A Colorado native, Julia studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Colorado State University near her hometown of Fort Collins. Upon graduation, Julia decided to spend some time re-connecting with her longtime love of backpacking. She embarked on the Colorado Trail, a 496-mile thru-hike, which ultimately helped Julia learn the skills necessary to survive and thrive in the backcountry.
Julia was first called to wilderness therapy because it drew upon her own life experiences background. As a teenager, Julia went through her own healing journey in a treatment setting - which is what inspired her to study Psychology and work in a therapeutic setting. Additionally, Julia believes nature played a major role in her own growth as a human. She feels that the wilderness setting has a unique ability to foster resiliency in the face of adversity. When Julia heard about Open Sky, she saw a program that combined her passion for helping others with her love of nature and knew it was the perfect fit.
As a Senior Field Guide, Julia utilizes her personal experience, academic background, and love of nature to support the students and staff around her. The thing Julia values most about her role as a Senior is helping others discover their inner strength and create habits that lead to healthy behavioral change. Julia feels incredibly lucky that her role allows her to be part of a student’s transformation at Open Sky. Julia is also a strong believer in Open Sky’s holistic approach; she is a strong proponent of incorporating yoga, mindfulness and meditation practices into her team’s daily routine when working out in the field.
Julia brings fun and creativity to the guides and students she works with. She is a strong believer that finding your voice through self-expression is a valuable tool and loves helping others discover their own tools and forms of creative expression.
During her time off, Julia loves hiking (of course), backpacking, doing yoga and pursuing different forms of creative expression. Right now, Julia is most passionate about playing the ukulele, painting, and just making art with whatever medium is around her. At her home in Mancos, CO, Julia enjoys spending time with her loyal pup Juno and taking care of the hummingbird circus that has taken up residency in her backyard.