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Contemplative Dance Practice, offered during the 1980 Naropa Institute Summer Session, is a three hour practice when students sit at the interface between meditative disciplines and dance/movement studies. CDP is adapted from the experience of meditation halls and inspired by Dharma Art teachings of Naropa’s founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Over 35 years Naropa’s alumni have taken CDP into the world, and met new environments, cultures, and students, both beginners and experienced. We will explore the original form as well as variations offered by returning alumni. Come as you are. You have everything you need for the journey.

This is a rare opportunity to study and practice with Barbara Dilley, founding Naropa faculty and the creator of Contemplative Dance Practice. The program is part of the Heritage Project which documents, archives and trains in contemplative practices developed uniquely within Naropa’s lineage of contemplative education.

Barbara Dilley (BA, Mt. Holyoke College, ’60), trained in ballet, then studied and performed dance in New York City (1960-1975) with Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Yvonne Rainer, and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that extended the definitions of improvisation. Moving to Boulder (1974), she designed the Dance / Movement Studies program at Naropa University, served as President (1985-1993), and retired in 2015. Her memoir and handbook, This Very Moment: teaching thinking dancing, 2015, Naropa University Press, is available at www.barbaradilley.com.

Introductory Session: Saturday, September 16, 10am-1pm

This three hour session includes the history and context of Contemplative Dance Practice, followed by guided instruction in CDP: I Sitting Meditation (being willing to come back)/II Personal Awareness Practice (finding Kinesthetic Delights)/   III Open Space (opening to Deep Play with ensemble)/IV Discussion.

Cost: $50//Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER: https://contemplative-dance-introduction-2017.eventbrite.com

Ongoing Practice Series:

A committed group meets on Saturdays, 10am-1pm, twice per month, for contemplative dance practice guided by Barbara Dilley and alumni. Please attend the intro session on September 16 if you are new to the form.

Space is very limited. Please register early.

Fall dates: September 30; October 14 & 28; November 11 & 18; December 2

Cost: $120 // Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)


Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam crotterdam@naropa.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.



September 22 // 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO

$15-25 sliding scale at the door // $15 online advance tickets

FREE to Naropa students with ID

This unprecedented visual survey uncovers seers and medicine women in the cultural record—in rock art, sculpture, ceramics, seals, bronzes. Max Dashu draws back the conceptual veil that obscures our view of female spiritual leadership, revealing a rich female past, and overturns the presumption that archaic shamanism was a masculine preserve. Women make ceremony in the rock art of the Sahara, southern Africa, Azerbaijan, Spain, and Baja California. They dance with tigers on Indus seals, with serpents on Iranian and Cretan ones. on Aztec codices, Ecuadorian ceramics, and Chinese and Nigerian bronzes. 90-minute visual talk, followed by book signing. Hosted by Fabio Fina Coaching. $15-25 sliding scale at the door, or $15 for online advance purchase tickets. Free to Naropa students with ID. 

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8-Week Public Program


Mondays, September 25–November 13 // 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Naropa Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO, Classroom 9235 (2nd Floor)

Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and trained, both to benefit others and to enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience.

This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.

The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Self-compassion
  • Loving-kindness
  • Empathy
  • Resilient compassion
  • Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices
  • Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out
  • Is compassion always nice?

The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, Buddhist studies, and the arts.

  • Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies; Author of Natural Wakefulness and Natural Bravery
  • Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance; Author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation
  • Jane Carpenter, MA, Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology
  • Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College; CACE Director

Dates: Mondays, September 25-November 13.

Times: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: Naropa Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe, Classroom 9235 (2nd floor)

Cost: General: $195 / $295 (sliding scale)

  • Please note that general tickets are offered at two prices; please choose the one that best fits your means. Those who are able to pay the higher tuition allow us to offer scholarships and lower tuition to others. Thank you!

For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam, crotterdam@naropa.edu

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam crotterdam@naropa.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.



One weekend, One credit


September 29, 7:00 p.m.  9:00 p.m. 
September 30, October 1, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Nalanda Event Center // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO
Students may register for 1 credit on mynaropa.edu under REL 158W/504W

Conceptualizing beings based on perceptions of differences such as high or low social status, light-skinned or dark, rich or poor, this clan or that, should be abandoned. The question is, how do we do that? This same question was posed to the Buddha by his direct disciples. This weekend, we will review his advice and endeavor to embark upon both the practice and the mind-training {meditation) he prescribed that allows us to re-incline the mind and heart towards a different way of seeing, knowing and  engaging with each other.

