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Suzanna Lourie, BA

Senior Guide

Suzanna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication from Skidmore College in New York. Upon graduation, she moved to Costa Rica and spent the next three years working as a high school teacher, freelance travel writer, and communications director in the northwest province of Guanacaste. In addition, Suzanna gained experience working with teenagers as a camp counselor in Vermont during the summers while she was an undergraduate.

Travel, adventure and exploring nature have always been central to Suzanna’s lifestyle. In addition, she has found yoga, meditation and mindfulness to be an important tool in her own personal growth and healing journey. She first heard about wilderness therapy from fellow travelers back in 2016 while she was earning a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and trekking around India and Nepal. Suzanna instantly knew the path she needed to take and moved to Durango to join Open Sky in the summer of 2017.

In her role as a Senior Guide, Suzanna values the challenge, growth, resilience… to name a few. Overall, the dynamic and demanding nature of this job has helped her grow in ways she never imagined. She values curiosity because she sees how it cultivates compassion and helps build authentic relationship. She is inspired by all the people she works with, both students and guides.

Within a guide team, one of Suzanna’s strengths is her heart. She brings emotional authenticity and compassion to her guide team, as well as to the students. Role modeling vulnerability in a healthy way while still holding boundaries is another piece of it.

In her time off, Suzanna enjoys running, hiking, climbing, camping, exploring, photography, road trips, hanging out with her dog, rummaging through thrift stores, and finding bodies of water to swim or paddle in. And at the end of the day, she loves relaxing at home—cooking, watching TV, reading a good book, and most likely soaking in a bubble bath. She tries to travel and get out of her comfort zone at least every few months, always with a journal in hand.

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.