is a campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges.


aims to encourage growth and healing by sharing our stories; to transform communities by inspiring people to open their minds and reframe their view of “detours” into a new direction for life.


What is the Detourist Program?


Detourist Resiliency curriculum is broken down into five modules

  • The Basics of Mental Health

  • Coping Skills

  • Storytelling and Support Systems

  • Living With a Visible and Invisible Illness

  • Creativity Builds Resilience, Leadership and Positive Change


Each module has been adapted for different groups

  • Youth

  • College students

  • Artists

  • “Detourists” of all ages

  • Corporate Companies

About The Program

The open Detourist curriculum is ideal for developing the skills and mindsets which build resiliency, resourcefulness, and agents of change on campus.

The peer-led program will last for 10-weeks, starting with an introduction to leadership and strategies for positive change, devising creative projects to address community issues of their choosing, and culminating in a Detour Day, where the student Detourists-In-Training have the opportunity to share the projects they’ve developed in a way to positively affect those around them.

Detourist Programming can also be paired with Amy’s extensive experience regarding:

Furthermore, Amy’s newly released book, “My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful”, can be licensed to schools at a discounted rate, along with a complete curriculum.

Check out these free worksheets that come with Amy’s Detourist programming

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Bring Detourist Programming to You!

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Are you a Detourist? Yep – you totally are! How can you share your detour?

  • First, read the Guest Post Guidelines.

  • Write to me about it by filling out the Contact form above!

  • Paint your detour, take a picture of it, and tag it with #LoveMyDetour, to be part of my Instagram Detour Challenge, or tweet me!

  • Use ‪#‎LoveMyDetour to scrapbook your travels and know you’re not alone!

  • Check out other Detourist’s Guest Posts here!