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Michael Summers, BS

Senior Guide

Michael joined Open Sky as a field guide in May 2018 with two years of guiding experience in wilderness therapy prior. Through this prior experience, he developed skills in outdoor skills, risk management, and team leadership. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in psychology, he studied from a holistic view and learned the intimate ties between each aspect of well-being.

Open Sky’s treatment of the client as a whole being, as well as its foundation on peer-reviewed research, are what drew Michael to work for the company. He is always impressed by the compassionate and hardworking nature of the staff; attributes that he sees in himself as well. As a Senior guide, Michael values the limitless opportunities for personal development that he experiences in with both students and staff. He loves being with people as they undergo personal transformation. He also loves to simply experience the beauty of nature with others.

Michael’s strengths are his deep care and willingness to hold relationship with his students. He is deeply invested in their growth. He likes to bring a balance of fun and depth to the field and to his guide team, seeking to be collaborative and using the strengths of each member of the guide team.

During his time off, Michael loves painting, making dreamcatchers, photography, and all art-related happenings. He likes to challenge himself through climbing Colorado’s 14-ers. He values self-care days, which often include baths, movies, and comfort foods. He loves to build community in and out of Open Sky.

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.