John Davis

Adjunct Faculty


MA in Ecopsychology - Adjunct Faculty


BA, Wake Forest University
MA, University of Colorado, Boulder
PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder

A former chair of the MATP and MATP-Ecopsychology departments, Dr. Davis teaches transpersonal psychology and ecopsychology courses as an Adjunct Faculty professor in the low-residency MA in Ecopsychology program at Naropa. John is the author of The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teaching of A.H. Almaas and entries on Transpersonal Psychology and Wilderness Rites of Passage in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, as well as a number of articles and book chapters on transpersonal psychology, ecopsychology, wilderness rites of passage, and research methods. His primary interest is full human development and self-realization with a special focus on the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and the natural world. In addition to his work at Naropa, John is an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach of A. H. Almaas and a staff member of the School of Lost Borders, where he trains wilderness rites of passage guides and leads wilderness retreats.

Read John Davis’s article, "An Overview of Transpersonal Psychology." For more information, visit

Recent Publications

"Ecopsychology" with Jeanine Canty, (2013). Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, Wiley-Blackwell.

"The Diamond Approach" with Zvi Ish-Shalom, (2013). Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, Wiley-Blackwell.

“Ecopsychology’s Niche: Why the Transpersonal Matters to Ecopsychology” (2013), Ecopsychology (journal).

“A Desert Fast,” (2013). in Don Eulert (Editor), Ritual and Healing.

Courses Taught

Transitions and Rites of Passage (online course in MA Transpersonal Ecopsychology program)

Transpersonal Psychology and Ecopsychology, unit in MA Wilderness Therapy pgm

Council Practice, unit in Transpersonal Psychology Intensives, MATE