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Gabriel Hughes

Senior Guide

Gabriel attended Prescott College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a focus in natural history and ecology and a minor in ecopsychology. He gained valuable experience in the experiential and hands-on studies at Prescott, a school that excels in outdoor leadership.

Gabriel was attracted to wilderness therapy because he learned to value nature and connection to it through backpacking trips in the Northeast. His own struggles with anxiety and depression drew him to work in the mental health field and have given him empathy for others experiencing these challenges. As a field guide at Open Sky, he has the opportunity to combine his love of nature and his passion for improving mental health.

As a field guide, Gabriel values the ability to deepen his own process of healing while holding space for adolescents and young adults in the healing setting of nature. He values how much the guides and students share gratitudes. He also loves to be a part of someone’s journey becoming the best and most healthy version of themselves mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Gabriel’s strengths are his compassion, intuition, and authenticity.

During his time off, Gabriel likes to mountain bike, summit mountains, soak in hot springs, listen to his favorite hip hop and afro-funk artists, and have fun with friends. He loves to jump, whether jumping high to catch a disk, a running jump to clear a gap in the rocks, or jumping while dancing his heart out.

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.