Mia joined the Open Sky team as a guide in October 2018. The wilderness has been an amazing space and teacher for Mia, in which she learns about herself and her relationship with the world and others. She came to Open Sky wanting to help more people experience that. She also appreciates that Open Sky works with families, not just individuals.
Prior to Open Sky, Mia was a camp counselor for high school students at a social justice summer camp. There, she helped facilitate difficult conversations and empowered teens to be leaders. She started and managed a community garden in Durango for six years, building relationships and community through gardens.
As a senior guide, Mia is humbled and inspired to be able to support students through the vulnerable and messy day-to-day process of growing. The strengths she brings to a guide team are that: she loves listening and learning people’s stories; she believes deeply in our human capacity to change, heal, and grow; and she leads by example and by empowering people with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to act on what is important to them.
In her time off, Mia loves to mountain bike, raft, cook, garden, read, and spend time with friends and family. She also volunteers for LGBTQ+ issues, living wages, and a just and sustainable local food system. Mia is on a whitewater raft racing team, the “Animas Amazons.” She has been raft guiding and raft racing for almost 10 years.