The Wilderness Therapy concentration provides students with experience in such areas as counseling psychology, wilderness skills, ecopsychology, adventure therapy, wilderness therapy, group dynamics, and outdoor leadership. There are four core areas that comprise the Wilderness Therapy program:
The beauty of the landscapes in which we travel, Boulder’s progressive community and the transformative Naropa University environment make graduate training here an unparalleled learning experience.
Explores and develops the relationship between humans and the rest of nature.
Utilizes outdoor challenges as a means for therapeutic change, often in a group setting.
Involves hands-on practice with counseling skills.
Uses creative expression, such as art or music, for healing in the therapeutic process.
A multi-day vision fast and ceremony at the end of two years of course work to mark the transition into the third-year.
The second year of Wilderness Therapy includes extensive outdoor expeditions integrating classroom learning and hands-on experience. We address the therapeutic use of rock climbing, initiatives, canyons, rivers, horsemanship, horticulture, and rites of passage.