lincoln in autumn

For Parents and Families

Save the Dates!

Parents & Family Weekend Fall 2014

  • October 10-11


Please register online.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 10, 2014

All events on Friday will be held at President Lief’s House

Date / Time Location Event
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m President Chuck Lief’s House
4067 Guadeloupe St.,
Boulder, 80301

Welcome Reception with President Chuck Lief, Naropa Faculty & Staff


Saturday, October 11, 2014

All Events on Saturday will be held at the Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue.

Date / Time Location Event
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. The Learning Commons
Wulsin Hall/2nd floor
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The Learning Commons
Wulsin Hall/2nd floor
Naropa’s Contemplative Education
A discussion on the unique contemplative pedagogy of Naropa University.

  • Carole Clements, Dean of Naropa College, Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology
10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Meditation Hall
Lincoln Building
Introduction to Contemplative Practice
An overview of contemplative practice with an opportunity for hands on experiential offerings.

  • Giovannina Jobson, Contemplative Practice Coordinator
12:05 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Learning Commons
Wulsin Hall/2nd floor

Parents as Partners in Student Development: Supporting Students While Fostering Autonomy

  • Matt Peterson, M.S., Director of Student Life
1:05 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. The Learning Commons
Wulsin Hall/2nd floor
Naropa Education as an Asset in the Professional World
Hear from alumni how they have made their way in their professional journey and what they learned from Naropa, what advice they can share with students and what they wished they had known. Facilitated by Melissa Holland, Director of Alumni Affairs

  • Moderator: Sarah Steward, Director of Career and Community Engagement
  • Naropa Alumni
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Learning Commons
Wulsin Hall/2nd floor
Tea and Closing Reception
Please join us for an informal and engaging time together, to enjoy tea, sweets and our conversations! We will discuss opportunities for those parents/families who may want to deepen their involvement with Naropa.



View information about Boulder area accommodations. Please mention Naropa for a potential discount.

About Parents & Family Weekend

Don't let your student have all the fun! Come join us for an informal visit, or attend one of several events that Naropa University hosts specifically for parents and families. During your visit here, we hope that you'll meet many of the people your student spends time with and see the places where your student studies, lives, and grows in experiences.

Naropa University hosts a special program for parents and families during fall orientation, as well as an annual Parent and Family Weekend. Attend workshops, lectures, student performances, and campus tours. Try your hand at sitting meditation and learn what contemplative practice is about. Wander around Boulder to discover the abundant variety of cultural and scholarly outlets.

Naropa University offers this schedule of events specifically designed for parents/guardians & families of new students. The intention of this program is to provide you, the family, contact with some of the people, places, information, and heart of Naropa University. Our intention is also to welcome you into the Naropa community as a valuable part of your student's educational journey through Naropa University.

As a family member, you want your student to find a college that is not only academically challenging, but is also a place where he or she feels at home.

Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado is a small, Buddhist-inspired liberal arts university where students are supported to develop deeper relationships with themselves, their community, and the world at large. Through rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and community engagement, students gain intellectual acuity, a strong sense of self-awareness, and career skills that will allow them to create meaningful personal and professional lives.

As a family member, you can assist your student by urging campus visits (it is through experience that the best college choices are made), and by helping your student apply for financial aid. Then ask your student to listen to his or her heart.

Naropa and Affordability

Is your student deeply interested in a liberal arts education that is personal, challenging, contemplative, and hands-on? Naropa University works closely with families and students to help make the Naropa experience affordable.

  • Average Naropa student financial aid package: $29,055
  • Percent of Naropa undergraduates receiving financial aid: 72%
  • Percent of undergraduate Naropa financial aid applicants receiving grants: 89%
  • Average scholarship: $16,724