Peace Studies students work at Growhaus

Community & Experiential Learning

Experiential education is a philosophy ... in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities. - The Association for Experiential Education

At Naropa, experiential learning is one of three "areas of inquiry" or ways of knowing. Known as "second person inquiry," this aspect of contemplative education focuses on the importance of our interpersonal interactions in learning, educating, and becoming.

From undergraduate to graduate, from classrooms and cohorts to internships and collaborative environments, contemplative education at Naropa includes experientially based practices that build critical thinking, community practices, and inclusive and pluralistic values.

From this ground of shared experience, students look within and naturally discover their personal expression of service in the world.

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