BA in Environmental Studies - Adjunct Faculty
MA in Resilient Leadership - Adjunct Faculty
PhD, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
MPhil, Cambridge University, (Clare Hall), Cambridge, UK
BS, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
From the heart
Naropa is unique, not only in academia, but in the world. Here we can speak of and
teach compassion, modeling contemplative practice from an interfaith perspective.
It is a place where we can study, explore and co-create what an enlightened society
might look like.
Georgetown University Bosco Award for outstanding scholarship over four years of undergraduate
Graduated from Georgetown Magna cum Laude, 1979
Making Magic with Gaia: Practices to heal our planet. (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2002). The
Italian edition of my US/UK book became an Italian bestseller on Italy's "mind-body-spirit"
Other Selected publications
- Food, Festival and Religion: Materiality and place in Italy, London and NY: Bloomsbury Academic, August 2018. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/food-festival-and-religion-9781350020870/
- "Contemplative Ethnography: Mindful Explorations into Materiality and New Animism",
Wisdom Now, Journal of the Department of Wisdom Traditions, Naropa University, Fall
- “With Rituals Large and Small, We Heal, We Re-member", in Ritual and Healing: Stories of Ordinary and Extraordinary Transformation. Eulert, D. and S. Krippner (eds). Carlsbad, CA, USA: Motivational Press, 2013.
- “Heterotopia, Community and Sense of Place: Performing land and folding time in the
Badalisc festival of Northern Italy”, Folklore, Vol. 124. Issue 1. April 2013.
Among the courses Francesca has taught since coming to Naropa in 2001
COR 220 - Community-based Learning and Action
ENV 245 - Geography: Pilgrimage and Sacred Landscape
ENV 645 - The New Science & Its Cultural Implications
ENV 785 - Environmental Leadership Capstone Seminar