Stephanos came to Open Sky in January 2017 with a rich history of wilderness experience. He gained excellence in many wilderness skills as an Eagle Scout, which he refined further by hiking the Appalachian Trail and pursuing many other adventures. He also held several jobs, including disaster response with FEMA, that required him to take a dynamic and creative approach to interpersonal relationships.
Stephanos loves the purity and simplicity of the outdoors, and the grit that is necessary to thrive in this environment. He saw Open Sky as an opportunity to hold himself to those values and help introduce them to others. Additionally, he felt that wilderness therapy would deepen his interpersonal communication skills--in this job he have the ability to form and maintain strong, complex, and powerful one-on-one connections with people--which I believe is a foundation for a healthy life.
Not only does Stephanos value packing his backpack, eating dinner around a fire, and hiking next to his students, he also practices the same mindfulness and coping skills, and share the same laughter and tears. He is organized, enthusiastic about the hard skills, and open to trying new and difficult things. He loves ceremony and finds it to be one of the most powerful tools Open Sky offers. As a big fan of Shakespeare, he will sometimes bring plays into the field for his team to read and act out. His goal is to put on an Open Sky Shakespeare production!
During his free time, Stephanos is an avid reader of good books and watcher of good films. He also spends time maintaining his meditation and yoga practice, rock climbing, and exploring the Southwest on solo hikes.