Solstice East

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls located in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

Specializing in trauma, loss and attachment issues, the foundation of Solstice East lies in relationship-based treatment—emphasizing high levels of family intervention, emotional safety, healthy boundaries, and a phase program based on the archetypal hero’s journey.

Because many trauma survivors also suffer from comorbid anxiety, mood disorders, low self-esteem, addictions and other unhealthy coping mechanisms, Solstice East provides state-of-the art treatment for all of these issues.

Each week our students receive 3 hours of individual/family therapy and another 15+ hours of group therapy and experiential interventions.  Solstice East emphasizes physical fitness and nutrition—including daily workouts as well as healthy foods and nutrition classes.

Recognized by the state of North Carolina as a certified non-public school, our academic classes are taught in a conventional classroom setting by certified secondary education and special education teachers.

Implementing all of the aforementioned services in an owner-operated setting, Solstice East facilitates each student’s journey away from being a victim of her traumatic experiences towards becoming the hero of her own life story.


I came to Solstice East struggling with relationships because of trust issues. Solstice East helped me let my guard down and trust people.

Allison, 16 Solstice East
AllisonAge 16


Phone: (828) 484 – 9928



City: Weaverville, North Carolina

Closest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport


Average Duration:  9 -12 months.

Who we Help: Girls between the ages of 14-18.

Student Profile:

  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Adoption & Attachment Issues
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Low Self-esteem

Read More About Solstice East

A Residential Treatment Center for Girls 14-17
  • Rick Pollard
    Rick Pollard
    Executive Director - Solstice East
Rick Pollard
Executive Director - Solstice East

Rick brings his extensive and varied experience to be our Executive Director and received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Mercer University. He was employed as a retail District Leader for 16 years before he began his life-changing career in schools. In 2004, he began with the inaugural team of New Leaf Academy of NC, an all girls’ therapeutic boarding school that he helped lead over 5 years. He continued his career in therapeutic education as he led admissions teams for wilderness programs, assisting families with placements for a variety of diagnoses. During the 3 years prior to joining the team at Solstice East, he was Assistant Head of School at Brandon Hall School, an independent boarding school in Atlanta, GA. Rick joined Solstice East in 2015 and considers it a privilege to lead the caring Solstice East team that brings so much positive change and healing to the lives of adolescents and their families. Outside of Solstice East, Rick is pursuing his PhD and with occasional free time, he enjoys a variety of activities including kayaking, hiking, singing, printmaking and painting. He loves his daily walks and time with his Yorkshire terrier daughters, Katy and BeBe.

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. —Thomas Merton

click here to go to Solstice East