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Kelsey Smith, BA

Senior Guide

Kelsey’s prior experience includes time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, leading agroforestry projects and providing nutritional education to young mothers. In this work, Kelsey gained valuable leadership skills, grit, and resilience. Kelsey has also provided horseback riding instruction for youth and young adults.

Kelsey joined the Open Sky team as a field guide because she appreciates the program’s holistic approach to health and wellness, including the focus on addressing the mind, body, and spirit. Kelsey also believes in the importance of family engagement in the therapeutic process and values Open Sky’s family-centered approach.

 As a field guide, Kelsey enjoys being part of a community that holds space for people to build strong relationships with others and with wilderness. She feels honored to have the opportunity to be part of a student’s journey and to facilitate wilderness education in the process.

 When not field guiding, Kelsey likes to travel, hike, trail run, practice yoga, hang out in coffee shops, and ride horses. She competes in an equestrian sport called eventing, which includes dressage, cross-country, and show jumping.

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.