Over the weekend we will delve into this with practice & reflection. Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and Co-Director of Heartwood Refuge. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Chan traditions, received Vajrayana empowerments and teachings, and received transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemaker.





Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20

Naropa University is proud to announce our first annual Community Week, debuting October 16-20, 2017. Loosely themed on the Year of the Firebird, 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.

Join us for Community Week 2017, and together we’ll ignite the world.

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Experience Naropa                        

Friday, October 20 // 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Nalanda // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO

Attend classes, meet with faculty and other community members, and discover the beauty and benefits of contemplative education. Open to all.

Sponsored by: Office of Admissions




October 27-29 // Scotts Valley, California

Radicalizing Contemplative Education: Compassion, Intersectionality, and Justice in Challenging Times




November 3-4, 2017 

Friday evening public talk:

The Craving Mind: From smartphones to cigarettes to love – Why we get hooked and how to tap the inherent power of our minds

Time: 7pm; Location: Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder

Tickets: https://varela-lecture-jud-brewer.eventbrite.com


Saturday workshop:

Experiencing our craving minds (and how we can tap into their potential)

We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eat, smoke, excessively drink, or any other behavior, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Can we learn how our minds work, and even tap into this very process to find a key to conquer the cravings we know are unhealthy for us and open our natural capacities for awareness and kindness?

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist brings together over 20 years of experience of meditation practice and teaching, clinical work and neuroscience research to develop novel treatments for behavior change. His in-person and app-based training are scientifically proven to help break bad habits, and fostering flourishing, including those for emotional and stress eating (Eat Right Nowâ) and smoking cessation (Craving to Quitâ).

In this experiential seminar, Dr. Brewer will describe how we can tap into the actual processes that encourage habitual behaviors in order to step out of them. In very accessible ways, he will describe the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, and then teach participants ways to help them experience and learn how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits in their own lives. He will also show participants how to build their own capacities of awareness, kindness, and curiosity.

This program may be especially helpful for clinicians and therapists who are looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors, as well as individuals who might be looking to break habits such as emotional eating, anxiety and others. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and the latest scientific findings from his own lab and others, this seminar offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing self-compassion, and living a fuller life.

Suggested reading: The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits, by Judson Brewer (Yale University Press).

November 3-4, 2017; Friday 7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm: $145

Friday eve only: $20; Naropa faculty/staff $10; Naropa students $5

Nalanda Events Center, Naropa University, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam crotterdam@naropa.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is an internationally known thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. Dr. Brewer has developed novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including smoking, stress eating, and anxiety (e.g. www.goeatrightnow.com), and has studied their underlying brain mechanisms. His work has been featured on 60 minutes, at TED.com (top 10 talks of 2016), in Time magazine, Forbes, NPR and the BBC among others. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).




Saturday, November 4// 1:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO

Naropa University

Graduate Counseling Preview is specially designed to give you in-depth information about Naropa's graduate counseling degree programs.

Packed with information and activities designed to familiarize prospective students with counseling at Naropa, the Preview also gives a general overview of Naropa's unique academic environment and student life as well.

Naropa University's MA Clinical Mental Health Programs presented during this preview:

  • Transpersonal Art Therapy
  • Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy
  • Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling (hybrid & on campus)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology

Explore Naropa's graduate counseling degree programs here.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Martha Husick at 303-546-3548 or at admissionsevents@naropa.edu.




Transforming the Paradigm of care

December 7-10, 2017 

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO
Naropa University

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

As we inevitably face the personal, collective and institutional challenges of living and dying, patients, families, and healthcare professionals are exploring and putting into action new ways of understanding the value of contemplative care. Convene in a community of caretakers for keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops and contemplative practices. Continuing Education hours available for nursing and counseling. (Discounts available for the Naropa Community - please watch your e-mail for the promotional codes.)

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Ongoing Events

Art Exhibitions

Free and open to the Public

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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Weekly Meditation Instruction Sessions–Fall 2017 Sessions Start on Wednesday, September 13

Free and open to the Public
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus// 6287 Arapahoe Avenue // Room 9240

Naropa offers weekly meditation instruction sessions, featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members about mindfulness and its application in everyday life. No experience necessary. Come as you are.



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