Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy

The Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy was established in 2019 to provide Buddhist-inspired contemplative spiritual health training to MDiv degree students and members of the larger community interested in pursuing professional chaplaincy and spiritually-integrated approaches to related disciplines such as medicine, nursing, spiritual leadership, and counseling. The Center offers ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internships in community settings under the supervision of an ACPE Certified Faculty Educator.  Clinical sites for learning include local hospitals, hospices, and non-profit settings, as well as innovative contexts such as eco-chaplaincy, where students learn to integrate contemplative practice, trauma-informed care, earth-based spirituality and interreligious/interspiritual approaches to spiritual health in caring for persons in crisis and transition.

ACPE Faculty

JoAnne S. Morris, DMin, MDiv, LMFT, ACPE Certified Educator lives in Louisville, KY and is originally from the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. JoAnne holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling, a dual track with marriage and family therapy licensure. JoAnne has specialized in oncology and palliative care for the majority of her career. JoAnne maintains a private therapy practice that specializes in helping folks cope with chronic illness, chronic terminal illness, dying and grief as well as working with the LGBTQ+ community. She co-founded and currently chairs a a hospital-based Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is passionate about anti-racism work. JoAnne comes from a Christian faith-of-origin and is endorsed by The Humanist Society as a Humanist Celebrant and Chaplain. As a Humanist, JoAnne's contemplative practice is centered within the spiritual naturalist tradition.

Jamie Beachy, PhD, MDiv, is an ACPE Certified Educator with experience in hospice, palliative care, community hospital and academic medical settings, Jamie brings a deep interest in Buddhism and earth-based practice to her leadership and teaching. Jamie's facilitation of the CPE small group learning process invites students to cultivate a sustained sense of compassion and wellbeing rooted in courageous love of self, other and the world. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Jamie currently serves as Faculty Co-director for Naropa's Center for Psychedelic Studies.

2022-2023 Contemplative Chaplaincy Internships

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The Contemplative Chaplaincy Internship offers contemplatively-based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training to degree and non-degree students of all religious and spiritual traditions. Through compassion-based group process learning and individual supervision, students cultivate the skills and presence needed to support the spiritual health and wellbeing of patients and clients in crisis. Students meet in person for a weekly class at Naropa and are placed in hospice, trauma hospital, and community health internship sites throughout Boulder and Denver.  Course themes include working with intergenerational and ancestral trauma; cultivating resilience through compassion; earth-based practice as a resource for spiritual health; and discovering what it means to be an ethical, clinical leader in the healthcare field.

Fall and Spring CPE Program: (both programs are now full)

Summer CPE Program: June 2023 to August 2023 (accepting applications)

Tuition: $2000 plus fees (up to $200, depending on the site requirements)

Class Day: TBD

Clinical Sites: Hospitals, Community Nonprofit Agencies, Hospices, Congregational/Sangha Settings

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Non-degree students from all professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To inquire further or to submit your CPE application, contact

In the Fall of 2019 Naropa received provisional approval as an pre-accredited ACPE Center. For more information about the ACPE accreditation process visit the ACPE accreditation page.


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