Community Practice Day

Community Practice Day

The Wisdom of the Elements

October 17, 2023 @ 8:30 AM–4:30 PM // Nalanda Campus

Join us on October 17 for Community Practice Day—a day when classes and meetings are not held, and when we gather together in virtual and in-person community. For our Fall 2023 Community Practice Day, we will acknowledge, savor, and integrate with the Wisdom of the Elements. Ignite the fire of your heart. Find your flow. Ground in the embrace of earth. Let the wind inspire your spirit. Rest in the expanse of space.  

Grand Rising


8:40–9:00 AM: Community Tea & Refreshments

Location: Nalanda Atrium/South Entrance

8:30–9:00 AM: Queer Community Breakfast

Location: Nalanda Cafe. RSVP here

Hosted by MCIC and Queer Collective.







9:00 AM–11:00 AM: Morning Community Practice

Location: Nalanda Events Center and Online at

Full-community gathering (online and in-person at Nalanda Events Center), including Music, Meditation, and a Keynote with Sreedevi Bringi, long-time faculty in World Wisdom Traditions.  Zoom link will be provided. 

9:10–9:40 AM: Sounding the Whole Self: A Devotional Singing Practice with Sheela Bringi & Brent Kueker

Take a journey through the 5 elements of your being through vocal practices, devotional chants and sonic meditation. 

Sheela Bringi is a sacred music performer, recording artist, and educator. Her Indian vocals, soaring bansuri flute and raga harp have graced 50+ sacred chant and world albums, including the Grammy-nominated Bhakti Without Borders. Her work to bridge the musical worlds of India and America has been profiled by NBC News, NPR, Public Radio International, and others. She is adjunct faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and performs and collaborates with artists around the world.Brent Kuecker is a Yoga teacher, bass player and devotional singer. He co-teaches Indian Devotional Singing at Naropa University with his beloved partner, Sheela Bringi. In 2020, Brent and Sheela started the Sacred Sound Lab – a multidimensional online school for the art of the Yoga of Sound. Brent’s deep studies into anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, yoga philosophy, and tantra, as well as his 20+ years of teaching Yoga & meditation, make him an exceptional Yoga of Sound teacher.

9:40-10:45 AM: Sitting & Walking Meditation with Carla Burns

Carla RM Burns, MDiv, is an Instructor in Naropa’s Core College including BA Contemplative psychology courses, and meditation practicums, and for Naropa’s Compassion Initiative. She serves as faculty for the MA Contemplative Psychotherapy residential retreat program, and is the Program Manager for the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education. Her specialties include the integration of corporeal, elemental, and spatial knowledge as a means to bring more dimension into our field of awareness, and as a means to cultivate the natural- receptive wisdom energy of the body that is inherently connected, wise, and spacious.

10:45–11:00 AM: Break

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