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Cahill Shpall, BA

Senior Guide

Cahill (named after a fly-fishing fly!) has been guiding in some form since he was 15 years old, when he first began teaching young people how to ride horses. This progressed into guiding dude string horseback rides in Grand Teton National Park; outfitting a horse packing biological field expedition for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; leading outdoor education trips through the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps; and instructing winter survival courses in northern New Mexico. 

Upon reflecting on his previous guiding experience, Cahill found he felt most connected to the students when they were able to have deep, heartfelt conversations about the struggles or joys that the trip was bringing up for them. This pattern over time led him to see the power of the wilderness and its healing effects. Once this seed was planted, he pursued wilderness therapy. Cahill appreciates how Open Sky's pairs a clinical, scientific approach (which satisfies his “inner biologist”) with the healing powers of nature. He was also drawn to Open Sky's emphasis on mindfulness and holistic healing.  

As a field guide, Cahill greatly values holding space for others and creating a container in the wilderness for healing and progress to occur. His years of mindfulness practice have helped him see reality with a clear mind and determine what he is seeing and where his biases are. This clarity of vision is one of his strengths as a guide. A pillar of his existence is truth; he is straightforward and communicates clearly and concisely. Cahill brings passion and humor to his job and his life, with a love of spreading joy and laughter. 

During his time off, you can find Cahill at a crag somewhere climbing; learning more about the nuances of training horses; or in the woods trying to pick up the trail of some creature so he can have delicious, natural, and ethically procured protein to fuel him through life! He also loves painting, reading history and fantasy books, cooking, and making knives. His secret talent is picking up his dropped hat off the ground while on horseback, without getting out of the saddle. 

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.