Community Week: October 14-19, 2019

Naropa University is proud to announce the theme of Community Week 2019: Just Joy! 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 18-19, 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 14

Beloved Community & Indigenous Peoples' Day                           

Mural Painting RISE;  Courageous Conversations with Visiting Artist Gregg Deal

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. // Arapaho: Green

Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist who challenges Western perceptions of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history and stereotypes. Through his work — paintings, murals, performance art, filmmaking and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues and tells stories of decolonization and appropriation that affect Indian country. Deal’s activism exists in his art, as well as his participation in political movements.

Community Meal

12-1 p.m. // Arapaho: Green

Arapaho Campus Tour

1–2 p.m. // Arapaho: 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. // Arapaho: 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. // Arapaho: Tea House

Experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the intimate space of Naropa’s Tea House. Seating limited to six. 

Tuesday, October 15

Community Practice Day                                             

8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. // Nalanda: various

Community Practice Day is a very special day we recognize at Naropa to engage in contemplative practice and workshops in the arts, in the spirit of honoring our roots and traditions. The morning keynote speaker will be Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at 10:30 a.m., and the day will conclude with Gregg Deal's "I Speak for Myself" at 3:30 p.m.

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. 

Wednesday, October 16

Community Resilience Day             

Living into the Work that Reconnects

12-1:20 p.m. // Arapaho: Performing Arts Center

Community Resilience Day is a celebration of humanity. Welcome the onset of Fall and live into the daily practice of co-creating regenerative community and resilience together. Come harvest tools and resources for personal and community resilience.This year, we practice gratitude in the midst of chaos. Come gather at this ritual, where we will connect to ourselves, each other and the Earth, with the extremely moving and timely work of Joanna Macy. Using storytelling, movement and art, experience a powerful introduction to the work that reconnects

"Invisible Eulogy" Performance by Visiting Artist Gregg Deal

2 p.m. // Arapaho: Performing Arts Center

Communi-Tea with Visiting Artist Gregg Deal

3 p.m. // Arapaho: Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Arapaho Campus Tour

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

Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

2–3 p.m. // Arapaho: 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: Mindfulness for Work, Life & Wellbeing

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. 

Thursday, October 17

Keep Naropa Weird                       

12-4pm // Arapaho: 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! Silent disco DJ, Paint the Goose, Freak Flags, Mural, Spontaneous Poetry, PIZZA and more! 

Arapaho Campus Tour

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

Student Group Mixer  

6-8 p.m. // Arapaho: Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This mixer for student group leaders and members will provide opportunities for connection and collaboration, as well as support for hosting student events, fun, rejuvenation and delicious snacks! 

Friday, October 18 (part of Parent & Family Weekend)

Arapaho Campus Tour

10–10:45 a.m. // Arapaho: 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.

RSVP to Experience Naropa

Residence Hall Tour

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

Parent & Family Opening Reception                                                  

6:30 p.m. // Arapaho: Pamela Krasney Pavilion & Sycamore Lounge
Mix, mingle, and learn about what’s in store for Naropa University. Light refreshments served. or 303-546-3594.



7 p.m. // Arapaho: Performing Arts Center

Created as an invitation for alumni to come home to Naropa, SparkTalks offers a platform to showcase the wisdom of alums by sharing discoveries and applications of their education with the local community and a broader audience. Free and open to all, audience members will be treated to presentations centered around this year’s theme JustJoy – finding and maintaining joy amidst social justice activism. As a part of NU's annual Community Week, SparkTalks continues to inspire generations of mindful leaders and spark new ideas. Speaker's include: Carl Baccelleri - MA Contemplative Psychotherapy 1997, Sally Aderton - MA Creation Spirituality 2001, Regina Smith - MA Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology 2012, Justin Bogardus - MA Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology 2013, Leselie Grasa - MFA Contemporary Theatre Program 2016, Nora Alwah & Nic Aquino-Roithmayr - MA Somatic Counseling Psychology 2016 & MA Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology, Jacenta Irlanda - Art Therapy 2017.


Breeze of Simplicity Keynote Talk: Sanity within Chaos                                                 

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

7-9 p.m. // Nalanda: Nalanda Events Center

Believe it or not, it is possible to dwell in a state of calmness even within the most intense periods of outer, or even inner, chaos. Fortunately for ourselves, the Buddha emphasized that we do not have to believe this; we can actually experience it for ourselves.  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and other books. Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism.


Saturday, October 19 - Parent & Family Weekend

Parent and Family Experiential

8:30-1:30 p.m. // Arapaho: The Learning Commons in Wulsin Hall

The Parent & Family Experiential offers parents and family of students a way to experience the uniqueness of a Naropa education. Parents and family will participate in a contemplative practice, a sample class, and engage with alumni and Naropa staff that serve students. Lunch will be provided. Open to parents and family of current Naropa students. or 303-546-3594.


*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.