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Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy


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 approved 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, 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.

Jamie Beachy, PhD, MDiv, is the Director and primary faculty for the Center. An ACPE Certified Educator with years of experience in hospice, palliative care, community hospital and academic medical settings, Jamie brings a deep interest in Buddhism and indigenous 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.  In addition to Jamie's teaching, faculty from the Department of Wisdom Traditions contribute to the Center's direction and curriculum through guest lecturing and participation on a professional advisory committee. 


FALL 2020 Contemplative Chaplaincy Internship 

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.

Dates: August 24, 2020 - December 11, 2020

Tuition: $1500 plus fees (up to $200, depending on the site requirements)

Class Day: Thursdays from 11:45am to 5:45pm at the Arapahoe Campus, Boulder

Clinical Sites: Hospitals, Community Nonprofit Agencies, Hospices, Congregational/Sangha Settings in Denver & Boulder

Priority Application Deadline: Extended to May 15, 2020

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 chaplaincycenter@naropa.edu. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions before submitting inquires. 

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