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August 25th, 2020

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August 25th, 2020

Full Circle: A Conversation with Sam Verutti, Clinical Therapist for Adolescent Boys

Meet Sam Verutti, MSW, clinical therapist for adolescent boys at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. Sam’s clinical approach is enriched by his childhood immersed in the outdoors, his experience as a wilderness therapy student, and over three years working as an Open Sky field guide. His journey has come full circle since earning his Master’s of […]

August 10th, 2020

Jason’s Day Virtual 5K – Sign Up Today!

October is Therapeutic Wilderness Awareness Month! In recognition of this, we invite you to join The Jason William Hunt Foundation (JWHF) and wilderness programs across the country in the Jason’s Day Virtual 5K Charity Event! The JWHF exists to raise and provide financial aid for teens at-risk to attend to Therapeutic Wilderness Expedition Treatment Programs […]

August 4th, 2020

Virtual Wellness Weekend: An Opportunity for Personal Growth and Connection

Wellness Weekend has been a foundational component of family programming at Open Sky since our inception in 2006. It is one of the hallmarks of Open Sky’s family-centered approach. Guided by a team of Open Sky professionals, families participate in rejuvenating and healing activities that our students participate in each day, including yoga, meditation, and […]

July 13th, 2020

Open Sky Launches New YouTube Channel

Open Sky has launched a new YouTube channel! Visit and subscribe today! On Open Sky’s new YouTube channel, you can get a virtual glimpse of our Colorado and Utah course areas, get to know our clinical experts, learn about field guiding, and discover what sets Open Sky apart in the field of wilderness therapy. If […]

June 30th, 2020

“The Weekly” Online Magazine Features Open Sky

The online magazine “The Weekly” featured Open Sky in their June 23 issue. The Weekly is a publication of Outdoor Retailer, and “brings retailers, brands, reps, designers, athletes, media, nonprofits, activists, artists, political decision makers, influencers, and other attendees of the trade show in-depth news about the outdoor industry, products, conservation, and the ongoing effort […]

June 23rd, 2020

SKYlights Podcast returns with all new episodes!

Open Sky Wilderness Therapy’s SKYlights Podcast returns this week with brand new episodes! Executive Director Emily Fernandes hosts new conversations with our clinical experts on a variety of topics such as healthy communication, parenting styles, the link between trauma and addiction, and successful transitions, to name a few. The SKYlights podcast is geared toward parents […]

June 19th, 2020

Morgan Seymour Featured on the Smart Social Podcast

Catch Clinical Therapist Morgan Seymour’s interview on the Smart Social Podcast! In the episode, “Identifying Warning Signs of a Gaming Disorder,” released on June 18, 2020, Morgan speaks with podcast host Josh Ochs about gaming addiction, warning signs, and what parents can do. Josh Ochs founded Smart Social to “keep kids safe on social media […]

May 26th, 2020

Opening Doors and Building Connection: A Conversation with Therapist Nick Lenderking-Brill

Get to know Nick Lenderking-Brill, therapist for adolescent boys! Nick began his time at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy as a Family Services intern while pursuing his Master’s degree at Naropa University. With family services, guiding, transport, operations, and clinical experience, Nick’s depth of knowledge and expertise is a huge asset in his work with students […]

May 6th, 2020

“Osprey Stories” Features Open Sky Article on Mental Health

Open Sky is proud to outfit students with the highest quality gear, including Osprey backpacks. The Osprey company was founded more than 25 years ago and is headquartered in Cortez, Colorado—neighbors to Open Sky’s home base in Durango. We are grateful to be featured in the “Osprey Stories” on their website, which shares inspiration, stories, […]

April 16th, 2020

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: A Framework for Field Guiding

If our students acquire the tools necessary to meet their needs for physical safety, emotional safety, love and belonging, and self-esteem, then the realization of their full potential is within reach.