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About Divided Sky

Addiction is a widespread issue that adversely affects people across the country. At Divided Sky Foundation, we have created a holistic retreat for people in recovery. Our educational workshops are non-judgmental and encouraging, as we recognize that addiction is a disease, not a lack of willpower. That’s why we proudly provide healing for individuals who are ready to embrace recovery and renew their joy of life. If you or someone you care about might benefit from a holistic approach to recovery, Divided Sky is ready to help.

About Divided Sky in Vermont

 Trey Anastasio of the band Phish founded the Divided Sky Foundation. As a person in recovery, he recognizes the need for holistic services to heal and start a new and better way of living. Trey raised over one million dollars for the foundation with The Beacon Jams collective of shows during the pandemic. At The Divided Sky Residential Recovery Program, we have created a program for people who want recovery. Our non-clinical model is designed to motivate and inspire without judgment. We recognize that addiction is a disease and not an absence of willpower.

At The Divided Sky Residential Recovery Program, we teach our guests to make positive changes and work toward the best versions of themselves. Being in recovery means being proactive in one’s life. Guests learn the importance of setting boundaries, being honest with themselves and others, and designing a healthy and stable life free from mood-altering substances. Contact us by completing our online form or calling 888.509.1176 to learn if The Divided Sky Residential Recovery Program is the right place for you or a loved one to take charge of life.

Our recovery programs include, but are not limited to:

  • 12-Step program
  •  Life Skills
  •  Recreational Activities
  • Emotional Sobriety
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Y12SR
  • Family engagement
  • Volunteering

With the right combination of programs and the support of our community, recovery is an achievable goal.

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Feeling hopeless is a state of mind that people experience during active addiction. We instill hope in our guests with workshops and programming that help to envision a life not only free from substances but a life where they can thrive and flourish. That tiny seed of hope can lead to the confidence needed to take that next step. Recovery is hard work, but it is worth every bit of energy to find that freedom.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all” – Dale Carnegie.

Melanie Gulde, Program Director

Melanie was born and raised on Long Island NY and has worked with people in recovery from addictions for over 25 years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services with a focus on Addictions Counseling and holds an advanced credential in alcohol and substance abuse counseling. Melanie has worked as an outpatient counselor, prevention educator, alternative sentencing program coordinator and was employed with the NY State Unified Court System as program manager for the Felony Drug Court in Washington County for 17 years.

Melanie’s vision for the Divided Sky Residential Recovery Program stems from her strong desire to help others. She imagines a program that empowers individuals in early recovery to seek out their strengths and use them to thrive and flourish. Melanie has facilitated groups that focus on Emotional Sobriety. These groups encourage self-awareness and right action. She believes that awareness begins the process of change. If we are committed to do the work involved in achieving emotional sobriety, our chances of sustained recovery increase significantly.

Sober since 1995, Melanie understands the importance of being in recovery and the invaluable connection it provides in working with others. As a result of her own recovery & years of working with those seeking recovery, Melanie is skilled in identifying strengths in people that they may not see in themselves. She hopes to help these people find these strengths & grow in recovery.

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Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW, Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research at the University of Utah, developed MORE by translating fundamental discoveries from neuroscience into therapeutic strategies to treat addiction, emotional distress, and physical pain, while simultaneously increasing healthy pleasure, meaning in life, and self-transcendence. In a recent NIH-funded clinical trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine, MORE was shown to be twice as effective as standard therapy for treating addiction and chronic pain.

Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) is an evidence-based mental training program, supported by more than 12 clinical trials and over $40 million in federal research grants, that unites complementary aspects of mindfulness training, “Third Wave” cognitive-behavioral therapy, and principles from positive psychology into an integrative therapeutic approach. 

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Allen Berger Ph.D. 

Allen Berger, PhD is a popular public speaker and nationally recognized expert on the science of recovery. His passion for expanding on the idea of Emotional Sobriety, first proposed by Bill Wilson, a founder of AA, in a letter to AA Grapevine in 1953, has led to him becoming the most recognized thought leader on the methods to practicing Emotional Sobriety. He is the author of six books. 

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