Austin spent five years travelling and living in 25 countries while volunteering, teaching English, sailing on a tall ship, and learning Italian before discovering her passion for the outdoors. She began guiding seasonal trips for teenagers both in the United States and internationally and was able to experience the healing power of bringing people into the wilderness. She received several recommendations for Open Sky and joined our team in October 2015.
During her two and a half years as a field guide and senior guide, Austin valued the connections that are formed in the field: a deeper connection to self, a more authentic connection to others, and an intimate connection to the wilderness. In her teams, Austin sought out opportunities for teamwork – delegating roles and bringing a sense of belonging and purpose in daily life, drawing from individual strengths and challenging the growth edges. She brought creativity and a love of art into the field and inspired those around her to seek out the magic that surrounds us. Field guiding taught her that being present is the greatest gift she can offer both herself and those around her.
Drawn to working more with families, she transitioned roles in 2018 to be a family services wilderness guide on Family Quests™. Austin brings an open, nonjudgmental, and attuned heart into the field. She considers supporting families in this vulnerable, transformative, and healing work be sacred and an incredible honor to witness. As family services manager, Austin has the privilege to share her years of field experience as a mentor for the family services team.
When not working in the field, Austin spends her time on the countless trails of the southwest with her dog, Zia, exploring desert canyons, soaking in hot springs along rivers, and admiring wildflowers in the high country. She enjoys hiking, rafting, pottery, listening to podcasts, and spending intentional quality time with her loved ones.