We are dependent upon environment, much more than many think, directly and epigenetically. Here are several examples and, in particular, the blossoming of youth at risk in the unique culture of a high mountain wilderness setting. Sharing of poetry and creative expression is included, even about one’s darkest moments, not about a creative product, but about process, risking and revealing, honoring authenticity, group, introspection, trust, and nonjudgmental valuing of others and self-in-process, on a path of opening and healing. This is framed by resonant features of humanistic and positive psychology, chaos and complexity, and relational-cultural theory. All involve dynamic interconnection, growth and change, and at times, new norms and values—as found too by the youth—compared to our prevailing culture.