice, resulting in a complete set of steps. Our community also has four 12 Step Meetings per week on site, in addition to AA and NA study groups.

Resident-Led Programs

Baldy Hughes encourages leadership amongst residents and works to support them in becoming mentors and leaders in every part of the community.

Client Facilitated Learning Sessions: Residents in Phases 4 and 5 are encouraged to share their experience and skills with others.

Resident Leadership Group: Residents who have completed the first phase of the program are eligible to apply for the Leadership Group when they have demonstrated role model behavior. This group is involved in mentoring new residents,  leading work crews, and developing the community.

Resident Civic Committee: This democratically elected body manages a resident fund to make legacy purchases for the community, organizes social events, and is a voice for the community.

Extended Recovery Program: Work  groups are supervised by members of our Extended Recovery Program, who are residents who have successfully completed their year-long program and have been invited to remain in the community to give back by performing work roles with other residents.