Giovannina Jobson | 303-245-4603

Visiting Instructor


BA in Religious Studies


BA Expressive Arts
MA Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Contemplative Religions, Naropa University
Upadhyaya - Buddhist minister in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition
Certificate of completion of the foundational curriculum, Nitartha Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies.

From the heart

Naropa University is, in the words of the founder Trungpa Rinpoche, 'a cradle of loving kindness.' It is this attitude of kindness and acceptance that allows our students to flourish, to find their voice, their energy and their purpose in life.

Contemplative education can be carried out when everyone works for the same common purpose; to be learners as well as educators and to continually endeavor to remove all bounders between ourselves and others.

Recent work

  • I lead master classes in Dharma Art for Jack Kerouac School in their Summer Writing Program.
  • I Lead Shambhala Training Levels for the Shambhala Center.

Creative summary

I am a Dharma artist as well as a 'social artist' - I create ritual, ceremonies, liturgies and language for spiritual and secular events for the purpose of creating community, inspiration and healing. I offer courses on mindfulness for the public, as well as in various civic, academic and non-profit organizations in the Front Range area.

I have served as a member of the Spiritual Support Team for Safehouse and have been a member of Boulder 20th judicial district, Restorative Justice Panel.

Courses taught

  • Rel250- Spirituality and Creative Expression

  • COR130 - Contemplative Learning Seminar - Naropa's Roots and Branches

  • Teaches master classes for JKS - summer Writing Program- based on Dharma Art and ritual creation.

  • Have taught many courses in Religious Studies: Buddhist Journey of Transformation, Foundation of Buddhism, Maitri Space Awareness, senior seminars and thesis classes.

  • Also assist with program retreats for INTD, and other Naropa departments.

  • Mentors students through Independent Study work in areas of spirituality, religion and ritual.

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - by Trungpa
  • Shambhala : The Sacred Path of the Warrior
  • The Way of Tenderness
  • The Spell of the Sensuous - David Abram

What does it mean to you when somebody says, "That's so Naropa?"

Talking about 'feelings, compassion and appreciation of sense perceptions // 'Out of the box' people // Sitting in circles on the lawn, walking meditation.

What's next?

Implementing a model for contemplative administration that truly integrates diversity,sustainability and connects with the life giving force and insight that arise from contemplative practices and reflective awareness.

The world of higher education, especially smaller liberal arts institutions are waiting for us to show the way.