Solstice (AKA Solstice West), Solstice East, Equinox, Asheville Academy, Journey Home, and Journey Home East — Introduction

Syracuse Utah (Original Solstice Program, AKA Solstice West)
Black Mountain North Carolina (Asheville Academy)
Bat Cave (Hendersonville P.O.) North Carolina (Equinox)
Layton Utah (Journey Home)
Asheville North Carolina (Journey Home East)

Weaverville North Carolina  (Solstice East)

Helen and Tom visited the North Carolina programs listed above during the week of June 18, 2017.  We in the process of adding reviews on each program based on what was learned during those visits, and converting this page into an overall review of the entire Solstice Group.  We are also removing Asheville Academy comments from being intertwined with Solstice comments.

Our reviews are generally either about an umbrella group of programs or individual programs. The Solstice programs are part of Family Help and Wellness (FHW) and we have a review page about that group.  However those listed in our title are even more closely connected to each other than the others in the FHW group. The two operating programs using the "Solstice" name are two of those. The third is the Equinox RTC for boys, opened in January 2017.

This is further complicated by the fact that Asheville Academy, also a program of FHW, had been sharing a campus with Solstice East until mid January 2017, but now is on its completely separate campus in Black Mountain, NC. the former site of the now closed Stone Mountain School. At one time, Asheville Academy and Solstice East shared an Executive Director.  Asheville Academy has no remaining connection with the Solstice programs except that they are all FHW programs and Solstice East and Asheville Academy obtain their educational services through Timbersong Academy.

Some history: After Solstice East and Asheville Academy had time to get to know each other, the executive director of Solstice East became simultaneously the executive director of Asheville Academy. At that time the executive director of Asheville Academy became the head of Timbersong  Academy, the academic operation for both Solstice East and Asheville Academy. In addition to that confusion, the Solstice group within FHW plans to open an adolescent boys' program in January 2017 at Bat Cave, North Carolina, directed by Solstice co-founder Kyle Gillett, who has been been the founding director of Solstice East and more recently also the executive director of Asheville Academy. Then even more recently Catherine "Cat" Jennings, the founding director of New Leaf of North Carolina, Lake House, and Asheville Academy, returned to Asheville Academy as executive director.

Timbersong Academy is the private school created for the sole purpose of providing educational services to the North Carolina programs referenced here. See

Finally, the Solstice group has also opened Journey Home, a transition program, in Utah, and Journey Home East in North Carolina.

Our full review of these programs (for members) is on the page created for Solstice West, but does currently include at least some information about the other aforementioned programs. Opening paragraphs there are are nearly identical to what you see above.  To continue reading, and check ratings, become a member and go to that full review.

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Full Review of Solstice and Other Related Programs      

Comparison of Northern Utah RTCs

Website of Solstice

Website of Solstice East

Website of Journey Home

Website of Journey Home East

Website of Equinox

Announcement of Opening of Equinox

Search Post of Solstice

Family Help and Wellness

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Last Updated July 17, 2017

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