Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend, October 10-12Thank you for joining us!

Friday, October 10 - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thank you so much to all alumni who participated in Naropa's first-ever Alumni Weekend. The celebration was a wonderful way to reconnect with friends and faculty, revisit Naropa's campuses and take part in Naropa's 40th Anniversary celebration!

Pictures from the weekend can be found on the Naropa Alumni Facebook page

See the full schedule of events.

See below for Frequently Asked Questions.

Campus Maps:

Friday, October 10

Join us for a lecture with Lisa Jarnot at the [Dis]Embodied Poetics Conference, 7:30 p.m. Arapahoe campus, Performing Arts Center. Or take some time to enjoy the Barbara Bash art exhibit at the Nalanda campus, White Cube Gallery.

Come make your mark at the Alumni Community Art Making event. Join us at the Nalanda campus, 9130 Art Therapy Studio, for an evening of art making, music, light refreshments, and community. Drop in anytime between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to create, collaborate, and connect with other alumni, faculty, and staff. 

Saturday, October 11

Choose one of three Contemplative Practice sessions open to alumni as a wonderful way to begin Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Nalanda campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. 

Join us for an opening reception to officially bow-in for the weekend festivities. A wonderful time to gather as a group for all alumni of Naropa, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Nalanda campus atrium, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. 

Take a self-guided tour of campus at Arapahoe, Nalanda, or Paramita, and see how much has changed over the years!

Alumni Colleges, enjoy a Naropa class with a beloved Naropa faculty member, then stay for some community time and lunch (included with class registration), 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration required! See full details. An overview of class offerings are below: 

    • "Red Square Practice" with Barbara Dilley, Professor, Contemporary Performance

    • "Moving Together: Developmental Movement and The Viewpoints" with Wendell Beavers, Associate Professor, Performance 

    • "Peace Studies Digital Storytelling Project" with Candace Walworth, Associate Professor, Peace Studies

    • "Contemplative Psychotherapy: Genuine Exchange" with Karen Kissel-Wegela, Professor, Contemplative Psychotherapy

    • "Making It Fresh" with Reed Bye, Core Associate Professor, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

School receptions with faculty from the five Schools and various academic departments. Reconnect with friends and mentors, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Nalanda campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. 

A Naropa Birthday Gala with music from the band Intuit, food, friends, and dancing, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Nalanda Events Center, Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. *Space is limited. Register in advance!

IntuitIntuit, a band made up of Naropa alumni based in Boulder, inspires movement in the body, the soul, and society. Inspired by love for the earth and all her creatures, the music creates a space where individuals and communities can grow. Formed when heart -centered paths converged at Naropa University in 2011, their stylistic approach to both music and life is diverse but the heart of their sound is one.

The band draws from reggae, funk, jazz, blues, hip-hop, folk, and world music to create a lively and original sound. With heart-warming lulls, energetic peaks, and endless stylistic shape–shifting, Intuit delivers a captivating groove that all can enjoy 

Sunday, October 12

Contemplative GolfPhoto by James Gimian.
Used by permission

Naropa's Mindful Golf Open, Indian Peaks Golf Course, 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette. Breakfast 8:00 a.m.; Tee Time 9:00 a.m. Benefiting Naropa's Scholarship fund. 
Learn More and Register

Alumni Service Projects, participate in a service project with your peers in honor of Naropa's 40th Anniversary!

Twin Oaks Farm Service Project: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Twin Oaks Farm, 5629 Prospect Rd, Longmont, CO

Windhorse Community Services - Open House, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., you are warmly invited to enjoy refreshments and a tour of the new building in north Boulder, 1200 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder. 

Plus, two special performances of "Warrior Songs": A choral concert from creators Jerry Granelli and Peter-Anthony Togni.

Please contact Melissa Holland if cost is a consideration; there are a limited number of scholarships available.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Can I just show up at these events or do I need to register in advance?
Yes and no. We invite you to show up for most events that are free with no registration required. However, there are some events that require registration and payment: The Alumni Colleges are $10 and include lunch, thus need registration (with the exception of Reed Bye’s session, as that is a part of the Jack Kerouac School’s [Dis]embodied Poetics Conference; it does not include lunch and is on the Arapahoe Campus). The Naropa Birthday Gala is $35 and registration is required. For both Alumni Colleges and the Birthday Gala, you can register and pay at the door, if space allows. The Naropa golf tournament, the Mindful Golf Open is advanced registration only. The deadline to register was October 3, 2014.

Are all Alumni Weekend events open to alumni, as well as their guests, family members, friends?
Yes – we invite all alumni and their guests to all of the exciting events we have planned!

What are the School Receptions?
Simply a time for faculty and their alumni to connect in an informal and inviting way. Simple treats of lemonade and cookies will be provided, as well as nametags; this is a chance to find your peers and faculty and alumni from your program.

How do I know which “School” my program is in? (Naropa created five Schools in 2012 to better organize the academic arena).
There will be signs at both entrances of Nalanda campus, as well as a sheet at the Welcome/Check-in Table. If your program is not listed here (as programs have been added and deleted or changed names over the last 40 years), then just make your best guess and pop in to that Reception! 

What is the dress code for the Naropa Birthday Gala?
This is an invitation to dress up a bit, for “Naropa Special Occasion” and everything from cocktail dresses to khakis is fine; we anticipate this will be a dressier event, but there is no required dress code; we want you to be comfortable…and this is Boulder! We do request that you wear shoes, please. 

Can I join the Alumni Service Projects on Sunday without advance registration before the Weekend?
Yes, please stop at the Welcome/Check-in Table at Nalanda during the weekend to register then for the Service Projects.  These are free and we hope you can join us.

Are children welcome to attend Alumni Weekend events?
Yes, though, the event programming is not prepared with children in mind. For many events, it depends on the age of your child. The Naropa Birthday Gala is more of a party, with a bar, and a program; this might not be appealing or suitable for children. Some events are free and more suited to children, such as the Alumni Art-Making Friday evening and the Alumni Service Projects on Sunday (for older children). If children do accompany you to any events, we request that you are with your child(ren) at all times and do not leave them unattended.

Why are you charging for events during Alumni Weekend?
This is a first for us, and it is simply to help to offset some of the significant costs of putting together a full weekend of events for alumni.  It still does not cover the majority of costs; so this is not a revenue stream!  We also find that it helps us manage our numbers to have an accurate estimate to order food; we find that with free events, many people RSVP and then don’t show up, so this was partly an attempt to get a better estimate to have the correct amount of food and not be wasteful.  We do not, however, want the cost of any event to prohibit anyone’s enjoyment of this special weekend; we have offered scholarships to any events, if needed. Simply email Melissa Holland, Director of Alumni Relations, to check into that option:

Why is Naropa offering a Golf Tournament?
Because an alumni leader and volunteer stepped forward with this idea; there was a well-received golf tournament for the 25
th Anniversary celebrations. Naropa actually has a history of golf with a contemplative approach going back to its beginning 40 years ago.  And we believe that opportunities for contemplative practice do not only exist in the classroom or on the cushion. Golf is the perfect sport to practice mindfulness, as it is a sport of paradoxes. The harder you hit, the less result you get; the harder you try, the worse your score tends to be, so it is an excellent opportunity to practice being fully in the present, oblivious to distraction and with a sense of ease.


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Details will be added ongoingly, please check back here for updates. 

If you are interested in volunteering, or being part of the Alumni Committee to help plan and coordinate this exciting weekend, please contact Melissa Holland, Alumni Relations, 303-546-3597.