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Extended Campus

Naropa Extended Campus offers continuing education, professional development and public programs for the lifelong learner within us all. Our programs promote Naropa University’s core mission and values in ways uniquely adapted to meet your ongoing educational needs.

Anchored in experiential and contemplative education principles, Extended Campus programs bring the embodied richness of the Naropa on-campus experience into accessible, learner-centered online and hybrid formats. By applying mindfulness infused learning across a variety of disciplines, we prepare compassionate leaders with the knowledge, wisdom and skills they need to “be the change” in their workplaces and communities.

Extended Campus programs are created and delivered by a diverse group of resident Naropa faculty, as well as distinguished visiting scholars who are widely respected for their academic, creative and socially engaged contributions. Many of our programs are enriched through impactful collaborations with other leading visionary organizations and mission-aligned partnerships.

By combining experiential depth, contemplative pedagogy, and online flexibility, Extended Campus offers dynamic public programs that support your personal and professional goals in ways only Naropa University can offer.

Current Programs

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Psychedelic Alchemy Speaker Series:
Proposition 122: Where Do We Go From Here?

Spring 2023 // 1.5 Hours // Live Online

On November 8th, 2022 Colorado made drug policy history by passing Proposition 122, which established hybrid legalization and decriminalization of certain psychedelic medicines within the State. While this legislation is a groundbreaking accomplishment, many questions regarding accessibility, education, integration, and potential monopolization remain.

Join the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies and Chacruna Institute for this co-sponsored panel discussion examining these questions and more as we look toward the future of psychedelics in Colorado!

Wednesday | 1:00-2:30pm MT | Jan 18th, 2023

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Sacred Activism:
Social Justice as Spiritual Practice

Spring 2023 // 10 Hours // Instructor-Led Asynchronous Course

Can the work of activism be “sacred?” This powerful program explores how an action-oriented, spirituality-infused approach to anti-racism can foster compassion, radically transform anger, reduce burnout, and holistically integrate social justice nito your work, personal, and spiritual life.

January 26th – February 19th, 2023

Returning the Self to Nature:
A Conversation with Jeanine Canty, PhD

Spring 2023 // 1.5 Hours // Live Online

Could viewing the environmental crisis as a psychological crisis, and vice versa, facilitate a mutuality of healing between people and nature?

Join author and professor Jeanine Canty and faculty host Jason Appt as they discuss Jeanine’s latest book, Returning the Self to Nature, examine the environmental impact of collective narcissism, and explore reconnection to the natural world as a social and planetary healing modality.

Tuesday | 6:30-8:00pm MT | Feb 21st, 2023

Mindful Compassion Training

Spring 2023 // 15 Hours // Live Online

In this 8-week course, you’ll learn how to intentionally cultivate self-compassion and compassion for others as a means of enhancing well-being, improving resilience, and bolstering one’s capacity to benefit others.

Guided by a team of expert Naropa University instructors, you will explore an integrative approach to mindful compassion training that blends cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology with practices and teachings from ancient wisdom traditions.

Wednesdays | 6:30-8:30pm MT | Feb 22nd-Apr 12th, 2023
Saturday | 9:30am-1:00pm MT | Apr 8th, 2023

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate Program

Summer 2023 // 200 Hours // Hybrid

The 2023 Naropa University Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies is an 8-month, 200-hour, non-degree certificate program that provides post-graduate level training for advanced professionals working in relevant therapeutic areas, including mental health counseling, psychiatry, chaplaincy, and social work.

Guided by distinguished Naropa faculty and leading experts in the field, trainees receive an in-depth education in essential aspects of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy, trauma-informed care, and spiritual integration.

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Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

October 2023 Visit to Colorado

Naropa University and the Ri-mé Society are honored to sponsor Kyabje Rabjam Rinpoche’s historic return to Colorado!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join Rinpoche for a for a series of engaging lectures and seminars, exploring “Enlightened Courage,” and much more.

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