Norman Elizondo

Norman Elizondo, BS

Family Wellness Counselor


Norman has worked with adolescents and families in wilderness therapy since 1998 as a senior field guide, field trainer, field director, education director, and graduation coordinator. Norman was born in the Philippines but grew up in Chicago and earned his BS in Business Management from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a part owner of Open Sky.

In 1998, shortly after his mother passed away from cancer, Norman took his ailing mother’s advice to pursue “right work” by striving to relieve suffering and confusion for people. Following the lead of several Chicago-area friends, he began as a field guide at Aspen Achievement Academy where he served over 500 days as a field guide and eventually became Education Director and Field Director.  He joined the Open Sky team as an original field guide and worked with the first students in the summer of 2006.

Norman brings vast and varied experience in wilderness therapy working with families, teens, and young adults. He has studied and practiced yoga since the mid-nineties and is a devoted meditation practitioner as a member of the Dhyanasangha community of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a Buddhist community based in Crestone, Colorado. Norman is known for his adept counseling skills, creative and powerful ceremony facilitation, compassion, and his insightfulness when working with families, students, and guides at Open Sky.

When not assisting families at graduation, hosting the weekly family support teleconferences, or facilitating Wellness Weekends, Norman can be found watching a movie from his large personal collection, cooking delicious and elaborate meals, mountain biking, or participating in a meditation retreat.