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Dan Hayden

Senior Guide

Dan joined Open Sky as a field guide in 2018. Prior to this, he worked in a community called Camphill, where he lived and worked alongside adults with developmental differences, building community and healthy relationships along the way. During his time there, he was exposed to the important impact that nature has on each individual. He worked and lived full-time on a 600-acre farm with people from all over the world, of different ages and backgrounds. Everyone played their part in making the daily routine as smooth as possible.

Dan heard about wilderness therapy from two former Open Sky guides. He was drawn to the opportunity to relate to, listen to, learn from, and help direct people struggling with their own issues. He loves being able to show students with confidence that wherever they are at in their lives, it is a stepping stone. Through his own experience, he helps them to make the most of this opportunity they have. Dan also values connecting with both nature and people at the same time. He is constantly learning through working with the students and fellow guides, and through looking inward to see where he can improve as a better human.

Within a guide team, Dan's strengths are his openness, honesty, and ability to ask for help when he needs it. He is a good listener and is able to empathize with and support the people he works with. He loves bringing light-hearted energy when the moment is right and reminding his guide team of how awesome this job truly is.

During his time off, Dan loves to play basketball. He enjoys trying new things, such as climbing, hiking, swimming, and exploring new places. He also enjoys working with his hands. (He was a carpenter for 5 years!) When he's relaxing, he likes to read, listen to music, and write songs or poems. Dan loves to sing. He was in a band for a period of time and grew up performing in community theater. He even auditioned for American Idol!

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.