Young Adults

Open Sky works with a wide variety of young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age. For many, turning 18 is a highly anticipated moment in their lives; a time of freedom and being on one’s own, of being unburdened by parental constraints. For others, young adulthood can be confusing and difficult. Many of our young adults are motivated to make this full-fledged move into the maturity of adulthood and yet are hampered by self-doubt, lack of motivation, substance abuse, depression, addictions, or anxiety. With the most clinically sophisticated and comprehensive treatment available, we can effectively address a wide diversity of issues for teenagers to assist them in becoming healthy young men and women.


Young Adult Profiletwo young adult students smiling

Open Sky is an appropriate fit for a wide range of young adults, ages 18 to 28.  There is no "typical" young adult in the Open Sky program.  Many of our young adults are hampered by self-doubt, lack of motivation, substance abuse, depression, addictions, or anxiety. With an individualized, strengths-based approach, Open Sky assists young adults in becoming healthy, capable, and confident young men and women. Learn More



Guide teaching adult student how to make a bow drill fireOur Approach with Young Adults

We believe that all young adults have unique needs and especially those that are struggling with such issues as depression, motivation, anger, self-esteem, drug use, anxiety and finding it difficult to figure out what to do with their lives. At Open Sky, there are eight key principles to our approach in working with young adults: treat young adults as adults, creating authentic connections, providing a genuine healing community, inspiring self-confidence through real successes, harnessing nature's healing capacity, providing real life skills, finding direction, and celebration and ceremony.  Learn More



The Four Directionsfour directions depicted in ceremony

We utilize an age-old system, based upon wisdom traditions from various cultures throughout the world, for guiding students while on their healing journey at Open Sky. With sincere respect for the origins and application of the four directions, we have adopted and combined aspects of it with contemporary wilderness therapy methods. We have translated the teachings of the four directions into a format for our students to use as a tool for their growth and learning while at Open Sky.  Learn More


Typical Day for Young AdultsDesert Vista

Each week, Open Sky students spend four to five days out on expedition, exploring by backpack the canyon country of Utah during the winter months or the high mountains of Colorado during the summer months.   When students are not out on expedition, they are back at base camp, a simple living environment outfitted with teepees and wall tents, where they do laundry by hand, get weekly food supplies, work on personal assignments, attend wellness lessons, participate in sweat lodges, and meet with their therapist.  Learn More