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Whether it’s been three months or 12 years since graduating, stay connected to the Open Sky community and the power of wilderness therapy. We offer many opportunities for alumni students, alumni parents, and Open Sky staff to convene, share, and inspire one another.

Alumni Reunions

Note: Due to the COVID pandemic, we have paused in-person alumni reunion events. We look forward to resuming events when appropriate.

Open Sky alumni events provide unique and meaningful opportunities to reconnect with Open Sky staff, alumni students, and alumni parents. At these events, alumni can immerse themselves in the Open Sky wilderness therapy community, catch up with Open Sky team members, refresh foundational skills, and connect with others who have shared in the Open Sky experience.

Open Sky alumni events, held throughout the year in locations across the country, are designed to bring together alumni at all stages of their journey post-Open Sky. Whether they have graduated six weeks or 12 years prior, students and families who attend Open Sky alumni reunions consistently come away feeling inspired by the journeys of others. Many feel empowered to share their own stories and bond over the common language and experiences shared by the greater Open Sky alumni community. Likewise, Open Sky staff cherish the opportunity to catch up with former students and families and are motivated to continue carrying out life-changing work at Open Sky.

Alumni Student Reconnect Zoom Calls

Open Sky’s monthly reConnect Zoom Call is a resource offered exclusively to Open Sky alumni students. The call takes place on the third Thursday of each month. During the reConnect Call, alumni students reinvigorate the centering and mindfulness skills they learned at Open Sky and have time to share with and hear from other students on the call. This is an opportunity to reconnect with the Open Sky community while building skills, honoring values, and strengthening relationships.

The video conference call is facilitated by a family wellness counselor or primary therapist. The format includes 30 minutes of mindfulness and centering skills practice. This typically includes guided meditation and breathing exercises that bring awareness to thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Following the mindfulness practice, those on the call have an opportunity to check-in. Alumni typically provide their first name, where they’re from, when they were at Open Sky, their team name, and one word that describes how they are feeling in that moment. Alumni also have the opportunity to return to their Open Sky roots with a 4-line feelings check.

During the second half of the call, the facilitator poses a discussion topic that encourages dialogue and sharing. The engagement by the alumni on the call is supportive and thoughtful. No matter where alumni are in their lives, this call provides a space to access support, comfort, and connection with others.

Skylights Newsletter

The SKYlights newsletter is a seasonal publication distributed to parents, alumni, educational consultants, mental health professionals, and the Open Sky community. The e-newsletter contains news announcements, updates, staff spotlights, alumni testimonials, and excerpts from Open Sky blogs and podcast episodes. Anyone wishing to stay updated on all things Open Sky can access the most recent issue of SKYlights here.

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Social Media Channels

Open Sky is active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Be sure to follow us! You’ll catch glimpses of our stunning course areas, inside looks at team expeditions, anecdotes from staff and alumni, and insight into foundational components of our programming. We share blog articles, alumni testimonials, staff spotlights, and exciting announcements. Engaging with our social media platforms is an excellent way to stay connected and share the power of wilderness therapy with others.

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What Alumni are saying

“I love the reconnect-calls that they do monthly! It’s a great way to remind me of all I learned at the program and to reconnect myself to the amazing memories I made in the Utah high desert. This program has done so much for me and I am truly grateful that they offer the calls for no charge. They truly want everyone to keep the skills they have learned in the wilderness with them for the rest of their lives!”

― Baer, Alumni Student (2019)