Michal (Miki) Fire


Assistant Professor | Program Chair and Core Faculty, Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy
Core Faculty


MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy - Core Faculty


Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A., McGill University

Michal (Miki) Fire, Psy.D. Fire received her Doctor of Psychology degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies and BA from McGill University. She brings over 15 years of experience as a professional wilderness guide, instructor for therapeutic wilderness programs, and educator in the Himalayas and United States. She maintains a private practice as a Clinical Psychologist as well as consults to outdoor/experiential organizations on mental health issues. She has published and presented at the Science and Nonduality Conference, to the Board of Trustees at CIIS, as well as The Evolutionary Epic conference on topics including ecopsychology, spiritual emergence/y, and the felt experience of nondual consciousness. She teaches in Naropa’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy programs.

From the Heart

What I appreciate about Naropa students is the way they completely show up. They don't just bring their bodies to the classroom; they bring their entire being. It is an incredible privilege to walk into a classroom as a teacher and feel this immense presence. Rather than ever feeling like I am carrying the load, I continually feel like the students and I are in this amazing (not always comfortable) dance of presence, vulnerability, curiosity, and authenticity.

Recent Publications

"The Nature of Transformation: Ecopsychology in Practice" in Re:Vision; A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation

"Differentiating between Spiritual Emergence/y and Psychosis in International Experiential Programs" presented at the Rocky Mountain Seminar

Recent Activities & Research

Research on the Felt Experience of Nondual Consciousness, presented at the Science and Nonduality conference, The Evolutionary Epic, and CIIS

Mental Health consultant for experiential outdoor organizations Where There Be Dragons, Outward Bound, and the Sierra Club

Courses Taught

Counseling and Helping Relationships: Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy
Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
Career Development
Group Counseling: Experiential
Social and Multicultural Foundations

Describe a moment when you helped a student reach an “ah ha” or transformational moment

What I appreciate about Naropa, unlike any other academic institution to which I have been exposed, is that the "a ha" moments are everyday, every class, practically every moment. Students are so curious and so engaged in their own transformation of being that no matter the context, students are continually investigating themselves with such deep curiosity. Naropa students are so inquisitive about their process and inner being, that these flashes of insight and transformation are everyday, in the hall, in the classroom, with faculty, with each other, with themselves.

What's Next?

Trying not to worry too much about what's next. Trying to embrace my own guidance to my students and clients: Can we tolerate (maybe even embrace) the unknown? Enjoying the work of the moment; teaching, supervising, working with my clients, being outside, being a good mom.

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