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SpillSpill poster

Written by Leigh Fondakowski
Created in collaboration with visual artist Reeva Wortel

Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16
Friday, October 21–Sunday, October 23
Thursday, October 27–Saturday, October 29
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

General Admissions: $20
Naropa Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $15
Non-Naropa University Students: $15
Naropa Students Free with I.D.

Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

On April 20, 2010, the massive Deepwater Horizon oil rig, leased by British Petroleum (BP), and owned and operated by Transocean, exploded and burned off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest oil spill in history. For 87 days, millions of gallons of environmentally damaging oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico in what President Barack Obama called “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.”

Spill is based on over 200 hours of interviews collected in the aftermath of this spill. This can’t-miss theatrical event goes beyond the headlines to tell vivid personal stories from all sides of the country’s greatest environmental disaster.

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Wednesday, October 19 // 7:00–9:00 p.m. 
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 

In the treatment of the effects of trauma, its inherent relationship with spirituality provides a vital link in the therapeutic process.  The understanding of a person's felt, spiritual connection is central to the therapeutic process.  If we are unable to access a person's spirituality, we may find ourselves trapped, as healers, in areas that are fraught with pitfalls and "tight corners".  The intimate association between trauma and spirituality suggest therapeutic avenues for supporting the authentic transformation of traumatic experiences. 

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

The Heart of Centering Prayer: Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice

Weekend Course - Religious Studies course REL158/504W

Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23 // 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Public Talk

Sunday, October 23 // 7:00 p.m.
$20, free with weekend registration
Nalanda Events Center//6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Join us for a weekend of exploration of Centering Prayer, a surrender method of meditation or contemplative prayer that reaches back to the early days of Christianity.

Dr. Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, dividing her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School and the author of eight books, including The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Innner Awakening.

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Moving Community Weekend workshop with Melissa Michaels, Ramon Paris, and Taliza Mizrahi

Friday, November 4 // 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 //10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Community: Friday evening: $22 //Friday and Saturday $100
Naropa staff, Faculty and alumni:  Friday evening $11 // Friday and Saturday $50
Naropa students - Free for both events

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Cultivating Community Centered Social Artists through Dance and Dialogue.

In these times of great potential and challenge on planet Earth, humanity is being invited to rise up and live with radical authenticity, aligning inner and outer truths for the wellbeing of all. Through the arts of body, heart, and soul, we support individuals and communities as they repair and move into collaborative service and leadership. Learn more about the process at bdanced.com.

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Dzogchen Ponlop  Rinpoche Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Emotional Rescue: How to Work With Your Emotions To Transform Hurt And Confusion Into Energy That Empowers You

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Friday, November 4 //  Keynote at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5 
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m - lunch on your own
2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 6
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Acclaimed Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shows how to free yourself from being a victim of your emotions by gaining the awareness and understanding that will help you harness their power. Only by learning to relate to our emotions skillfully can we benefit from their richness and gain wisdom, instead of letting them control us. Over the weekend, Rinpoche will share stories and lectures as well as proven meditation practices for changing suffering into strength and happiness. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will teach methods for transforming emotions into empowering energy, from his new book, Emotional Rescue Ponlop Rinpoche is the founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist centers. He is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind. His latest book is Emotional Rescue.

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Graduate Counseling Preview Day

Saturday, November 12 // 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. MST
Naropa University Paramita Campus // 3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80301

The Graduate Counseling Preview Day is specially designed to give you in-depth information about Naropa's graduate counseling degree programs.

Packed with information and activities designed to familiarize prospective students with psychology at Naropa, the Preview also gives a general overview of Naropa's unique academic environment and student life as well.

Naropa University's MA Clinical Mental Health Programs presented during this preview:

  • Transpersonal Art Therapy
  • Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy
  • Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology

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Public Talk: The True Joy of Being

Tuesday, November 15 // 7:00 p.m. 
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

The true joy of being a human comes from when we know how to live life fully. The secret to that is not through external activities, but through embracing each moment no matter what situation we are facing. Life is a whole with each and every moment being an equally essential element of it. Because of that, loving our own life requires loving the present moment. Sometimes we may have to embrace the present moment with courage when life situations become uncomfortable. Other times, we may need to open our heart to recognize that such moments are filled with blessings and goodness.

Poetry Reading

Wednesday, November 16 // 7:00 p.m. 
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Free and open to the public

There is a tradition in Tibetan Buddhism of Doha or Songs of Realization that express nonconceptual themes like the great emptiness, the unconditioned, boundless love, ecstatic devotion. People used to sing them to open their own and other’s hearts as a way to experience the bitter as well as the sweet flavor of the ordinary and  extraordinary truth of human life. 

Anam Thubten grew up writing poems in his native Tibetan language. Since living in the west, his poems have begun to develop a new flavor. At this poetry gathering, he will be reading from his new poetry book "Big Sky”, adding an intimate commentary that links each poem with the life situation from which it emerged. 

Elizabeth NamgyalDay Long Meditation Retreat

Living from Wisdom and Love
with Elizabeth Namgyal and Anam Thubten

Thursday, November 17
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Our concepts about who we are or the way things are often bind us from surrendering to the everyday wonder of existence. Until these mental constructs are questioned, we can get lost in preferences that fill our lives with conflict. With a spacious mind, we can bear witness to all human conditions from non-egoic love so the depth of our being can be untroubled and peaceful.


10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Session 1
12:30-2 p.m. - Lunch on your own
2:00-5:00 p.m. - Session 2
7:00-8:30 p.m. - Final Session

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Ongoing Events

What Where Series Fall 2016

What Where Series Fall 2016 // Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics 
Performances: 7:00–9:30 p.m.
Reception for each event: 5:00–7:00 p.m. in the Nalanda Atrium
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

September 20 with MC Jeffery Pethybridge - Amy Wright, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Sarah Richards Graba & Jenni Ashby
October 4 with MC Michelle Naka Pierce - Eugene Lim, Jeffery Pethybridge, Sara Veglahn & Gabrielle Lessans
October 18 with MC Sarah Richards Graba - Muriel Leung, J'Lyn Chapman, Jade Lascelles & Danielle Ferrara

Art Exhibitions

Free and Open to the Public

The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

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Meditation Instruction

Free and Open to the Public
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Naropa offers weekly meditation instruction sessions, featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members about mindfulness and its application in everyday life.  (Note about dates:  No session prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, November 23rd and the final session for the semester will be Wednesday, December 7th.)



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