Community Week: October 15-19, 2018

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Naropa University is proud to announce Community Week 2018! Loosely themed on the Year of the Earth Dog, the week of free events will provide alumni, students, faculty, staff, and visitors to learn more about the university’s storied past, vibrant present, and exciting future through a variety of offerings including panel discussions, presentations, interactive workshops, contemplative practice offerings, and much more.

From October 19-21, we cordially invite parents & families to join us for Parent & Family Weekend, an opportunity to come and learn more about what your student is experiencing at Naropa University.

community week Schedule of Events*:

Monday, October 15

Community Resilience Day             

11 a.m-2 p.m. // Arapahoe: Green

Let’s build a Nega-watt power plant together! What’s that? Join us for Community Resilience Day and find out. Through play and sharing, we’ll enjoy local organic food and live music, and learn about deep community resilience. Open to all. Sponsored by: Sustainability Council

Arapahoe Campus Tour

1–2 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Join us for a guided tour and learn about the history of Naropa University and what’s on the horizon. Open to all.

Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

2–3 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Learn about contemplative education, the undergraduate curriculum, student life, financial aid, and much more. Open to all.

Chado: Way of Tea

3–6 p.m. // Arapahoe: Tea House

Experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the intimate space of Naropa’s Tea House. Seating limited to six. Open to all. Sponsored by: Office of Contemplative Practices & Spirituality

Tuesday, October 16

Community Practice Day                                             

All day // Nalanda: various

The Naropa University community comes together once each semester to celebrate our culture and traditions by engaging in diverse contemplative practices and exploring rich offerings by our faculty, staff, and students. Open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Sponsored by: Office of Contemplative Practices & Spirituality

Alumni Luncheon

12:15–1:30 p.m. // Nalanda: 9235

Alumni are invited for a complimentary lunch to build community, make connections, and create new ways to enact positive change in the world. Open to alumni only. Sponsored by: Office of Alumni Relations

Wednesday, October 17

Beloved Community Day                           

12–1:20 p.m. // Nalanda: Events Center

Naropa University’s Community Code of Conduct—a random list? A relic of a time gone by? Or a much needed remedy to the consumeristic and caustic speed of modern life? On Beloved Community Day, the Office for Inclusive Community takes up this question and invites you on a quest to breathe life into the agreements we inherit when we become members of Naropa University. Sponsored by: Office for Inclusive Community

Arapahoe Campus Tour

1–2 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

2–3 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Nalanda Campus Tour

4–5 p.m. // Nalanda: South Lobby

Join us for a guided tour of the Nalanda Campus, home of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the School of the Arts, and the Naropa Community Art Studio. Open to all.

Evening Meditation Session

6:30-7:30 p.m. // Nalanda: Meditation Hall

Create community and strengthen your practice alongside others interested in mindfulness meditation. No experience necessary; faculty will review basic techniques during the session. Open to all. Sponsored by: Office of Contemplative Practices & Spirituality

Thursday, October 18

Keep Naropa Weird                       

12-4 p.m. // Arapahoe: Green

An invitation to play in a free, come-as-you-are, spontaneous, self-care, creative resistance event that will invigorate your wild Naropa fire! Open to all. Sponsored by: Undergraduate Academic Advising / Naropa College / Student Union of Naropa

Arapahoe Campus Tour

1–2 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Rock the Vote!                       

6-9 p.m. // Arapahoe: Center for Culture, Identity, and Social Justice

Make a difference in your community this election season! Voter education and registration will be available, along with live folk music, snacks and prizes. Open to all. Sponsored by: SPARC (Spiritual Political Activist Radical Coalition) Student Group

Radically Happy Book Talk & Signing with Phakchok Rinpoche & Erric Solomon

7-9 p.m. // Nalanda: Events Center

General Admission $10 // Naropa Faculty & Staff $5 // Naropa Students FREE

Join us for an evening with Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon, who will talk about their new book, Radically Happy, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for sale. East meets West in this fresh, modern take on a timeless challenge: how to find contentment and meaning in life.

In Radically Happy, a meditating Silicon Valley entrepreneur teams up with a young, insightful, and traditionally educated Tibetan Rinpoche. Together they present a path to radical happiness—a sense of well-being that you can access anytime but especially when life is challenging. Using mindfulness techniques and accessible meditations, personal stories and scientific studies, you’ll get to know your own mind and experience how a slight shift in your perspective can create a radical shift in your life.


When Madmen Lead the Blind: A Tale of Lear                                         

7:30 p.m. // Arapahoe: Performing Arts Center

An ensemble-based production based on William Shakespeare's timeless trajedy. By fracturing the story, we gain new insight into the themes within the narrative. This collective collaboration will explore the themes of nothingness, power, sight, insight, and filial love. Open to all. Presented by: MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program

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Friday, October 19 (part of Parent & Family Weekend)

Paramita Campus Tour

10–10:45 a.m. // Paramita: Main Lobby

Join us for a guided tour of the Paramita Campus, home to the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology. Open to all.

Arapahoe Campus Tour

10–10:45 a.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

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Experience Naropa Open House                        

11 a.m-3 p.m. // Nalanda: various

Attend classes, meet with faculty and other community members, and discover the beauty and benefits of contemplative education. Prospective undergraduate students are invited to On-the-Spot Admissions! Skip the wait, apply for free, learn if you qualify for an academic scholarship, and receive an admissions decision all in one visit. Open to all.

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Residence Hall Tour

3:30-4:30 p.m. // Start at Snow Lion, then to 2333 Arapahoe

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3:30-5:30 p.m. // Nalanda: Events Center

SparkTalks, dynamic presentations that share the wisdom of Naropa's alumni, will open your heart, broaden your perspective, and enliven your spirit. Free & open to all. Sponsored by: Office of Alumni Relations

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Parent & Family Opening Reception                                                 

5:30-6:30 p.m. // Nalanda: Dojo
Mix, mingle, and learn about what’s in store for Naropa University. Light refreshments served. Sponsored by: Offices of Development & Alumni Relations

When Madmen Lead the Blind: A Tale of Lear                                        

7:30 p.m. // Arapahoe: Performing Arts Center

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Saturday, October 20 - Parent & Family Weekend

Parent Experience Programs                                                

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. // Arapahoe: The Learning Commons, 2nd floor of Wulsin

Make connections with faculty and staff who support your student's journey and hear from Naropa alumni who have taken their experience out into the world. Open to parents & families of Naropa University students. Sponsored by: Office of Development

9:30am - Check-in
10:00am - Three Ways of Knowing with Carole Clements
11:30am - Student Affairs Resources
Noon - Lunch
1:00pm  - Alumni Panel
2:15pm - Authentic Leadership 
3-3:30pm - Questions and Close

When Madmen Lead the Blind: A Tale of Lear                                        

2:00pm & 7:30 p.m. // Arapahoe: Performing Arts Center

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*Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 / to discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.