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Colin Ferring, BA

Senior Guide

Colin Ferring joined Open Sky as a field guide in March 2018. Before Open Sky, he worked at TASC, Inc. as a caregiver in a 24-hour home for people with special needs in Waukon, Iowa. He also worked for two years as a youth development specialist at Camp Augusta in Nevada City, California.

The wilderness has helped Colin in his own life for many years and he’s found it also helps the students he worked with in the field. Colin believes that wilderness works. Period. He was drawn to Open Sky because of its balance between student and family focused treatment. The program allows students to work on their whole selves: body, mind, heart, and spirit.

As a guide, Colin values his ability to connect with students in the field. He values the opportunity to guide students in the physical, mental and emotional realms.

Within a guide team, Colin’s strength is how he connects with others and understands where they are coming from. He also has a playful personality and brings a lot of fun to the team.

In his time off, Colin enjoys rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, trail running, playing music and going on motorcycle rides.

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.