Michael Lewis, LPC, LAC

Visiting Instructor
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration
MA Contemplative Counseling Psychology, Naropa University (2009), / BS Recreation Management concentrating in Outdoor Experiential Education, Appalachian State University (1996)
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration
CNST 710, Research Methods and Program Evaluation / CNST, 661 Counseling and Helping Relationships / CNSC 665. Maitri II / CNSC 703, Buddhist Psychology III / CNSC 803, Buddhist Psychology V / CNSC 631, Counseling and Helping Relationships: Skills Practice I

Michael (Mike) Lewis, MA, LPC, LAC, is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and an internationally certified mountain guide. Mike began meditating at the age of 18 and entered formal Zen training in 2003. He is an assistant Zen Teacher and resident at Great Mountain Zen Center in Berthoud, CO and leads and co-leads Zen meditation and other spiritual retreats throughout the year. Mike has had a psychotherapy private practice since 2010 and has additionally worked with diverse populations in wilderness therapy, residential addiction treatment, community mental health, residential teen transitions, employee assistance programming, and supervised parenting visitations since 2006. Mike gained his MA degree in Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2009 and began working as faculty in 2018. For many years, Mike worked seasonally in the outdoors across the American West and internationally, guiding clients on rock and ice climbs, backcountry skiing, and up iconic mountaineering objectives. Mike enjoys rock climbing, reading, Yoga, meditation, skiing, social and environmental advocacy, the performing arts, and spending quality time with his partner and son. Learn more about Mike at www.ZenAdventureTherapy.com.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

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