Naropa University's Graduate School of Psychology Presents 3rd Annual 48-Hour Painting Marathon

BOULDER, Colo. (October 29, 2013)--The MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program within Naropa University's Graduate School of Psychology announces its 3rd Annual 48-Hour Painting Marathon, taking place November 8-10. A project to raise funds for Naropa Community Art Studio - International (NCAS-I), the student-initiated painting marathon is part of a continued effort to raise awareness of the mission of NCAS-I, and to raise funds for the summer 2014 service learning project to Cambodia. The marathon involves three teams of painters keeping brush to canvas for 48 hours to create a painting each focusing on the symbol of communal desire for social justice. The two-day marathon will involve creativity in various forms such as painting, costumes, music, art tables, refreshments, and silly antics.

What: Naropa Community Art Studio - International's 3rd Annual 48-Hour Painting Marathon 
When: November 8-10, 2013 (Public hours from 8 a.m. to midnight each day)
Where: Naropa University's Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder

The NCAS-I Cambodia Service Learning Trip cultivates awareness about the diverse issues in Cambodian cultures, exploring the historical and present day trauma endemic in their culture, especially concerning domestic violence, poverty, and sex trafficking. It also spreads knowledge about the healing power of art therapy and its usefulness to combat trauma and aid in self-care. The painting marathon is one of the two events organized to raise funds for student travel and raise awareness about the population the program serves. NCAS-I also hosts the "Small Resources=Big Possibilities Matchbox Art Auction and Gala" in the spring. To learn more about the 48-Hour Painting Marathon and to donate, please visit

Naropa's MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy concentration is founded in mindfulness meditation training, studio art, and an integration of transpersonal, traditional, and community-based approaches to counseling. Within an atmosphere of contemplative education including respect for ethnic and cultural differences, students cultivate their introspective wisdom while skillfully applying this awareness to their clinical work. Learners ultimately develop flexible professional identities by participating in a studio-based practicum, a clinical practicum, and a full-time internship. Graduates work in multidisciplinary teams, including social service agencies, community art studios, and, with proper supervision, in private practice. Additionally, graduates work as advocates addressing institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and client success.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.