Throughout humanity, rites of passage have functioned as an essential tool of individual renewal and cultural cohesion: they support young individuals as they move consciously and confidently into the responsibilities of adulthood. The process of embarking on a transformative rite of passage is foundational to the Open Sky experience. Students detach from familiar social structures and are immersed in nature, which provides a powerful setting for the journey of self-discovery. As each individual builds connections with other students, guides, and therapists, trust is forged. Students develop a greater understanding of themselves and their role within their relationships. The final and pivotal step of the rite of passage is for students to integrate the lessons of the transformational experience into their lives beyond Open Sky.