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, and further refined them on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, and 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 sees Open Sky as an opportunity to hold himself to those values and help introduce them to others. Additionally, he feels that wilderness therapy strengthens his interpersonal communication skills. In this job, he has the ability to form and maintain strong, complex, and powerful one-on-one connections with people—skills he believes are the 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 shares 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 that Open Sky offers.
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.