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Maureen (Mo) Michaelson

Senior Guide

Prior to joining Open Sky in 2018 as a guide, Mo was a teacher for five years on and off. She taught mostly in third world countries and spent several years traveling the world. These experiences taught her a lot about people, body language, communicating, and camping at all times in many different environments.

Nature has been a consistent source of growth in Mo’s life. It is a teacher and gives her perspective and the time and space to think and process. Mo was drawn to Open Sky, specifically, because of its emphasis on the four directions, which is very important to her and has shaped the ways she has grown.

As a guide, Mo values the sincere and pure human connection and connection with the earth. Her strengths are listening, reflecting, being supportive, staying on task, communicating, and adding humor.

In her free time, Mo loves to read. She is also an herbalist and a studying acupuncturist in Durango. She also really enjoys fixing cars. Mo is a scuba diving instructor and worked as a commercial fisherman for several years around the world.

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.