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.


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

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and unlock your potential.



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.

“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.”


Course Modules

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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

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.

Resa Register

RTT Director, Radiation Oncology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

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.

Ritu Sharma

International Youth Foundation

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.

Kim Kita

Director of Special Projects and Partnerships, Colorado State University Operations

…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.