CACE Events and Trainings

CACE Contemplative Education Colloquia explore topics in contemplative education by engaging Naropa faculty from various disciplines to share and discuss their relevant teaching methodologies, research and insights. While focused on contemplative pedagogy, these monthly colloquia are open to all members of the Naropa community and the public. For more information, contact Charlotte Rotterdam.

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invites you to a Community Gathering:

Mudra Space Awareness: A Naropa Heritage Practice With:

LS Summer, Adjunct Faculty, Carla Mueller, MDiv Alumna, Adjunct Faculty, Joshua Shelton, MDiv Alumnus


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. 

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12-1:20pm

Where: Paramita Campus / Virya

Cost: Free

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam at  


The Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education is pleased to announce:

The 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Dialogues on Mindfulness in Higher Education 

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 / 9am-4pm

Where: Naropa University Events Center (6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80301)

Cost: Free 

What does it mean to integrate mindfulness into higher education? How do we practice contemplative education and pedagogy? In the spirit of an “unconference” please join a gathering that explores key issues in this growing movement: Where do “diversity/inclusivity” and “mindfulness” work intersect? What role does science play in the growth of the mindfulness movement, and how can we participate in shaping that role? What are the potentially troubling “shadows” of mindfulness that show up in our institutions and how do we respond to them? The day includes contemplative practice, large and small group discussions, and topic-specific workshops including the invitation to share your voice and inspirations and to contribute literature and information about your related projects to the RMD Resource Table.

Free lunch is provided please RSVP by April 9th  using this link: 

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Carla Mueller at least two weeks prior to the event.

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Naropa Mindful Compassion Training

April 3-May 8, 2018

CI TrainingCompassion 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 enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience and to benefit others.

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 and somatic 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.

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Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies. Author of Dakini’s Warm Breath and editor of Meditation and the Classroom:  Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies.



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Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance. Author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation.



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Jordan Quaglia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemplative Psychology.



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Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.


When: Tuesdays, April 3-May 8, 2018; 3-5pm
Location: Lincoln Lecture Hall, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

Cost: $195 / $250 (sliding scale)


For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam,




Barbara DilleyContemplative 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

Introductory Session: Saturday, Febraury 3rd, 2018, 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)


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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 February 3rd, 2018 if you are new to the form.

Space is very limited. Please register early.

Spring dates: February 17; March 3; March24; April 7; April 14; April 21.  

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 at least 2 weeks prior to the event.






contemplative movement practice

Where: Nalanda Campus, Room 9184 (1st floor of the north/west side of the building)

When: January 6; February 9; February 23; March 9; March 23; April 6; April 20; May 4

Cost: The practice is free to the community with suggested donations to Naropa University for the use of the space.

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

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Darlene Lorrain at (303) 447-0375 or at least 2 weeks prior to the event.



Dialogue and Difference: Exploring Naropa's Inter-Religious Heritage with Religious Studies Faculty Members: Judith Simmer-Brown, Sreedevi Bringi & Zvi Ish-Shalom