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Elizabeth Bercel, BS

Senior Guide

Before working for Open Sky, Elizabeth spent a year working as a field guide for a wilderness therapy program in Alaska based around sea canoeing and backpacking expeditions. Aside from working with at-risk youth specifically, she has also spent multiple seasons guiding educational river and land-based programs for youth and adult groups on the Colorado Plateau.

Wilderness therapy initially intrigued Elizabeth because it combines human connection with connection to wild places, which are two passions of hers. She believes in the power of wilderness to heal and connect us to one another and ourselves, with the right framework and therapeutic support. She was specifically attracted to Open Sky for its focus on healing families as a whole, as well as Open Sky's commitment to incorporating holistic healing into all aspects of programming.

As a field guide, Elizabeth most values being able to help empower others to find and utilize their potential through self-awareness and self-efficacy. She also loves hanging out in beautiful places all the time! Elizabeth’s strengths within a guide team are her logistical leadership, competency, and experience in wilderness skills, resiliency, authenticity, and growth mindset.

During her time off, Elizabeth enjoys rafting, canoeing, biking, time with loved ones, listening to music, and cooking tasty food.

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.