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Events & Trainings

CACE events and trainings explore various topics and disciplines in contemplative education including contemplative arts, classroom practices, community engagement practices, student and faculty workshops, mindfulness and compassion trainings and more. These events are designed to illuminate the broad range of an inclusive contemplative community. While focused on contemplative and mindfulness based foundations these events are designed for both the Naropa community and the public. For more information, contact Carla Mueller.

Welcome: Mindful Compassion Training (Part I) 

Welcome: Mindful Compassion Training (Part I) 

Tuesdays, October 1-November 19, 2019//6:30-8:30pm & Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Compassion opens and expands our minds and hearts, inspiring kindness and altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be intentionally cultivated to enhance personal well-being, resilience, and capacity to benefit others. This is because training in compassion reduces empathy fatigue, improves emotion regulation, and fosters healthy social connection.

WELCOME offers a pathway to foster mindfulness alongside lovingkindness for yourself, loved ones, and even the difficult people in our lives. Drawing on scientific research findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as practices and teachings from Buddhism, WELCOME provides a multifaceted view of the power and potential of compassion. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to a series of experiential practices, receive informative suggested readings, and engage in compassionate “fieldwork” to integrate compassion into your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Embodiment · Burnout · 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.

Tuesdays, October 1-November 19, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm (No class October 15) & Saturday, November 16, 9:30am-1pm. Naropa University, Nalanda campus (63rd & Arapahoe), Room 9235. $195 /$250 (sliding scale) Students: $50; Naropa Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $95 Register Here

For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam

Engage: deepening compassion training (part II)

Engage: Deepening Compassion Training (Part II)

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.

Tuesdays, January 21-February 11, 2020//6:30-8:30pm; Saturday, February 1, 9:30am-1pm, Naropa University Nalanda campus, 63rd & Arapahoe Avenue; Classroom tba, $150-$205 sliding scale, Naropa faculty/staff/alumni: $80 / Students: $35. Register here.

For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam

embodied mindfulness in teaching

Embodied Mindfulness in Teaching

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JUNE 1-4, 2020

Naropa Universisty, Boulder, CO 

Embodied Mindfulness in Teaching (EMIT) is an advanced contemplative program  for teachers at all instructional levels. EMIT integrates mindful compassionate presence with actual classroom teaching. Essential contemplative skills in personal development are linked to real life classroom simulations, emerging into:

  • Deep listening and speech
  • Mindful presence and movement
  • Compassionate action
  • Awareness of difference

EMIT is the culmination of thirty years of contemplative teacher education at Naropa University.

All program participants are required to have a regular mindfulness practice and to have completed a mindfulness program. A packet of activities, readings, and resources will be provided at the end of the program. Participants who attend fully will receive a Certificate of Completion.

COST: $395*


*A limited number of scholarships are available. Please email cmueller@naropa.edu to inquire.



Contemplative Dance Practice
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How to be a Creative Fool!

Movement Studies and Creative Process Training for all Bodies


With Barbara Dilley, Mary-Laurence Bevington, Joan Bruemmer, Katharine Kaufman & Darlene Lorrain


You have everything you need for this journey!

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. A winter dance art lab will be offered for all who participate in this series.

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.

Saturdays, 10am-1pm, January 25-February 29, 2020 in Nalanda 9284; March 7 & 14, 2020 in Nalanda 9180 (Dojo)

January 25: Introduction and Personal Movement Research, Barbara Dilley; February 1: Solos and Scores, Mary-Laurence Bevington; February 8: Maps of Space, Darlene Lorrain; February 15: Herding and Flocking, Joan Bruemmer; February 22: Four Quadrants, Mary-Laurence Bevington; February 29: Contemplative Dance Practice, Katharine Kaufman; March 7: The Red Square, Barbara Dilley; March 14: The Red Square, Barbara Dilley

First Session Only: $50 (January 25th)//Full Series: $150

Space is limited. Please register early.

