Community Offerings for Difficult Times

For most of us, the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a sudden, unwelcome shift in our daily routines. In response to the increased anxiety and stress during this unprecedented time, we have curated a list of offerings for and from the Naropa community. Our hope is that through aligning inner practice and outer expressions of compassion, each can help to strengthen our confidence in compassion, supporting further engagement to alleviate suffering in these challenging times.

Please feel free to share these offerings with your networks; if you have an offering you would like to share with the Naropa community, please use the submission form below. 


Community Offerings & Resources

Naropa Community Offerings 

Holistic Children's Book

Dr. Bacon authored the free holistic children's eBook, Aleta's Feelings During the Coronavirus for young children during the pandemic.

Creating a Web of Connection in Challenging Times

Join us for daily online contemplative practices to support our personal and shared journey in these uncertain times. Meditation, compassion, loving kindness, embodiment, poetry, arts, council - each morning we’ll engage a practice that fosters presence, opens our hearts, and lifts our spirits to be able to meet the day with equanimity and resilience. Stay tuned for additional offerings in the days and weeks ahead.

This Week:

  • Monday, May 4 : Facilitator: Carla Mueller, Program Manager Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education
  • Tuesday, May 5 : Facilitator: Regina Smith, Executive Director, Mission Integration & Student Affairs
  • Wednesday, May 6 : Facilitator: Susan Skjei, Director, Authentic Leadership Center
  • Thursday, May 7 : Facilitator: Sherry Elms, Associate Professor Environmental Studies & Lead Faculty, Joanna Macy Center
  • Friday, May 8: Facilitator: Mary McHenry, Authentic Leadership Center & Adjunct Professor Environmental Studies
  • When: Weekdays (Monday-Friday) 9 - 9:30 am
  • Where:  Zoom
  • Please click on Zoom Link: to join the session.
  • By Phone: +1 346 248 7799 / Meeting ID: 876059983

Welcome: A Compassion Training

This new online course from Mindful and Naropa University to help you deepen mindfulness, cultivate heartfelt compassion, and live in greater alignment with your true values. Exploring both neuroscience and mindfulness, this 7-part intensive course offers self-paced, expert-led sessions, audio meditations, a course workbook, lifetime access, and a certificate of completion from Naropa University.

This online compassion training will help you to:

  • Connect with your body as the basis of compassion practice
  • Train your brain to increase compassion and loving-kindness
  • Gain a deep sense of interdependence and shared community
  • Cultivate healing and compassion for yourself and others
  • Develop positive habits and improve behavior patterns
  • Experience more joy, empathy, love, and gratitude 

Train both your body and brain to become more open, authentic, and compassionate. Sign up here or try your free session today.

Community Wide Meeting

Monday, March 30, we launched a series of community-wide videoconferences with Naropa leadership.

We plan to continue to these remote sessions bi-weekly, so long as we are not able to meeting together in person.  These videoconferences will alternate with other events, such as sharing circles and discussion groups. They are being organized now and all will be invited to participate as you have time and interest. We realize that now, more than ever, we need to continue to connect with one another and stay in communication. This group session is not so much to share detailed information (since we will continue to provide that through writing), but more to offer a broad perspective and a chance to come together as a community.  

Please save the date for the next scheduled videoconference:

  • Time:
    • Apr 29, 2020 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
  • Join Zoom Meeting
    • By Phone: Dial +1 253 215 8782  
    • Meeting ID: 648 421 887 

***If you missed Monday’s event, you can view it here.

Video Playlist for Challenging Times

A curated playlist of videos and lectures from Naropa's YouTube channel that focus on finding resilience in the face of chaotic situations and emotions. Talks include: 


Alumni Offerings 

We know our alumni are uniquely suited to meet these challenges with compassion and resilience and have seen that they are out there using their gifts to do amazing things. Are you a graduate of Naropa that would like to offer something to our community to help others navigate through this time? Please use the form below to share some details on what you could offer, and we will be in touch shortly!

Own Your Anger aka Destroy the World Meditation - Emma Sartwell, 2014 MA Divinity

So many of us feel afraid or ashamed of anger. This practice allows us to feel and express the energy of anger without repressing or discharging it inappropriately. Visit HERE to listen to the meditation.

Green Tara Practice and Medicine Buddha Weekly Offerings - Dr. Nashalla G. Nyinda, 2002 Interdisciplinary Studies

Both the Green Tara practice and the Medicine Buddha are very helpful for working with eliminating fears, illness and working with cultivating equanimity and the sameness we experience as human beings suffering together and in isolation due to the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic. 

