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Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Core Faculty


MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
BA in Environmental Studies
MA in Environmental Leadership


MA Environmental Leadership, Naropa University
BA Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Specialization:

  • Meditation
  • Leadership, Earth Stewardship, and Personal Sustainability

Sherry teaches contemplative practices, including meditation; and facilitates earth-based experiences and their application to leadership, earth stewardship and personal sustainability. She also leads wilderness solos and other nature-based programs that create a deep connection with the power and insight of the natural world. She served as Naropa’s Dean of Students for twelve years. For more than twenty-five years, Sherry has conducted retreats and taught meditation in secular settings such as Outward Bound, as well as in spiritual settings throughout the country. As a student of the University’s founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, her master’s thesis was entitled "Tonglen as a Tool for Transformative Environmental Engagement." She has studied with Joanna Macy and trained at the School of Lost Borders. Sherry is committed to investigating the interdependence of landscape and the psyche, and facilitating activities that transform human consciousness. She teaches Engaged Contemplative Practices and serves as the Contemplative Practice Coordinator for MATE.