Barbara Dilley

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



Contemplative Movement Practice

With Darlene Lorrain & Sara Benson

Contemplative Movement Practice brings together the discipline of sitting meditation with free movement investigations and the practice of improvisation.  It is an opportunity to integrate our outer and inner worlds, alone and together.

The 2 1/4 hour practice is structured by a leader who marks the time with a meditation bell. It begins with sitting meditation followed by personal bodymind awareness practice in the space and then the wild and delightful group practice called "open space" where deep play unfolds! Each session concludes with a closing circle for discussion and observations.

Drop-ins are welcome. No experience required, just a willingness to tune in, play and be in the present moment.

Facilitated by Darlene Lorrain and Sara Benson The practice is free to the community with suggested donations to Naropa University for the use of the space.

Winter/Spring 2020-Fridays 5:30-7:45pm, Jan. 17,  Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, Mar. 13, Apr. 3, Apr. 17,  May 1

Naropa University – Paramita campus 3285 30th St, Boulder, Virya classroom (s.e. corner of building) 

For information contact: Darlene Lorrain// 303-447-0375


rocky mountain dialogue on mindfulness in higher education

Rocky Mountain Dialogue on Mindfulness in Higher Education

Saturday February 29th, 2020. Hosted by University of Northern Colorado Greely. Hosted by the University, a one-day conference for higher ed professionals, students & faculty to share and learn ideas, insights & practices.

Register here: https://rockymountaindialogues.eventbrite.com


Requests for accommodations for the event can be sent to karen.eichel@unco.edu 

Mudra Space Awareness

Mudra Space Awareness: A Space Yoga Workshop

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Developed in the 70s by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Mudra Space Awareness is a practice for synchronizing body, speech, and mind in the development of presence and compassion. Trungpa Rinpoche called this work "a basement approach to acting." In this case, acting means training in the capacity to function sanely under pressure. Each of us is an actor starring in the role of our own life. Shall we move through our performance mindlessly, delivering our lines ineffectively, and continue to wonder why we are so confused? The direct experience of Mudra practice enables us to learn on a gut level how form and space define and interact with each other. Adapting this knowledge to working in the world offers us contemplative ways to expand our ability to stay centered amidst the intensity of living. 

One Day Immersion Session: Saturday, April 11th , 10am-5pm 

Cost $50. Naropa students, faculty, and staff: $45//Location: Paramita Campus (3285 30th St. Boulder, CO 80301) Room: Virya

For more information and TO REGISTER: https://mudra-workshop-lee-worley.eventbrite.com

Maitri space awareness

Maitri Space Awareness

The Maitri Space Awareness is a treasury of teachings transmitted to the West from the mind and heart of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche based on ancient wisdom of the Five Buddha Families found within Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Maitri Space Awareness Practice cultivates loving-kindness, providing a foundation for the practitioner to experience both the confusion of mind and the underlying wisdom. The training will consist of talks, discussion, demonstrations and feedback, readings and experiential components. It will culminate in an assistant teaching practicum where students will have the opportunity to apply their learning as Maitri Meditation Instructors, Assistant Instructors and/or Karuna Training Interns, upon approval and completion of the program. 

Spring 2021 dates to be announced soon.

Beginning Middle End: Tools for the Contemplative Classroom 

Beginning Middle End: Tools for the Contemplative Classroom

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Beginning Middle End (Jo Ha Kyu) is an ancient concept of modulation and movement applied in a wide variety of traditional Japanese arts, and is translated as beginning, middle, and end. The roots of this practice offer an alternative paradigm to our western approach to time and transition. According to contemplative educator Richard Brown, Jo Ha Kyu can be used as a frame for simple pedagogical tools: in class for instructors, and as integrative and embodiment guidelines for both teachers and students. Fundamentally, it is a transitional device that can benefit all manner of change. 

In this workshop we will explore the foundations of the practices both historically and experientially and examine what Jo Ha Kyu offers our contemplative culture at Naropa University and beyond. 

2021 dates to be announced soon.