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Alumnx Reunion Weekend

Save the Date: Friday–Sunday, October 18–20, 2024

Naropa University Arapahoe & Nalanda Campuses in Boulder, Colorado

The Alumnx Reunion Weekend is an opportunity for alumnx from the past 50 years to return to Naropa University and connect with fellow alumnx, faculty, staff, and current students.

Join us in Boulder for a weekend full of program reunions and events! See the Hotel blocks below for out of town attendees. 

Now Accepting Submissions for SparkTalks 2024

SparkTalks logoSparkTalks, dynamic presentations that share the wisdom of Naropa University’s alumnx, will open your heart, broaden your perspective, and enliven your spirit. Naropa’s 50th anniversary celebration will bring back SparkTalks, bigger than ever before! We welcome submissions from any alumnx or former student of Naropa University from the past 50 years.


Chosen presenters must be available for a tech rehearsal at the Nalanda campus no later than 12pm on Friday, October 18.

  • Where: Nalanda Event Center at Naropa University’s Nalanda campus; the event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.
  • Audience: Fellow alumnx, current Naropa community members (faculty, current students, staff, members of the Board of Trustees), friends and family, the general public.
  • Theme : The theme of this year’s SparkTalks is Roots & Branches.
  • Each presenter will have a maximum of 12 minutes.
  • SparkTalks can be a speech, a presentation with visual aids, and/or a performance. Get creative, it’s Naropa!
  • Format is live and in person on stage in the Nalanda Events Center.
  • We will ask you to describe your proposed SparkTalks presentation and/or performance, including how it relates to the theme “Roots & Branches.” 
  • We will ask you to list any applicable public speaking and/or performance experience. You may include links if video and/or audio recordings are available.
  • Any alumnx or former student of Naropa University is eligible to apply
  • Those that have presented at previous SparkTalks are welcome to submit again.
  • SparkTalks presenters do not receive monetary compensation.
  • We are eager to include viewpoints from alumnx from each and every decade of our fifty year history. We welcome submissions from alumnx and former students that come from historically marginalized sociocultural locations (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neurodivergent, veteran, and others). We hope to represent the diversity of the Naropa University community and to make SparkTalks 2024 a brave and inclusive space. Learn more about building a more beautiful and just Naropa and the work of Naropa’s division of Mission, Culture, and Inclusive Community.

Check out previous SparkTalks presentations from 20182019, and 2020 for inspiration. Questions or comments, please contact Kelly Watt.

Deadline to Apply: June 15, 2024

Schedule of Events

The Alumnx Reunion weekend kicks off with SparkTalks on Friday night, program & affinity mini reunions on Saturday, followed by an Alumnx Reception on Saturday night. The reunion weekend ends with contemplative practices offerings. 


SparkTalks logoSparkTalks, dynamic presentations that share the wisdom of Naropa University’s alumnx, will open your heart, broaden your perspective, and enliven your spirit.  Naropa alumnx will share their experiences, stories, ideas, inquiries, research, poetry & artwork around the theme of “Roots & Branches.”

Alumnx Reunion Volunteers Needed

Alumnx Reunion Volunteers are essential leaders in the reunion planning process. They will plan a program or affinity reunion that will be an impactful, memorable experience years to come. Naropa University will provide space and event support on campus for the reunion, as well as a small budget to cover refreshments and snacks. Volunteers need to be alumnx (graduated from or attended Naropa), and they can be local to the Front Range or remote, so long as they are able to attend the reunion in person. As an Alumnx Reunion Volunteer, you will:
  • Meet with Kelly Watt, Senior Director of Admissions & Alumnx Relations, to discuss your ideas and involvement in the day.
  • Collaborate with other Alumnx Reunion Volunteers so that you have support in your planning.
  • Make every effort to participate in planning meetings by phone or video.
  • Contact classmates to promote reunion attendance; Naropa will provide contacts lists for email and phone.
  • Notify Alumnx Relations of updated classmate contact information.
  • Attend the Alumnx Reunion Weekend in person at Naropa University!
The Alumnx Reunion Volunteer role will primarily lead the planning and logistics of a program/department (eg. Jack Kerouac School; Interdisciplinary Studies; Somatic Counseling) or affinity group (e.g. BIPOC; International Students; SUN) reunion. These include:
  • Identify potential reunion activities and format (e.g. panel discussion; contemplative nature walk; experiential offering).
  • If your reunion has a current Naropa connection (e.g. BA Psychology; Students of Color & Allies), collaborate with current faculty/student leaders around reunion programming.
  • Determine a reunion location, along with any event support needed.
  • Propose/issue special faculty invitations.
We can’t do this without you! If you would like to be an Alumnx Reunion Volunteer, please sign up below and we will be in touch shortly. Questions? Contact Kelly Watt.

Preferred Hotel Accommodations

Below are our hotel accommodations with availability for the Alumnx Reunion Weekend (Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20) within a short drive of the Naropa University. Whatever accommodations you choose, we recommend booking early.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 5397 South Boulder Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Special Naropa nightly rate: $174

Located in Boulder proper, this new hotel was completed in late 2021. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast buffet, high-speed internet, and 55-inch smart TVs with the ability to stream from your favorite platforms.

Courtyard Boulder/Broomfield, 948 West Dillon Road. Louisville, CO 80027

Special Naropa nightly rate: $167

Offers spacious rooms and suites with modern design, plush bedding, ergonomic workspaces, free Wi-Fi, and HDTVs.  Enjoy the indoor pool, 24/7 fitness center, and all-new Peloton® Studio.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.