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Café Contemplative

Naropa Extended Campus and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE) presents Café Contemplative.

Welcome to Café Contemplative, a space for all to explore the profound potential of contemplative practice and transformation. Join a diverse community committed to fostering mindfulness, compassion, wisdom, and wakefulness throughout our lives. Through engaging talks, workshops, trainings, and more, we offer numerous pathways for cultivating and deepening these shared values, qualities, and aspirations.


Mindfulness is For Everyone Series

Roots of Liberation: Integrating Ancestral Wisdom and Contemplative Practice for Ecological Healing and Collective Transformation

with Betsy Gonzalez Blohm

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June 13, 2024 // 6:00 - 7:30pm MT // Free Online Talk

About This Program

It’s no secret that Mother Earth is in need of healing—a process contingent upon collective transformation at multiple levels. Our interrelated disconnection from the earth, nature, and one another not only leads to ecological destruction but also significant human suffering, eroding connection to place, community, and our authentic selves. These overlapping layers mean that those working relentlessly for climate and social justice can end up burning themselves out or enacting aggression in their work. Moreover, particularly in racial justice work, white people’s guilt sometimes gets in the way because it is either energy-depleting or leads to defensiveness.

To sustain the work of collective ecological and social transformation, we must reconnect with the roots that ground and nourish us. Each of us has a lineage of intergenerational trauma of some kind that relates to today’s systems of oppression. We also each possess indigenous ancestral wisdom which we can uncover as an antidote to disconnection and injustice.

Join Betsy Gonzalez Blohm as she shares contemplative practices for reconnecting to the roots of our ancestral wisdom. She will also explore the synergy between mindfulness-based approaches and what is needed to support sustainable, life-giving service toward ecological healing and collective liberation.

About The Speaker

Betsy Gonzalez Blohm spent a decade-long career as an educator in public schools teaching and leading for equity before becoming a professor and dean at Naropa University. Her lifelong journey exploring racial identity as a White Iricana (her term to describe Irish and Mexican heritage) while engaging in social justice work has taught her that earth reconnection, collective liberation, and ancestral healing are interdependent. She weaves mindfulness, ancestral healing, and embodiment practices into justice, equity, and inclusion programs for businesses, nonprofits, and schools. She is currently designing Ancestral Reconnection for Collective Liberation retreats to support participants in cultivating grounded roots and wholeness from which to act for the benefit of our earth and each other.

Betsy Gonzalez Blohm spent a decade-long career as an educator in public schools teaching and leading for equity before becoming a professor and dean at Naropa University. Her lifelong journey exploring racial identity as a White Iricana (her term to describe Irish and Mexican heritage) while engaging in social justice work has taught her that earth reconnection, collective liberation, and ancestral healing are interdependent. She weaves mindfulness, ancestral healing, and embodiment practices into justice, equity, and inclusion programs for businesses, nonprofits, and schools. She is currently designing Ancestral Reconnection for Collective Liberation retreats to support participants in cultivating grounded roots and wholeness from which to act for the benefit of our earth and each other.


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What Is—and Isn't—a Contemplative Practice? Mindful Brains, Present Minds, and Wakeful Beings

In this talk, Dr. Jordan Quaglia offers how a clear definition of contemplative practice is not only possible—it matters. By clearly describing the essential elements and boundary conditions of contemplative practices, we find a much more diverse and wide-ranging landscape of possible practices and approaches to contemplative training. On a personal level, this can inspire us to rethink, refine, and expand our own practices. Collectively, this new approach reveals pathways for fostering a more inclusive mindfulness movement throughout society.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.