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September 14th, 2017

From Flickering Ember to Roaring Fire: Sam’s Journey of Transformation

Week 1-4: Old Patterns and New Options When I first met Sam, an adolescent boy in Team Avatar, his eyes were heavy and downcast. He was sarcastic, apathetic and sluggish. He argued for the sake of arguing. One day, I was working with him on fire busting (the term we use for starting a fire […]

August 30th, 2017

Open Sky Attends Wilderness Therapy Symposium to Learn, Grow, and Honor Excellence

Last week, Open Sky staff members had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Wilderness Therapy Symposium (WTS) in Park City, Utah. The WTS provides opportunities to explore topics related to wilderness therapy, advance knowledge, build community, and recognize excellence. The event is held bi-annually by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH). Open Sky’s Program Director, […]

August 23rd, 2017

Making Connections: Evaluating Technology Use with Mindfulness and Intention

My husband is a software engineer who telecommutes and is passionate about technology. As you can imagine, our home hums with machines and gadgets powered by the latest and greatest software. One positive about this is our ongoing conversations about technology addiction. When he worked for a large video game company, I would (somewhat jokingly) […]

August 15th, 2017

Aaron Fernandes and Danny Frazer featured in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council’s new video

Open Sky Founder & CEO, Aaron Fernandes, and Open Sky Program Director, Danny Frazer, were honored to participate in the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council’s new video, which highlights the council’s flagship event, the Wilderness Therapy Symposium! The Wilderness Therapy Symposium is an annual gathering of wilderness and adventure therapy programs and practitioners. Danny Frazer also […]

August 4th, 2017

Field Guiding and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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.