All Kinds of News for August 03, 2016
Open Sky’s support of students and families extends beyond graduation. Alumni families at the 6 and 12 month anniversary of their child’s graduation are contacted. The purpose of this is twofold: to find out how parents and their child are doing, and to understand how Open Sky might better serve graduate families moving forward. From these calls, one thing is clear: alumni families are hungry to tap into the power and magic of the Open Sky experience after the program’s culmination. This fall, Open Sky will unveil wilderness therapy’s first traveling wellness retreat.
This Parent Wellness Retreat is intended to foster connections made at Open Sky, build on skills acquired in our program and provide learning opportunities for a lifetime of growth and success. It will encompass:
- A one or two-day retreat led by our Family Services staff
- Enriching topics to further personal and family development skills
- Guided meditation, gentle yoga, nature activities and wellness planning
- Opportunities to deepen connections and build community among Open Sky alumni
Taking place November 18 – 20th at the amazing EarthRise Retreat Center in Northern California, this retreat will offer all participants an opportunity to reflect on their own growth and personal development. There will be a combination of new information, activities and exercises as well as a review of foundational self-regulation and communication skills, all delivered with inspiring insights of Open Sky’s Norman Elizondo and Kendall Smith.
Future events will be offered outside of other major cities such as Denver, Chicago, New York, Boston, DC and other areas with a high concentration of alumni families. The retreats’ programming will also evolve to support the variety of needs and continual growth of alumni students and parents.
For more information about this November’s Wellness Retreat and future events, visit our website's blog, Parent Wellness Retreat.
Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience through its programs in the mountains of Southwest Colorado and Canyonlands of Southeast Utah. 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. When a family partners with Open Sky, they embark on a rewarding adventure of self-discovery, and learn a range of strategies that promote lasting success.