Before joining Open Sky, TK obtained his BA degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler and earned the 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher certification.
Initially, TK was attracted to wilderness therapy because he wanted to help people, and he wanted to work outside. He searched “outdoor psychology jobs” online and found wilderness therapy. After reading about this type of healing work, he was immediately driven to pursue a position with Open Sky.
In his role as a field guide, TK most values the opportunity to be exactly that: a guide. He believes that Nature and Mother Earth provide the space, the lessons, and the voice that allow healing for those who are immersed in the wilderness. He is grateful for the opportunity to work in partnership with all of Nature, and pass along to others what has come to him through his intuition and his own life lessons. TK values being a sort of “bridge” between the natural world and the students of Open Sky. He enjoys passing along what comes from his own connection with Nature and presenting lessons and perspectives to students for them to decide if they want to embrace and implement them.
TK believes that his strengths are his loving, compassionate heart that seeks to help others find their way, and his open, creative mind that enjoys exploring possibilities and solutions to the problems that arise in the field. He carries a groundedness that he finds through his relationship with Nature, which he then gets to share with students and his guide team alike. TK believes that this groundedness helps him to embody a brightness and a sense of humor that helps create space for others to feel safe in.
During his time off, TK likes to do a wide array of activities; ride his motorcycle, go dancing to live music, read books, create art (drawing and painting mostly), go on hikes/backpacking trips and just generally spend time outside with Nature. He also has a nerdy side through which he likes to watch fantasy/sci-fi movies and tv shows, play video games, and the like (mostly during the winter months).