Events & Trainings

CACE events and trainings explore various topics and disciplines in contemplative education including contemplative arts, classroom practices, community engagement practices, student and faculty workshops, mindfulness and compassion trainings and more. These events are designed to illuminate the broad range of an inclusive contemplative community. While focused on contemplative and mindfulness based foundations these events are designed for both the Naropa community and the public. For more information, contact

MUDRA SPACE AWARENESS is an energetic sequence of physical and vocal exercises that were introduced to the West by meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. They sharpen mental focus, align body and mind and revitalize the creative power of imagination. Performed in a group setting, these tools open awareness up to a bigger space where our aspirations for an interconnected and mindful life naturally develop. Trungpa originally shared this work with performers as a method for helping them toward authentic engagement with their acting. As time has passed, however, the need for intelligent and courageous engagement with our world urges all of us toward genuine performing, cultivating flexibility and authenticity in our daily life and in our commitment to our planet. These practices are an ally on that journey. 


Naropa University Nalanda Campus – 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303  

Room 9184 


Saturday, February 4, 2023, 9:30AM–4:30PM (lunch break 12:30–2PM) 

Sunday, February 5 10AM–1PM


$50 General admission; $45 Naropa community members (students, staff, faculty, alumnx) 

Naropa welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Carla Burns at to request accessibility accommodations needed. 


LEE WORLEY is Professor Emerita of Performance and Contemplative Education at Naropa University. Under the guidance of its founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she began studying Mudra Space Awareness in 1974 and currently is one of a handful of authorized Mudra teachers. 

This work forms the basis of her Contemplative Performance Training method and was also her approach to teaching Embodied Presence for the MA Education students. 

A practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism since 1976, she is one of four Western teachers, or “Mitras” (Spiritual Friends) in the sangha of Nalandabodhi under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Lee has written two books: Coming From Nothing: the Sacred Art of Acting and Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players. 

With Darlene Lorrain

January 13, 27; February 10, 24; March 10

Location: Nalanda 9189

Contemplative Movement Practice brings together the discipline of sitting meditation with free movement investigations and the practice of improvisation.  It is an opportunity to integrate our outer and inner worlds, alone and together.

The 2 1/4 hour practice is structured by a leader who marks the time with a meditation bell. It begins with sitting meditation followed by personal body-mind awareness practice in the space and then the wild and delightful group practice called “open space” where deep play unfolds! Each session concludes with a closing circle for discussion and observations.

Drop-ins are welcome. No experience required, just a willingness to tune in, play and be in the present moment.

The practice is free to the community with suggested donations to Naropa University for the use of the space.

For information contact: Darlene Lorrain// 303-447-0375

Welcome: Virtual Mindful Compassion Training

Naropa’s WELCOME Training offers a pathway to foster mindfulness alongside lovingkindness for yourself, loved ones, and even the difficult people in our lives. Drawing on scientific research findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as practices and teachings from Buddhism, WELCOME provides a multifaceted view of the power and potential of compassion. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to a series of experiential practices, receive informative suggested readings, and engage in compassionate “fieldwork” to integrate compassion into your personal, social and professional life. Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Embodiment · Burnout · Is compassion always nice?

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.