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Julia Conley, BA, EMT

Senior Guide

With a degree in mathematics and sociology from Bowdoin College, and years of falling in love with the Maine woods and waters, Julia sought opportunities to make classrooms 'spaces of adventure.' After graduating, she taught in a cognitive disabilities classroom in Montana, was an English teacher in rural Nepal, and a physics lab instructor in Maine. Her desire to teach and expand students’ capacities brought her to Open Sky, where each assignment is individualized and the wilderness serves as the ultimate teacher.

Having served as a Senior Guide at Open Sky, Julia brings a foundation of levity and laughter to her teams. Through modeling an ability to be simultaneously silly and motivated, she inspires students to find comfort and confidence in their authentic selves. She strongly believes that no victory is too small to celebrate and finds joy in the multitudes of teaching moments, especially student to student. Julia has adapted these strengths to support Open Sky students as a Field Medic. She is passionate about being an advocate for each student in the field, and providing them with the physiological care that enables them to fully experience Open Sky.

In her time off, Julia fills her days running long distances slowly, mountain biking and skiing with her friends, and experimenting with vegan baking. She also reminds herself to slow down through journaling and writing letters.


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.