Program Vision

 When you become a student in Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychology program, you’ll join a learning community. The community will nurture your innate potential for self-discovery and personal growth.

This Bachelor's of Arts major has three unique components which will build your confidence and prepare you for future career success:

  • Sharpening intellect
  • Deepening intuition
  • Nourishing compassion

Sharpening Intellect

The program offers an incomparably broad spectrum of courses, integrating Western psychology and Eastern approaches to healing mind and body. The curriculum includes such diverse course offerings as: Perception, Abnormal Psychology, Jungian Dreamwork, Gestalt, Nutrition, Herbology, Psychology of the Five Elements, Expressive Arts, and many others. You’ll be challenged to master the theoretical details of each discipline and encouraged to work within a wider context—a holistic web of interrelated knowledge.

Deepening Intuition

Contemplative practice is an art of self-discovery. It is the crucial element that transforms otherwise merely abstract knowledge into authentic personal integration. The practice of sitting meditation—drawn from the ancient Buddhist and modern Shambhala traditions as transmitted by Naropa University’s founder—is the heart of your contemplative training. This practice matures mindfulness, insight and appreciation for direct experience. In more advanced and intensive training, in disciplines such as Maitri Space Awareness, you’ll gain more subtle understanding of a wide variety of psychological energies.

Nourishing Compassion

One of the fruits of contemplative education is genuine kindness toward oneself, and gentleness toward others. This will motivate your growing commitment to extending toward others in compassion and service. To further this end, you’ll have practical opportunities for volunteer fieldwork in a required service-learning course. This fieldwork provides valuable experience for occupations that require special sensitivity and skill in interpersonal relationships—particularly in the helping professions.

mindi counts

Alumni Highlight

“My training at Naropa has kept me soft and open in a world that is complex and sometimes painful to be trying to wake up in. The skills I learned remind me to pause, get present, feel into my own true nature, and to take in the whole picture rather than narrowly focusing on my world and the difficulties that arise."

Mindi K. Counts

Founder, Inner Ocean Empowerment Project; Acupuncturist

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