Welcome to EPIC Adventures
EPIC Adventures is a team of trained, experienced leaders, trainers and facilitators specializing in corporate leadership training/team building and adventure therapy training and consultation.
Team building is the process of turning a group of individual employees into a cohesive team, a group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of their customers and accomplishing their purpose and goals. Team building generally involves structured activities and exercises that employees participate in either in the office or outside the office environment. EPIC Adventures is the premier, adventure-based team building provider in the South Florida and Treasure Coast area!
Adventure therapy is an emerging, cutting-edge treatment model in the psychotherapy field, which focuses on physically active and experiential approaches that engage, challenge and educate. These activities are designed to embody lessons and skills that teach individuals how to overcome life’s difficult situations and gain valuable personal insights. We utilize physical activity, the natural environment and specially designed experiential activities that elicit powerful emotions and allow you the opportunity to practice coping mechanisms in a real-world environment followed by in depth processing, gentle yet powerful challenges, and environmental inspiration. We believe that learning and change is an ACTIVE process and therapy needs to take us out of our comfort zones and into new, exciting adventures.
Founded in January 2016, EPIC Adventures is the culmination of a dream. Co-owners and founders Mike Phillips and Ricky Santiago met while working together at an adventure-based substance abuse treatment center and found they shared the same passion for adventure-based treatment and a desire to bring these powerful interventions to everyone both in corporate and therapeutic settings – this is the heart of and mission of EPIC Adventures!!
Whether you are young or old, an athlete or a couch potato, a social butterfly or an introvert, EPIC Adventures can help you and/or your team launch your great journey of transformation!!
Listen to Ricky Santiago's interview on "The Addicted Mind" podcast sharing his passion for adventure therapy
Our Adventure Blog
The conflicts that often arise in teams can make you want to throw up your arms in despair, retreat to your office, and live out your career in solitude. But collaboration is required in most workplaces and, while it isn’t easy, there are steps you can take today to...read more
In EPIC Adventures’ work with our corporate clients, we find that, even though employee turnover is such an obvious and serious issue, there are many business owners who still underestimate the financial ramifications of constantly losing and then having to replace...read more
Some noticeable changes are taking place in the exciting world of team building. As we progress into 2019, companies are wise to pay close attention to these principles and innovations to create more effective teams in their workplaces. A Drive Towards Smaller Groups...read more
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Michael Phillips, MS, EMDR, CF-L1
Co-Owner / Adventure Facilitator
Mike originally from New Jersey moved to sunny south Florida in 2004 to attend Lynn University. Mike currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling. Mike began his professional career as stock trader and later entered the counseling field to pursue his true passion for people and helping them achieve their true potential. He is also a noted entrepreneur, owning and operating several businesses including CrossFit First Step, M&J Equity Group and The Crossfit Squad in addition to EPIC Adventures.
Mike's journey began in 2012 to become an influential counselor while working in a substance abuse treatment center in Hobe Sound Fl. Mike's time here was influential to his development. Mike specializes in using an eclectic spectrum of clinical modalities to enable clients to foster long term recovery. Some of Mike’s specialties include Adventure Based Therapy, Recreational Therapy, EMDR therapy, CrossFit infused therapy, Nutrition, Psychodrama, and Motivational Interviewing. Mike is a proud member of the AEE and is looking forward to contributing to the continued growth of Adventure/Experiential therapy.
Outside of the office Mike enjoys coaching CrossFit as well as participating/competing in CrossFit competitions. He also spends his time playing lacrosse for the Palm Beach men’s team and coaching high school Lacrosse players to help develop their skills on and off the field. If you can’t find Mike on the field or in the gym scan the coast line and most likely you’ll find him free diving/snorkeling. Mike has a true passion for the outdoors and people. He comes alive when given the opportunity to connect his two passions.
Ricardo A Santiago, LMHC, MS
Co-Owner / Adventure Facilitator / Trainer
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