Tumbelin Farm

Tumbelin Farm is a Baptist Care SA residential rehabilitation adventure therapy program for young people aged 16 to 24 who are struggling with their use of alcohol and drugs. 

Tumbelin is a Ngarrindjeri word meaning awaken and live. Located in the Mt Lofty Ranges about 45 minutes from Adelaide, Tumbelin Farm is a working property and has capacity for four young people aged 16-24 to stay in a therapeutic, community setting. Building capacity for positive, healthy relationships is at the heart of how residents are supported to become awake and alive by addressing their experience of drug or alcohol use and how it has interfered with their life.

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Tumbelin Farm residents participate in four areas that make up the day-to-day schedule.

Adventure Life
Getting out into nature and camping, bushwalking, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking creates opportunities for young people to take responsibility, discover strengths and learn new ways of being. It also helps clients to experience the rush of achievement, overcome perceived limits and connect their relapse prevention strategies to practical experiences.

Farm Life
Working alongside the team’s farmer, residents assist in the day-to-day management of the property. This could include collecting eggs, feeding the calves, fencing, tending to the veggie garden, building projects, general maintenance and more. Clients gain the experience of a hard day’s work and being part of a team, realising strengths and skills in the process. 

Understanding our story and where we’ve come from helps us to look forward. Clients engage regularly with the Counsellor, Case Manager and group work activities to help them understand triggers, implement strategies to overcome cravings, learn about how grief, loss and trauma play a role in addiction and begin their journey of recovery. This is a powerful opportunity for clients to make sense of where they are at, and then launch into a future of hope, meaning and long-term purpose. In addition, we provide support and resources for the clients family, friends and support network as they experience their own journey of change alongside their loved ones.

Home Life
Residents take an active role in ensuring the functioning of the house works. Clients will be part of the roster which covers cooking, cleaning, shopping, putting out the bins etc., all the things required for a normal household to function. Clients learn valuable life skills and are supported by our House Parents who oversee the night component of the journey. Having trusting, nurturing and predictable relationships is a key part of recovery and this is what our Home Life is able to offer.

A resident’s journey with Tumbelin Farm can be up to 12 months and includes the following:

Engagement (1-3 Months) – This includes intake and assessment, withdrawal pathway and making clear the pathway to entry into Tumbelin Farm residential.

Residential Rehabilitation (up to 6 months) – The residential is a 24/7 live-in experience and includes all aspects of the four life’s as described above.

Community Re-Engagement (3 months) – we support clients for up to 3 months after they complete their residential component. This part includes regular phone calls and visits to ensure what started during residents at Tumbelin Farm continues upon re-entry home.

Alumni (ongoing) – clients who complete a minimum of four weeks are eligible to be part of our alumni. Alumni are invited to invest back into the current residents and can include joining in on-farm days or adventure activities as well as other arranged activities.

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Baptist Care SA, lives, works and walks on Kaurna, Permangk and Boandik lands. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the state’s first peoples, recognise their traditional ownership, and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, deep connection and continued guardianship of land and waters. We value the contributions of Elders past and present, and are committed to learning from those emerging.