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Transform yourselfTransform your ecosystem.

The Master of Arts degree in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University prepares you to take your place as a leader in creating a more just and sustainable world.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the Environmental Leadership program combines the study of living-systems theory, ecopsychology, and leadership with experiences in contemplative practice and organizational change.

You will emerge from the Environmental Leadership program with a deep understanding of who you are and where you can best make your presence felt as a steward of the Earth.



Get outside and inside your comfort zone.

The Environmental Leadership program gives you the opportunity to explore the wilderness of your heart—and the West—so that you learn to lead from a place of both inner self knowledge and external skills in the world.

  • Participate in an eight-day wilderness experience, including a three-day solo, that will connect you to the land, your leadership, and the natural world.
  • Complete an Applied Leadership Project in an organization or community setting that allows you to practice leadership skills, gain on-the-job experience, and implement an environmental or sustainability project.
  • Learn how to work with groups as living systems and develop confidence and competence in your leadership style.

What is contemplative education?

Contemplative education offers the best of East and West: By integrating the study and practice of disciplines such as sitting meditation, yoga, or tai chi with rigorous liberal arts training, you will develop a more fully realized "you"—someone with the intellectual and spiritual wherewithal to make a profound difference in the world.

 Arron Mansika, MA

Meet an Environmental Leadership graduate

Arron Mansika, MA, '04

Founder and co-owner of Boulder's Best Organics

Director, Naturally Boulder, a trade association for natural products companies

Meet Environmental Leadership alumni

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