Purple Mountain Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Purple Mountain Institute (PMI) was established in 1999 with a mission to develop
and/or deliver experiential learning programs to enhance well-being.
Animal-facilitated programs offered to at-risk youth, veterans,
and developmentally disabled participants include Hiking with Goats,
Hoods in the Woods, and Horse Sense.
Through the Mindful Veterans Project (MVP) we teach mindful awareness
skills to veterans, active duty, reserves, national guard
and their immediate families, free of charge.
Dr. Teri Davis
Executive Director, Purple Mountain Institute
Director, Mindful Veterans Project
Dr. Teri Davis is a naturopathic physician (National College of Naturopathic Medicine),
licensed in Arizona since 1978. After years in private practice she established PMI
as a nonprofit organization and took patient-centered healthcare into the arena of
experiential learning. In 2008 she and Richard Vandemark (USMC '64-'67)
co-founded the Mindful Veterans Project.
Teri has completed professional training courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Prolonged Exposure, EFT, and Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning. The MBSR training was with Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, with additional courses at the
Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The PE training was with the Center for Deployment Psychology.
Owner/Outfitter, Purple Mountain Pack Goats
Tommy was in the restaurant business in Aspen, CO and Tucson, AZ for 40 years
before partnering with a group of goats and taking his show into the wilderness.
Operating under a Special Use Permit with the Coronado National Forest,
he offers unique outdoor adventures to all people of all abilities.
Purple Mountain Pack Goats is one of only three commercial packgoat
operations in North America. Tommy has the most experience
and PMI is fortunate that he and his other old goats
lead the hiking and camping programs.
Robert W. "Bob" Phillips
Outreach Coordinator, Mindful Veterans Project
A longtime veteran's activist and advocate, Bob served in the Marine Corps from
1963-1967, including two tours in Viet Nam, '65-'66 & '66-'67.
He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University.
Bob serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Escalante Springs Equine
Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. and participates in trainings with the Nonviolence Legacy Project. He was a Nonviolent Direct Action trainer for the 99% Spring.
All donations to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization are tax deductible.