Before joining Open Sky, Ari worked at a non-profit based in Seattle, Washington that specializes in the recovery and distribution of life-saving tissues for transplantation. His role was to speak with family members within one to three hours after losing their loved one and walk them through the process of tissue donation. In this role, Ari developed skills in grief counseling, conflict resolution, and empathic listening. He was drawn to these intense conversations and encouraged by his capacity to help suffering individuals and families.
His love of wilderness and desire to find work that involved healing and connecting with people face-to-face led him to Open Sky. As a guide, he most values the sheer amount of time spent in the field with the students. Within any given shift, he has eight days to collaborate with his students on new ways of interacting with their peers, themselves, and the wilderness. He feels most fulfilled when he can help students feel safe enough and free enough to try new ways to experience themselves. He brings his love of music and humor into the field every week. The combination of the two builds relationship, breaks down students’ preconceived notions of authority and hierarchy, and often catalyzes creative and meaningful experiences.
On his time off, Ari is often cooking, playing music, dancing, skiing, climbing, fishing, or running. Something most people do not know about him is that he lived in Jerusalem for three years in high school and speaks fluent Hebrew.