Then begin with yourself. Naropa University’s low-residency Master of Arts degree
in Ecopsychology integrates psychology and ecological issues in the study of human-nature
relationships. At Naropa University, contemplative practice and transpersonal psychology
provide a foundation for this integration, which is unique in the world. This combination
of interior and exterior exploration offers you a one-of-a-kind path to deepen your
relationship to nature and develop a more sustainable life and career that aligns
with your values.
Foster your individual growth and personal awakening. Acquire practical, non-clinical
skills for working with others. And deepen your intrinsic and intellectual understanding
of nature. The Naropa Ecopsychology master’s degree program will connect you to a
strong community of learners: fellow travellers on the journey to discovering how
best to serve as empowered, aware, and compassionate agents of healthy ecological
Psychology of Wilderness experience
The heart of Naropa’s master’s degree program in Ecopsychology is a class called,
“Psychology of Wilderness Experience.” This rite of passage course will take you into
the Colorado wilderness for ten days, where you will camp, acquire backcountry skills,
participate in a three-day fasting solo, then return to share your experience of deeply
connecting to nature.
The Ecopsychology master’s degree program is a two-year, 38-credit program merging
online and on-campus work. It offers theoretical grounding in ecopsychology along
with transpersonal psychology, contemplative nature awareness practices, wilderness
immersion, service learning, and mindfulness training.
“I feel Naropa is changing who I am on a very basic level. Naropa is preparing me
to be a more open and connected person. Naropa is opening my heart to service. Naropa
is healing me. Wow—that's quite a job for a university education!”
Ecology Concepts and Applications for Ecopsychology
Psychology of Wilderness Experience
Program Learning Outcomes
Understanding of Concepts, Theories, & Current Issues - Students articulate the important
concepts, theories, and current issues of transpersonal ecopsychology.
Nature-Based Practices - Students demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skilled
ability in nature-based practices.
Applied Transpersonal Ecopsychology Skills - Students integrate and apply key principles,
skills and practices of transpersonal ecopsychology into their personal and professional
lives, to address a challenge facing humans and the natural environment.
Contemplative Practice Skills - Students integrate and articulate the value of contemplative
“With each encounter at Naropa, I feel even more impressed by the depth of my colleagues’
wisdom and heartfelt caring for the world.”
— Tina Fields, PhD Ecopsychology Faculty Lead
co-editor of So What? Now What? The Anthropology of Consciousness Responds to a World In Crisis