Student & Alumni Voices

MA Ecopsychology graduate Alexander Shea: Bridging The Gap Between Humans & Nature

Katie Poinier

Student Highlight

“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 Ecopsychology student
RN Clinical Coordinator, Palliative Care

Amy Chicos

Alumni Highlight

“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 alumna

Karen Delahunty

Student Highlight

“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


Alumni Highlight

“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

Jen Peer

Alumni Highlight

“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