Luna first came to Open Sky in 2012 with a background in art, yoga, and personal transformative wilderness experiences during her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There she majored in Art (Photography mainly) and also took part in two different three-month long immersions into the wilderness. One of those was called Sierra Institute in which she studied Nature Philosophy and Eco-psychology. It was on that trip that Luna acquired her lasting nickname “Luna” which was derived from her trail name “Lunamoth.”
She was also fortunate enough to spend another three months almost completely in the wild in her Natural History Field Quarter course in which she learned more about the natural world from the perspective of ecology, geology, and natural history in general. The blend of those two experiences planted a deep-seated love of nature inside her heart and soul. Her experience, particularly on her Sierra Institute course, dramatically changed her life by instilling new values of self-love, connection to nature, and an unshakable belief in the power of authenticity in connection to others.
This led her toward becoming a field guide at Open Sky. She was a field guide from May 2012-September 2014 working mostly with adolescent girls and some with adolescent boys. Though she moved back to Santa Cruz, CA in Fall 2014, Luna could not stay away from the beauty and meaning she found in guiding and returned as a guide again in Summer 2016, Fall 2017, and Summer 2018.
Then, in Fall 2018 Luna entered new territory: the office. Now she works behind the front desk navigating paperwork, compliance tracking, phone calls, emails, scanning, and various other tasks that happen behind the scenes to help Open Sky Wilderness Therapy function efficiently. She is grateful for her dynamic experience as an employee of Open Sky. It has inspired her to pursue her own path towards becoming a therapist and in January 2019 she began an online Master’s in Counseling course through Prescott College.
Luna’s other interests include singing in nature and in song circles, teaching and practicing yoga, NIA dance, ecstatic dance, rites of passage, face painting, sparkles, astrology, warm days outside, the beach, nearly anything near a body of water, and watching reruns of Friends and That 70’s Show.