Meet Nova Golonka Carmichael

Nova Golanka Carmichael


Portland, Oregon and Wroclaw, Poland

Graduation date

May 2012


MA Somatic Counseling Psychology

Campus activities

Admissions Counselor & Admissions Counselor Intern, Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert, Graduate Representative in Presidential Search Committee, United Naropa Member, U.N. Diversity Committee Member, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Graduate Research Assistant

What is your personal mission statement?

I am dedicated to the healing and transformation process of individuals and communities. I am an advocate for social change and continually strive to educate and challenge myself to grow. I am inspired and motivated to be on the forefront of institutional progress and support the paradigm that change comes from within.

What is your greatest achievement?

The last three years: getting married, completing my MA degree with a dual concentration, completing my Master?s Paper (which was submitted for publication), completing a 700 hour internship at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute and Girls Athletic Leadership School, and devoting myself to the auspicious cauldron that is personal transformation.

What are you most passionate about?

Family (born into and chosen), mind and heart-expanding travel, inspiring conversations, learning through movement.

Why did you choose to study at Naropa?

It is a very unique school with cutting-edge programs. I was particularly drawn to MA in Somatic Counseling Psychology. You know, I just intuitively knew it was the right place for me, and there was no question about that.

What qualities do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty, laughter and "melting into couches" types of conversations.

What makes you smile at Naropa?

The people - staff, faculty, and students - such warm hearts, jaw-dropping dedication, and brilliant minds.

How have you changed since coming to Naropa?

I married the love of my life! And I have learned to engage with my anxiety and perfectionism in a more healthy and sustainable manner while being in a rigorous environment. This is very good life training: I feel very prepared to continue my naturally full life and not become chronically stuck in patterns of burnout and being overwhelmed.

How would you like to make a difference in the world?

Help people feel, move, communicate and create in the ways that are best for them in any particular moment. To be an agent for social change. To be part of the progress toward universal health care that could ensure equal and affordable access to mental health services.