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Roots of Liberation: Integrating Ancestral Wisdom and Contemplative Practice for Ecological Healing and Collective Transformation

In our second iteration of Café Contemplative, Betsy Gonzalez Blohm will explore how our disconnection from the earth, nature, and one another not only leads to ecological destruction but also significant human suffering.

Betsy will share contemplative practices for reconnecting to the roots of our ancestral wisdom. She will also explore the synergy between mindfulness-based approaches and what is needed to support sustainable, life-giving service toward ecological healing and collective liberation.

Betsy Blohm Head shotBetsy Gonzalez Blohm, after a decade as a public school educator focused on equity, became a professor and dean at Naropa University. She integrates mindfulness, ancestral healing, and embodiment practices into justice, equity, and inclusion programs, and is currently designing Ancestral Reconnection for Collective Liberation retreats to help participants cultivate grounded roots and wholeness for the benefit of our earth and each other.

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Upcoming Events:
  • Jun 13, 2024 @ 6:00 pm



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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.