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Kali Swindell, BS

Senior Guide

Before joining Open Sky, Kali worked in the corporate field of healthcare at a major healthcare organization. She then worked for a consulting firm for nonprofits, specializing in raising money for hospitals, regional health practices, educational institutions, and mental health companies.

Kali was initially drawn to wilderness therapy because a close family member participated in a wilderness therapy program as a teenager. Kali grew up escaping to mountains, water, and woods to find peace with her own struggles. She came to Open Sky for the community, both in the field and in Durango, and that is definitely what will keep her here.

As a Field Guide, Kali values being a part of all the little moments the wilderness brings – challenge bow drilling, fear of the unknown, shouting off a mountain top, laughter and tears (sometimes both), and the sparks of growth and change that we may not notice in those moments, but eventually get to witness in so many ways.

Kali likes to believe her laughter is contagious and she (almost) always deals with ridiculousness with a sense of humor. She brings her full heart to her relationships with students and her guide team – and as a New England native, she definitely values her direct sense of communication.

During her time off, Kali spends most of her time catching up with family and friends and her kindle. In the summer, she’s on the river, and in the winter, she’s on the slopes.

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.