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Tess Richard

Senior Guide

Tess graduated from SUNY Morrisville in the heart of gorgeous Upstate New York. She has a love of working with people and everything to do in the wilderness. Having found her own recovery and growth in the wilderness, she feels a great deal of passion to pass that gift on to others.

She loves watching the “A-ha!” moments when students find beauty in a rainy day, gratitude for a meal of GORP and peanut butter, or love when they may feel unworthy of it. For Tess, witnessing these moments is the most valuable part of being a field guide. Within a guide team, her strengths are bringing energy to share with everyone, appreciation for those she works with, and love for all things.

Her life out of the field is similar: lots of camping, campfires, and days spent in the sun. With whitewater canoeing as her favorite, she’ll paddle any day. Rock climbing and trail running are a close second and third. She also enjoys watching romantic comedies and knitting while drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows.

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.