Carole Clements | 303-546-3584

Associate Professor | Dean, Naropa College
Core Faculty


BA in Contemplative Psychology - Core Faculty


MA, Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology, Naropa University
MFA, Writing & Poetics: Concentration in Prose, Naropa University
BA, Political Science, Syracuse University

From the heart

Teaching at Naropa contains the exhilaration and plummet of a love affair. Enter: Eyes Wide Open.

Recent presentations

I co-facilitated a workshop, titled "Straddling the Gap: Sex, Intimacy, and Desire in the Present Moment" at the November 2016 Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society (COGPS) in Denver. I will also be presenting this workshop at the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Annual Meeting in February 2016 in NYC.  

Creative summary

My creative and scholarly research on erotic intelligence is currently taking the shape of an interactive performance and book. 

Courses taught

  • Dynamics of Intimate Relationships
  • Special Topics in Psychology: Erotic Intelligence
  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology: Sexual Narratives

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Sexual Fluidity by Lisa Diamond
Open to Desire by Mark Epstein
Uses of the Erotic by Audre Lorde
Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
Whipping Girl by Julia Serano
Understanding Sexuality Research by Michael Wiederman

EVERYTHING by Toni Morrison

Describe a moment when you helped a student reach an “ah ha” or transformational moment.

Ah-ha's are expected in my courses, so I am obligated to create a classroom container in which students meet their unabashed, powerful selves through mirroring and precision.  

What does it mean to you when somebody says, “That’s so Naropa?”

Fearlessly original.

What's next?

To write "How Mindfulness Misses the Mark." To be courageous enough to acknowledge that the mark is: Creating the Erotic Academy - Summoning Life Force. Beyond being sexual, eroticism is the electricity that fuels contemplative education.