Nashalla is a Menpa TMD, or Doctor of Tibetan Medicine, who has been treating Covid patients using all methods of Tibetan healing including spiritual practices. Please feel free to join in and if you have not received the transmissions, don't worry there are short teachings beforehand. Please know this is open to all. Nashalla will provide instructions. Sessions will be rotated every Sunday morning at 10am between these two Buddhist meditation and healing mantra practices.

Drolma ~ Green Tara in Fearful Times
Time: April 19, May 3 & 17, 2020 10am MST
GREEN TARA Meeting ID: 108 181 439

Medicine Buddha Practice for COVID 19
Time: April 26, May 10, & 24, 2020 10am MST
MEDICINE BUDDHA Meeting ID: 694 417 174

Body Mandala and Yin Yoga - Tracy Goldenberg, 2008 MA Somatic Counseling

Body Mandala is designed to help you awaken and celebrate your full potential! This fun and soulful movement class blends choreographed dance, somatics, and yoga. This class is for everyone and is facilitated by Body Mandala founder and creator, Tracy Goldenberg. Classes are raw and uncut and stream straight from my home to yours! Classes are donation-based and require one-time registration before class begins.

Yin Yoga uses long passive holds to open the deep connective tissues of the body, change neuromuscular patterns, and improve range of motion. Yin is designed to be quiet, restful, and rejuvenating. This class is suitable for both new and established yoga practitioners. If possible, bring a yoga mat, blocks, and a bolster. Everyday household items such as various sized towels, cushions, and blankets will work just fine! Classes are donation-based and require one-time registration before class begins.

Class Schedule effective April 27th:
Mondays, 9 – 10 am MDT = Body Mandala
Register HERE

Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am MDT = Yin Yoga
Register HERE

Wednesdays, noon – 1:00 pm MDT = Body Mandala
Register HERE

Fridays, 9 – 10 am MDT = Body Mandala
Register HERE

Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 am MDT = Yin Yoga
Register HERE 

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Life Before the Virus - A poem by Leslea Newman, 1980 Writing and Poetics

This is a poem about the pandemic that was recently published on "New Verse News." Read it HERE

Stay Connected: Communicating with Empathy - Jennifer van Alstyne, 2015 MA Writing & Poetics

This 20-minute video walks through best practices for staying in touch using empathy. Social distancing is hard, learn how to stay in touch with your family, friends, and larger communities. Jennifer van Alstyne is a business owner and communications strategist. She works with writers, faculty, and researchers to share their work with the world at The Academic Designer LLC.

Free WILD SOUL RISING Coaching Services - Tegan Campia, 2020 MA Ecopsychology

Tegan is offering her coaching services pro-bono during these trying times. WILD SOUL RISING was founded under the belief that what remains untamed in us, is what is true within us. Entering into life coaching is partnering with a trained professional who holds space for radical reflection, accountability, and life-changing action. Tegan mainly works with young professionals and recent graduates who feel lost, stuck or burnout in their career path. Life coaching differs from therapy in that the focus is looking forward towards aligning your present actions with a desired future rather than processing the past. It is also well-suited for people who are ready to actively take a chance to change their path.


Offerings From Our Partners & Friends 

This list was compiled by our friends at The Awake Network.

Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the Outbreak — Mindful

Whether you’re looking for live guided meditations connecting you to others, a quick practice to help you find your ground, or a free course on how to meditate, here’s how the Mindful community is coming together to serve in the days and weeks ahead.

Resilience in Challenging Times, A Care Package — Sounds True

Daily video sessions, webinars, live group meditations & meetups, and other free digital resources. Regularly updated with new offerings.

Live Online Practice Sessions — Tricycle

Join teachers Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, and others for a free series of live-stream meditations to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts

Free Resources for the Global Health Crisis — Shambhala Publications

Free ebooks, an online course, and lots of free videos from Shambhala Pubs authors, including Pema Chödrön.

Pandemic Care Resources — Tara Brach

A wealth of talks and guided practices, including some specific to the pandemic, as well as a free half-day home retreat. Tara also leads a weekly class each Wednesday night at 7:30 eastern time live on Facebook and YouTube.

Free Half-Day At-Home Mindfulness Retreat — Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield / Sounds True

The material is divided into three segments of approximately 45 minutes each. With the scheduled breaks and walking meditation sessions, you will need a little more than three hours to complete this retreat.

Live Online Meditation Teachings and Community Gathering — Boulder Shambhala Center

Nightly live dharma talks & meditation sessions, plus a variety of weekly offerings and special programs including BIPOC Meditation Collective, and Learn to Meditate class. Plus, a COVID-19 Support & Process Group if offered every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Noon–1PM MDT: Click here to join via Zoom.


Morning Meditation Practice Recordings