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Sacred Activism:

Social Justice as Spiritual Practice

Jan 26 – Feb 19, 2023 // Course Program // Instructor-led Asynchronous Online

Can activism be “Sacred?” This powerful new program explores the work of antiracism and social justice as a spiritual practice.

Program Overview

In this three-week, 10-hour course, participants will examine multifaceted, mindfulness-enriched approaches to antiracism and social justice in an environment that promotes self-reflection, deep listening and community engagement.

Created and guided by author, sacred activist and Naropa professor Dr. Jennifer Bacon, you’ll explore the intersection of contemplative practice and social justice. Together you will learn how an action-oriented, spirituality-infused approach to anti-racism can foster compassion and radically transform anger. You’ll also investigate the significance of systemic racism, privilege, and rage, and the impact these oppressive structures have on race, collective consciousness, and the modern social justice movement. 

Join us and discover how Sacred Activism can transcend traditional diversity training, teaching this work as an inspiring, embodied practice that reduces burnout, promotes a more sustainable approach to activism, and holistically integrates social justice into your work, personal, and spiritual life.

No-Cost Enrollment for Educators

Naropa University is committed to anti-racism, and supports honest dialogue about systems of oppression within the United States. In recognition of recent legislation that restricts discussions of institutionalized racism and inequity in educational settings, Extended Campus is proud to offer a limited number of no-cost enrollment in our Sacred Activism course to affected educators. In doing so, we hope to create a safe space for educators to engage in inclusive pedagogy.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Jennifer Bacon is a Core Associate Professor and Department Chair in Education at Naropa University. Dr. Bacon earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Virginia. In addition to her experience in education, Dr. Bacon is an interfaith minister who is trained in the use of poetry therapy, spiritual guidance, and yoga.

Dr. Bacon is deeply committed to addressing issues of overrepresentation in special education, racial and gender equity, child advocacy, and writing for social justice. She has authored numerous articles related to diversity, inclusivity, and anti-racism including, “Writing in Solidarity: The Lived Experience of African American Adolescent Girls Writing Poetry,” “Using Culturally and Inclusive Poetry Groups with Diverse Teens,” and “Examining Teachers’ Beliefs About African American Male Students in a Low-Performing High School in an African American School District.”

Her book Sisters in the Dissertation House: A Dissertation Narrative, addresses doctoral completion by women of color in underrepresented fields, and her book chapter Academic Mothering: Black Women Mentors in Higher Education is currently in press and will be featured in Black Experiences in Higher Education: Faculty, Staff, and Students. Dr. Bacon’s newest publication, a children’s book titled, I Am an Antiracist Superhero! is available for pre-order now, and will be published by Bala Kids in 2023.

When not teaching and writing, Dr. Bacon can be found doing yoga, trying out new recipes, and exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado with her husband, daughter, and dog.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will learn...

    • The historical underpinnings of anti-Black racism, anti-Asian violence, Native American genocide, and white rage, and the work of dismantling oppressive and unjust systems.


    • Contemplative practices that encourage critical self-inquiry, compassion for self and others, help alleviate activism fatigue, and develop a stronger anti-oppressive lens.


    • How to work with bias and leverage identity and privilege as a force for change.


    • How to transform discomfort and rage through guided reflection and spiritual practice.

Who is This Program For?

This course is designed for all who want to practice the work of Sacred Activism as part of a learning community that shares the intention of collective liberation. While learning modules are particularly intended to support those in social service or social justice work, such as teachers, social workers, therapists, medical professionals, and community organizers, all are welcome regardless of contemplative practice or anti-oppression experience. 

To support the different lived experiences that participants bring to this work, two sections of this course are offered simultaneously. Participants will register for the section that best aligns with their identity and social location. Thirty seats are available in each section, helping foster a tight-knit and engaged learning community.

BIPOC Community Section

This section is designed to provide a safe and supportive space for members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community to share and release collective experiences from environmental stressors. Special focus will be given to learning and utilizing self-care practices.

Open Community Section

This section is designed for community members of all backgrounds who wish to explore anti-racism and social justice as a spiritual and contemplative practice. The historical underpinnings of white privilege, systems of oppression, and marginalization will be examined.

Program Format and Schedule

Five Online, Instructor-Led Asynchronous* Learning Modules:

Course Content Access

To encourage timely engagement, interactive content, such as peer discussion forums, will be accessible and editable during the 3 day period between each module, and will remain viewable for 90 days after the course ends.

On demand course materials, such as readings and video lectures, will become available on the start date of its corresponding module, and will remain viewable for 90 days after the course ends. 

Pricing and Registration

Registration Closes January 22nd, 2023

Registration closes January 22, 2023

Standard Pricing: $275

Senior Price: $260

Seniors: Please email to request a discount code.

Naropa students, staff, faculty, and alumnx:

This iteration of Sacred Activism: Social Justice as Spiritual Practice, is designed for members of the public, and is not credit bearing. If you wish to audit, receive academic credit, or utilize Employee Tuition Benefits for this program, please contact the Registrar’s Office and inquire about registering for COL-299E in Fall 2023. If you have further questions, or would still like to register for this Extended Campus program, email

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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