Courtney took a leap of faith in a career switch from PR & Advertising to the field of wilderness therapy. She joined Open Sky as a field guide in March of 2018. Courtney has found that this new role fills her mind, body and spirit in ways her previous career couldn’t. Prior to either of these roles, she was a camp counselor for youth in Minnesota and taught sailing to kids and adults in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
What stood out the most about Open Sky was the aspect of involving the whole family unit and incorporating mindfulness into daily practice. Courtney believes wholeheartedly that it takes a village for any one individual to grow and thrive, and the family involvement here at Open Sky is inspirational.
In her role as a Senior Guide, Courtney values value how she is asked to simply show up as herself, empowered to explore what makes her tick, and encouraged to push herself into challenge. She strives to go into each shift with playfulness and curiosity. She believes that being light, playful and curious about our world should have no age limit. It’s incredibly important to Courtney to be able to laugh with her community, playfully move our bodies, and create space in our hearts for the warm fuzzy feelings that can come with letting go of judgement for simply having fun.
During her time off, Courtney loves swinging in her porch hammock and watching the wildlife stroll through the yard. Aside from that, she enjoys getting out and trying new adventure sports such as climbing, hiking high in the mountains, sailing on the alpine lakes, and swimming in the river. Originally from the Midwest, living in the Four Corners area has brought Courtney to a whole new world of happiness and adventure.