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Professional Development

Bring the benefits of mindful presence to your continuing education and work life. Naropa’s Mindful at Work professional development course combines science-based research and experiential learning in an eight-week, online program designed for leaders, changemakers, and organizations.

Mindfulness — an inherent human ability — is strengthened through awareness and practice. With simple tools and basic skills that expand mental and emotional capacity, we can respond skillfully to difficult situations with confidence, as we make decisions and negotiate respectfully with coworkers.

A mindful revolution is spreading across all sectors of professional life, as organizations integrate mindfulness practices to grow efficiency, compassion, and creativity while employees increasingly seek balance at work and at home with self-awareness and equanimity. As innovative leadership and certification programs, including mindfulness training, become more widely offered, Naropa is playing a critical role in ensuring that leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors can benefit from cutting-edge research and practice in continuing education.

Naropa’s vision is to provide transformational continuing education and professional development that draws upon the disciplines of contemplative practice, organizational learning, expressive arts, neuroscience, and complexity science for improved performance at work and in life.

Certification Programs

After completing the Mindful at Work professional development online course, you will receive a digital certificate of completion branded with the Naropa University seal. Please note that this professional development course does not offer credit for continuing education or a professional certificate.

Mindful at Work Professional Development Course Options



The self-led classroom offers an asynchronous online course with on-demand content that is available anytime, anywhere. This allows you to work at your own pace and on your own schedule. Features include:

  • 20 hours of course time
  • Self-paced video instruction
  • Reading content and exercises
  • Class comments and forum
  • Private online journal
  • User technical support


In the instructor-led Mindful at Work professional development online course, you get all the benefits of the on-demand option, plus four additional hours of course time and access to: 

  • Instructor-led community
  • Live online events
  • Instructor correspondence
  • Weekly email reminders
  • Peer-to-peer messaging
  • Group exercises
  • Study partners


Quick Facts

  • 2 Options: On-Demand or Instructor-Led
  • 8 Modules or Weeks
  • 20 or 24 Course Hours



Learn individual practices to overcome stress. Enhance deep listening, compassion, and confidence. Integrate mindfulness into your interactions with others. Demonstrate mindful leadership at work and in daily life. Improve your organization’s ability to cultivate a safe, respectful, and authentic culture.

New Models of Leadership

“How can we train ourselves as leaders in new and different ways that bring out our humanity and that strengthen our core capacities that are unique to who we are as human beings and that allow us then to respond, rather than react, in situations.”


in Mindful at Work

Expand your repertoire for navigating challenging situations with clarity, compassion, and confidence. Modules within the Mindful at Work professional development online course include:

  • Fundamentals of mindfulness and the difference it makes
  • Practicing mindfulness and implementing mindful planning and decision-making
  • Communicating mindfully and facilitating mindful meetings and teamwork
  • Leading mindfully and empowering mindful change

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What Is Professional Development?

The Naropa Difference in Continuing Education

With a strong history of teaching mindfulness, Naropa is a leader in contemplative higher education. We integrate rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and experiential learning to support the discovery of your inner wisdom and help you along your life’s path. Our professional development courses and certification programs are designed to increase your focus, self-awareness, and compassion while providing training in mindfulness-based practices that you can apply for career and personal growth.

Who Should Enroll in Mindful at Work?

From beginners to experienced mindfulness practitioners, this professional development online course is for anyone interested in applying mindfulness to their work life, including:

  • Leaders who want to create healthy and generative organizations and communities that cultivate authenticity, collaboration, innovation, joy, and effectiveness as they engage in the complex issues of our time
  • Experienced and emerging leaders and changemakers in business, education, healthcare, government, and nonprofit organizations
  • You, your team, or your organization

Continuing Education with Naropa

Naropa’s online learning platform allows you to participate in continuing education at your own pace from wherever you are. The blended-learning virtual classroom presents multiple options to experience pre-recorded lessons along with a community-driven forum, engage directly with faculty, share ideas with classmates, practice meditation, and apply leadership skills. Select resources are downloadable.

Pricing options

Costs vary depending on the course option you choose, ranging from basic pricing for the on-demand course intended for individual learners to the instructor-led course for community-engaged learning. Group registration or corporate enrollment is available, as well as scholarships that are handled on a case-by-case basis.


“I rediscovered my inherent purpose in life and how I could realize that purpose through my work. I discovered that obstacles were just opportunities for personal and professional growth. I now successfully lead and support my spirited team with a keen sense of possibility. What a precious gift to wake up proudly to my own authenticity and potential.” 

-Resa Register
RTT Director, Radiation Oncology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group


“Most leadership workshops engage the mind but leave the body and spirit behind. Real leadership is much more than a mental exercise. To leave body and spirit out is to cut your effectiveness by two-thirds. Naropa brings it all together in a powerful way.”

Ritu Sharma
International Youth Foundation


“…my journey has been one of allowing confidence to emerge and trusting that what I have to offer is sufficient for what the situation is asking of me. In cultivating a mindset of open inquiry and risk, I continue to face and embrace new challenges and opportunities.”
Kim Kita
Director of Special Projects and Partnerships, Colorado State University Operations