Master of Arts (MA) in

Ecopsychology (Low-Residency)

Deepen your relationship with nature in an Ecopsychology graduate program that blends contemplative practice and Transpersonal Psychology. Experience the power of Nature Therapy and learn to help others heal through nature.

Explore the field of environment psychology through Naropa’s low-residency master’s degree program. The program’s combination of online courses and residential intensives allows nature lovers from all over the world to develop a strong foundation in the emerging field of ecopsychology.

Over the course of two years, you’ll practice contemplative awareness of nature, engage in meaningful service learning, immerse yourself in the wilderness, and gain invaluable nature-based skills. The Master of Arts in Ecopsychology is a unique opportunity to be of service to both humanity and the planet.

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Students from the permaculture class working with the campus plants at Naropa University.

Courses You Could Take

in Ecopsychology

In the only ecopsychology graduate program in the United States, master's students will explore the human/nature relationship through the lens of ecology and transpersonal psychology. The curriculum is a dynamic blend of nature therapy courses, wilderness immersion, and in-depth study of transpersonal psychology's central concepts.


In community with seasoned faculty and like-minded peers, you will learn to repair the bridge that connects humans to the natural world.


Courses in Naropa’s ecopsychology degree include:

The Naropa Difference

A green revolution has begun, and you want to be a part of it. Answer that calling through the graduate ecopsychology program at Naropa. You'll enrich your relationship with yourself and the natural world while adding nature therapy to your practice, or switching to a meaningful career in ecopsychology.


Contemplative Connection With Nature

In accordance with Naropa’s mission of contemplative education, the Master of Arts in Ecopsychology matches theoretical study with meditative practice. In the ecopsychology graduate program, nature is the added element, creating the opportunity to know oneself through the natural world.

In the summer bridging the first and second years of the ecopsychology program, you’ll experience the Psychology of Wilderness intensive, a ten-day rite-of-passage in a wilderness setting. There, you will leave behind the familiar, chart your path through three days of solitude, and then return with profound insights about yourself and the world. This is nature therapy at its most profound.


Global Access

The Master of Arts in Ecopsychology program seeks to expand contemplative education through its low-residency, online format. Because the ecological issues facing humanity exist on a global scale, we aim for a geographically diverse student body.

Learning in community with an international cohort will expand your knowledge of ecological issues, provide a window into previously unseen parts of the natural world, and enrich your ability to communicate with diverse populations through nature.


Careers in Ecopsychology

Through the Transpersonal Service Learning course, graduate students will apply their knowledge of transpersonal ecopsychology through community fieldwork. Service-learning placements, at sites from bereavement centers to nonprofits, include teaching art and ecopsychology, assisting teen wilderness rites-of-passage courses, and providing natural disaster relief.

The service-learning experience prepares ecopsychology degree students for enhancing or beginning careers in education, psychotherapy, entrepreneurship, and more. Specifically, MA in Ecopsychology graduates have gone on to careers as naturopathic healers, green business consultants, leaders of nature therapy programs, and art therapists. Naropa students are bringing their knowledge of environmental psychology to diverse professions in locations that span the globe.

Tibetan swing outside of the Allen Ginsberg Library at Naropa University's Arapahoe Campus.

Students Transformed

“Naropa is not only preparing me for the immediate future but for the future of my grandchildren and their grandchildren, [teaching them] to act gently upon the earth.”

Erika Dearen

MA in Ecopsychology, 2017
Katie Poinier, Ecopsychology

“My Naropa education has helped me become a more curious, compassionate, and radically honest person. I have developed skillful ways in which to meet and handle discomfort. I also greet my joyful experiences in a different way than before. I now recognize myself as a whole human being who is interconnected to the entire web of life on this planet.”

Katie Poinier

MA Ecopsychologist Student, RN Clinical Coordinator, Palliative Care
Amy Chicos, Ecopsychology

“There are all kinds of people in the world with different ways of seeing the world. And one size does not fit all when it comes to transforming people's ability and willingness to change their views and actions toward our home, the Earth. Just as people have diverse learning styles, people respond differently to various approaches. We need ecopsychologists to find ways to reach diverse kinds of people to create change. Both psychology and compassion are key to understanding our environmental challenges and working effectively toward change."

Amy Chicos

MA Ecopsychology
Karen Delahunty, Ecopsychology

“After the training in Transpersonal Ecopsychology, I have finally figured out the missing piece in our culture’s true ability to heal body, mind, and spirit. And that is to know and understand that we are not separate from each other or the natural world. True health and well-being is possible when that chasm is bridged.”

Karen Delahunty

MA Ecopsychology Student; Lead Instructor, Center for Embodied Education; Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, Somatic Coach
K. Indigo Rønlov, Ecopsychology

“Perhaps the single most important part of the program that I carry with me was the Wilderness Experience and my four-day solo. Between the penetrating beauty of our location and the intense process of inquiry and letting go I went through, this experience is still rippling though my life. The Wilderness Experience allowed all the learning and experientials from my two years at Naropa to coalesce into a whole.”

K. Indigo Rønlov

Ecopsychology Alumna
Reverend Jen Peer Rich, Ecopsychology

“There are many schools that offer fine educations, but only at Naropa could I learn about my passion in a contemplative setting. In the meeting place between learning and contemplation there is a spark, and that spark is alive in me. Now I am participating in the world intentionally, mindfully, and creatively.”

Reverend Jen Peer Rich

MA Ecopsychology Alumna; Founder of Friends in Presence, A Nonprofit Interfaith MInistry

What to Expect