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Past Programs

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.

Here you’ll find an archive of previous Extended Campus offerings, with links to audio and video content along with other related resources.

Best Minds: A New Look at Allen Ginsberg's
Madness and Creativity

On May 2nd, 2023, Extended Campus hosted Dr. Stevan Weine, author of Best Minds: How Allen Ginsberg Made Revolutionary Poetry from Madness, for a unique and thought-provoking discussion on the intersection of mental health and the arts, as revealed through the life and work of prolific poet Allen Ginsberg.

Using never-before-seen materials given to him by Ginsberg, Dr. Weine explored how the poet’s psychiatric and cultural experiences informed his creative process, transforming mental illness and madness into the most powerful and widely read poetry of the twentieth century. 

Erotic Justice & Sexual Citizenship:
An Introduction

On April 20th, 2023, participants joined Associate Professor Carole Clements for an introduction to the concept of erotic justice and its relevance in today’s polarized cultural climate.

Attendees left this evening talk with a greater sense of openness in discussing sex and sexuality, as well as an expanded understanding of the role gender and sexuality play, not only in establishing diverse and inclusive communities, but in creating a widespread culture of belonging. 

Yoga Nidrā & Nāda Yoga:
An Immersion in Somatic Meditation and Sacred Sound

During this Weekend Wisdom Intensive from April 14-16, 2023, participants were introduced to the powerful practices of yoga nidrā, the yoga of guided somatic awareness, and nāda yoga, the yoga of sacred sound.

Guided by expert instructors Sreedevi Bringi, Sheela Bringi, and Brent Kuecker, attendees immersed themselves in the experiential, theoretical, and scientific aspects of these traditions, with the aim of establishing mindful awareness in blissful and deeply relaxing states.

Let Your Light Shine:
Book Signing & Discussion with the Authors

On April 11th 2023, Naropa University in partnership with Holistic Life Foundation hosted the Colorado book launch of Let Your Light Shine: How Mindfulness Can Empower Children and Rebuild Communities by Ali Smith, Atman Smith and Andrés González.

In the book, Smith, Smith, and González describe their experience teaching yoga, meditation, and breathwork to thousands of at-risk kids in Baltimore schools, helping them to develop deep reserves of patience, empathy, resolve, and—when needed—the righteous anger that fuels deep structural change.

Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecture: Barbara Bash

On April 6th, 2023. Naropa University and the Visual Arts department hosted calligraphic artist, educator, and author Barbara Bash as the Spring 2023 Lenz Distinguished Lecturer.

Bash’s exciting lecture, titled “Mapping the Moment: The Calligraphic Voice” illustratively explored her insights and experiences from the early years of the Naropa Institute.

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

On February 21st, 2023, Extended Campus hosted author, professor, and beloved Naropa community member Jeanine Canty for an evening event exploring her latest book, Returning the Self to Nature.
Together, Jeanine and faculty host Jason Appt discussed some of the core themes from the book, including the environmental impact of collective narcissism, and reconnection to the natural world as a social and planetary healing modality.
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Sacred Activism:
Social Justice as Spiritual Practice

Can activism be “Sacred?” This recurring Extended Campus program explores the work of antiracism and social justice as a spiritual practice

Created and guided by author, sacred activist and Naropa professor Dr. Jennifer Bacon, participants explore the intersection of contemplative practice and social justice, and learn how an action-oriented, spirituality-infused approach to anti-racism can foster compassion and radically transform anger. 

Compassion-Based Boundaries:
An Introduction

In daily life, we’re often confronted with difficult situations that demand we not only consider our own and others’ well-being, but also weigh possible tradeoffs between the two. How can we learn to better navigate challenging situations that push and pull our hearts and minds in multiple directions at once?

In this workshop, Director of Naropa’s Cognitive and Affective Science Lab, Jordan Quaglia, PhD, offered an introduction to what he calls compassion-based boundaries, a science-backed framework that provides practical skills for navigating complex interpersonal situations.

Tonglen: A Tool of Subtle Activism

How can we meet and engage with the pain we see in our own lives, in those around us, and in our world? What can we do to help?

Co-hosted by Extended Campus and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), this experiential workshop introduced to tonglen – “sending and taking” – an ancient Tibetan Buddhist compassion practice that enables us to turn towards difficulty with awareness and lovingkindness, and offer health, well-being, and abundance wherever it is most needed. Learn more about CACE.

Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturer: Thupten Jinpa

Naropa University was honored to host author, compassion researcher, Chair of the Mind and Life Institute, and principal English translator to the Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa, as our Spring 2022 Fredrick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturer.

Jinpa’s public lecture, titled “A Buddhist Theory of Mental Transformation” explored a classical Buddhist understanding of how enduring mental transformation takes place, especially through knowledge, insight, and practice.

