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Wilderness Therapy

Naropa's Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy concentration integrates clinical and theoretical course work in counseling psychology with contemplative practice.

Transform yourself and experience the healing power of nature with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy, an interdisciplinary, multicultural program that prepares you to practice as a psychotherapist in a myriad of settings, both outdoors and within clinical mental health agencies.

In addition to the study of mindfulness and transpersonal psychology, this intensely experiential degree program gives you ten weeks’ direct experience in the wilderness, acquiring outdoor skills along with mental health interventions that incorporate the natural world into the therapeutic relationship.

Naropa’s Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy alumnx are making their presence felt in a wide-range of settings with diverse populations. As many as one-third of our students receive job offers from their internship placements. Our Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy graduates are working as school counselors, therapists in equine therapy programs, faculty members, addictions counselors, directors of outdoor therapy programs, and individual psychotherapists.


Naropa Community Counseling Center

Provide counseling to community members in your third year of graduate study as an intern at the Naropa Community Counseling Center. The center offers contemplative and mindfulness healing services to community residents on a sliding-fee scale.


Credits Required


The master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy concentration is a three year, 60 credit program that offers theoretical grounding in transpersonal psychology and ecopsychology along with wilderness immersion and 700 hours of a supervised internship.

Degree Requirements




Featured Wilderness Therapy Classes

  • Family Systems Interventions I: Equine-Assisted Settings
  • Special Populations Interventions: Wilderness Therapy Settings
  • Psychology of Meditation I: Mindfulness Training
  • Outdoor Skills I
  • Ecopsychology in Context



Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of core counseling curriculum.
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in clinical counseling skills.
  • Students demonstrate professional competence in counseling.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to effectively incorporate nature-based approaches into counseling.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of how culture and social structures influences the human-nature relationship.
Elissa Crandall

Alumnx Spotlight

“Naropa is a guide, a friend, a parent, a teacher, a passion, a love interest. Naropa stretches me intellectually while also providing the safest space I have ever known to be authentically myself. There is nothing more important for my future than a solid foundation. Naropa gives me that.”

— Elissa Crandall
MA, Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy, 2018


Kate Mazuy

Faculty Spotlight

“Wilderness therapy offers clients the opportunity to experience a more holistic, grounded version of themselves and their place in the world. We look at healing from the perspective of what’s possible, instead of what’s wrong. At Naropa, wilderness therapy is defined as the conscious incorporation of the natural world into the therapeutic relationship.”

Kate MazuyMA, LPC, CHT

Chair, Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy program