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Upcoming Events

How to be a Creative Fool! - January 25 – March 14

HeartFire Festival - February 1

Opening the Heart - February 14-16

The Lived Experience as the Gateway to Freedom - March 5

Teaching Tolerance - April 21

ENGAGE: Deepening Compassion Training - Every Tuesday

Befriending Anxiety - Every Wednesday

Reiki - Every Monday

Embodied Resilience - Every Thursday


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How to be a Creative Fool! Movement Studies with Barbara Dilley & Others
Saturday, Jan 25, 10:00 a.m. – Saturday, Mar 14, 1:00 p.m.
6287 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 80301
$50 – $150

Using contemplative arts disciplines evolved at Naropa University since 1974, we explore body-mind skills to nourish dance/theater ‘deep play’ expression, and art in everyday life. Fool in the most expansive sense ~ playful, shy, curious, hesitant, willing to dare, and to offer the unknown as well as the familiar. This training is directed by Barbara Dilley and members of the ‘dance.art.lab’ community.



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HeartFire Festival
Saturday, February 1
11:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
2130 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 8030
$22 – $49

In addition to bringing you the best lineups the independent festival scene has ever seen, HeartFire is also providing affordable access to doctoral-level education about ancient spiritual traditions from a diverse range of cultures around the world, as taught by real elders and lineage holders with a progressive, universalist approach.

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Opening the Heart: A Compassion Training and Dialogue Program
Nalanda Events Center, February 14-16
6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301

Roshi Joan Halifax, Rev. Mark Unno, and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Sponsored by Naropa’s Wisdom Traditions Department and Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education: The Compassion Initiative and Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Foundation

Throughout Buddhist history, the compassion teachings and practices have been foundational for many diverse lineages and cultures. Each lineage, however, offers distinctive perspectives and meditations to deepen compassion. This meditation and dialogue weekend brings the Zen, Shin, and Tibetan traditions together with theological context and practical training in compassion. In addition, the three renowned teachers join in an historic conversation about how we can open the heart and meet the suffering of our world.

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The Lived Experience as the Gateway to Freedom

The Lived Experience as the Gateway to Freedom with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Thursday, March 5
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
$0 - $25

The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for Buddhist Studies and American Culture & Values and Naropa University are pleased to host an evening lecture with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on The Lived Experience as the Gateway to Freedom.

Born to parents who migrated from rural Louisiana, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, is the author of Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, Belonging The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality & Gender, and Tell Me Something About Buddhism. She is contributing author to many books, including Together We are One (Parallax), Dharma, Color and Culture: Voices From Western Buddhist Teachers of Color and Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. She holds a master's degree from U.C.L.A. and Ph.D. in Transformative Learning from California Institute of Integral Studies. Learn more at her website: zenju.org.




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Teaching Tolerance: Social Justice Teaching 101
Tuesday, April 21 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
6287 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 80301
$0 - $15

This interactive workshop helps teachers learn how to effectively implement anti-bias instruction in their classrooms. Participants will explore practical strategies for accomplishing academic and social-emotional goals side by side. They will discuss learning conditions that honor all identities and reflect diversity, equity and justice. After exploring ready-to-use materials, applying rigorous standards and planning ways to incorporate research-based teaching practices, participants will leave the workshop with ideas and tools for transforming their classrooms and schools.




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ENGAGE: Deepening Compassion Training
Tuesdays, January 21-February 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Naropa University Nalanda campus, 63rd & Arapahoe Avenue
General: $150-$205 sliding scale
Naropa faculty/staff/alumni: $80 / Students: $35

This pilot training builds on previously established compassion practices, study and trainings (in particular from Naropa’s Mindful Compassion Training: WELCOME.) We will deepen and expand the scope of compassion, focusing on difficult people and situations in our lives, as well as broader societal forms of suffering. Our core practice is tonglen (“sending and taking”), a traditional meditation in which we intensify our engagement with and compassion for suffering within and around us. Current scientific research supports our study and practice. You will be encouraged to work with a particular situation in your life or larger environment over the course of the training to apply the teachings and practices towards compassionate transformation. Pre-requisite: Attendance and completion of the Mindful Compassion Training: WELCOME; a full-semester undergraduate or graduate course at Naropa focused on compassion; or equivalent training (with permission of instructors). Instructors: Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD; Gaylon Ferguson, PhD; Jordan Quaglia, PhD.



Befriending Anxiety 

Befriending Anxiety
Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
3400 Table Mesa Dr. Suite 102, Boulder, CO
$10 weekly

Slow down and find the brilliance of anxiety - turn anxiety into your friend.

Come build a toolboc to transform fear:

  • Learn about real self-care
  • Mindfulness and grounding techniques
  • Change the way you interact with anxiety
  • Identify the face and purpose of your inner critic

Questions? Call: 303-546-3589


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Every Monday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
3400 Table Mesa Dr. Suite 102, Boulder, CO
$5-10 suggested Donation

Reiki is a compassionate energy healing achieved through the channeling of energy and restoring of the client’s energy field around the body, stimulating the body’s innate healing ability and restoring physical and emotional wellbeing.

Call to reserve a 30 minute session: 303-546-3589



Embodied Resilience
Every Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
3400 Table Mesa Dr. Suite 102, Boulder, CO
Free Drop-in

  • Explore the connection between your body and emotions
  • Gain awareness of your own emotional and somatic patterns
  • Learn emotional regulation and coping skills
  • Practice emotional expression through mindful movement
  • Deepen your understanding of nonverbal communication





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Art Exhibitions

Free & open to all

The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

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