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Terrence Word, BA

Senior Guide

Prior to joining Open Sky in 2018, Terrence worked as a secondary school math teacher in Santa Barbara, CA and Guatemala. He has always been interested in the outdoors and started leading trips in high school, and most recently worked as a field guide for the Dunn School in Santa Barbara. Though he has a love for teaching and mathematics, Terrence decided to pursue something new. He moved to Durango, learned about Open Sky, and realized he had found a new calling.

Working outside almost never feels like work to Terrence. Though his job is often exhausting and has pushed him to his limits, the hilarity and beauty of nature and the wonderful humans he works with more than makes up for that. Terrence loves being able to have a positive impact on another human’s life, whether he works with them for a day, a shift, or half their stay. He is able to use the skills he teaches the students in his own life and has become a better person for it. Terrence’s strengths are the humor and energy he brings to a guide team. In addition to being one of the tallest humans at Open Sky, he also has a strong emotional presence and one of the biggest laughs and senses of humor.

Terrence tries to balance his time off with outdoor pursuits and cozy couch time. He enjoys reading, cooking, and drinking tea with friends. Outside, he soaks up all Durango has to offer with snowboarding, mountain biking, and kayaking.

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.