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.