Finding Your Peak State of Mind: A Conversation with Amishi P. Jha, PhD

Extended Campus was pleased to host Naropa neuroscience faculty Jordan Quaglia, PhD and CU Boulder’s Renée Crown Wellness Institute Director Sona Dimidjian, PhD for a conversation with Amishi P. Jha, PhD as they discuss her new book, Peak Mind. Together, they explored the intersections between neuroscience and contemplative practice, discussed how Jha’s mindfulness-infused approach to brain training can increase focus and decrease interest in distractions, and examined how meditation can profoundly improve cognition and help you find a peak state of mind.

Sufism and the Religion of Love

Can love and relationship be used as a tool for transforming consciousness? This Weekend Wisdom Intensive explored the intersection of love and spirituality, particularly as understood in the Sufi tradition’s infamous mazhab-i ‘eshq or “school of love.”

Guided by Naropa faculty and head of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage of Sufism, Pir Netanel Miles-Yépez, participants gained a rich understanding of secular and non-secular teachings, practices, and stories that invite us to deepen our connection to self, other, and the metaphysical.

The Way Out is Through: From Empathy Fatigue to Compassionate Resilience

Hosted on November 8, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), this online evening workshop reviewed a number of practical takeaways about compassion from the intersection of cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom traditions.

Instructors Jordan Quaglia, PhD and Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS shared practical skills and new perspectives around transforming empathy fatigue into compassionate resilience, particularly focusing on the ways compassion can reduce personal distress and burnout. Learn more about CACE.

An Intimate Dialogue with Netanel Miles-Yépez

Hosted on October 28, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus, religion scholar, philosopher, and Naropa Wisdom Traditions faculty Netanel Miles-Yépez was joined in dialogue by Naropa University graduate student, Greg Yamada. Together, Pir Netanel and the religious studies student shared stories, discussed Sufi and Hasidic principles and philosophy, and introduced Netanel’s new book, The Merging of Two Oceans: Nine Talks on Sufism & Hasidism.

In The Merging of Two Oceans, Miles-Yépez follows his In the Teahouse of Experience with a new collection of talks, laying the foundations for understanding the historical and spiritual connections between Sufism and Hasidism, two of the world’s great mystical traditions. Learn more about The Merging of Two Oceans.

WELCOME: Mindful Compassion Training

Naropa’s Fall 2021 iteration of WELCOME, hosted by Extended Campus and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), offered participants a pathway to fostering mindfulness and lovingkindness for themselves, loved ones, and even the difficult people in their lives.

Drawing upon scientific research findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as practices and teachings from Buddhism, this 8-week course incorporated a series of experiential practices, offered lecture and group discussion opportunities, provided informative suggested readings, and introduced compassionate “fieldwork,” teaching participants how to integrate compassion into their daily lives. Learn more about CACE.

Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path

This 7-week course, hosted by Extended Campus and the Chögyam Trungpa Institute, explored Cynicism and Magic, a volume of never before published talks by Chögyam Trungpa, based on his first seminar at what became Naropa University.

Class sessions featured presentations and dialogues with the book’s editors, Naropa faculty, and distinguished authors, and focused on topics such as such as positive cynicism, meditation and the fourth moment, and artistic expression. Participants were with provided fresh perspectives on Buddhist teachings for uncovering intelligence and insight, and for transcending both nihilistic thinking and naïve faith on the path of meditation.

Cynicism and Magic: Book Celebration

Hosted on October 4, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus and The Chögyam Trungpa Institute, this evening event celebrated the release of Cynicism and Magic, a new volume of never before published talks by Chögyam Trungpa, based on his first seminar at what became Naropa University.


Featuring discussion and Q&A with the book’s editors, Naropa University staff, and more, this event offered participants an opportunity to explore Chögyam Trungpa’s teachings about the real magic of positive cynicism, intuition, and critical thinking. Purchase a copy of Cynicism and Magic from our friends at Shambhala Publications. Learn more and support the Chögyam Trungpa Institute.

Anne Lamott & Neal Allen in Conversation

In this special evening event, hosted on June 3, 2021 by Naropa Extended Campus, spiritual coach and writer Neal Allen is joined in conversation by best-selling author and his wife Anne Lamott. Allen’s new book, Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You, provides a contemplative method for discovering one’s inner nature that is influenced by Eastern traditions, especially Sufism and Buddhism, as well as contemporary psychodynamics. Lamott’s best-selling spirituality books often explore a personal Christianity that is removed from the currently popular doctrinal evangelism. Together they discuss their collaborative writing life, practical approaches to spiritual practice, freedom from suffering, and much more. Purchase the book from our partners at Boulder Bookstore. Visit Neal Allen’s website at

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