Emily fell in love with working with youth while she taught English as a Foreign language to adolescent girls in Rabat, Morocco. Following that job, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Tribe, after which she moved to a remote village in Thailand and taught English as a Second Language at a high school for six months. She then pursued employment in wilderness therapy and began at Open Sky in September 2017.
Emily felt drawn to Open Sky, in particular, because of the program’s emphasis on meditation and yoga. In her own journey, Emily found these mindfulness-based practices an essential part of her own personal growth and development. She feels passionate about helping young people in an outdoor setting discover the benefits of a holistic, mind-body-soul approach to health and wellness. In addition, Emily shares Open Sky’s value of family and the family-based treatment model.
As a Senior Field Guide, Emily appreciates how her role enables her to foster deep, meaningful connections with the people around her – guides and students – in a relatively short time frame. Emily believes that her work as a field guide has played a major role in her overall ability to understand other people in a way that allows her to best help them reach their fullest potential. Emily brings hard work, resilience, and a vivacious energy to her guide team – as well as a compassionate approach to leadership and mentoring those around her.
During her free time, Emily is most likely doing something active and/or outdoors. She is passionate about travel and exploring new places and cultures. Emily believes life is lived outside your comfort zone. Her most recent adventure: a month-long 200-hour yoga teacher training program in Guatemala. As a certified yoga instructor in Durango, Emily is passionate about building her practice and teaches classes several days a week to the local community. When she’s not on the mat, Emily enjoys getting her energy out hiking, kickboxing, weight lifting, snowboarding, rock climbing or just camping somewhere in nature with friends. Between activities, Emily finds peace and relaxation in a needle and yarn. In fact, she can knit just about any article of clothing – a potentially useful survival skill, should she need it.