Lisa Schaewe


MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology - Art Therapy, Naropa University
BS in English and Education, Graduate Studies in Art Education, State University of New York

Lisa Schaewe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and a graduate of Naropa's Transpersonal Counseling Psychology/Art Therapy program. She maintains a private practice in a studio environment with a focus on mindfulness-based approaches to personal growth, life transitions and trauma resolution.  At Naropa she teaches Meditation Practicum classes, is a meditation instructor and leads discussion groups for Psychology of Meditation I. In the community she teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes and facilitates workshops exploring creative process as a mindulness practice. Her clinical experience includes serving individuals experiecing severe forms of mental illness, hospice patients, people with developmental disabilities and those enduring chronic pain and life limiting medical conditions. She is a long time Zen student with a deep committment to using art making as a form of spiritual practice.

From the heart

The contemplative approach to education at Naropa invites students discover who they truly are, then provides them with the skills needed to manifest that truth in their personal and professional lives.  

Recent publications/exhibits


  • Cover art. Art Therapy. Vol. 32, No. 1.
  • Some Kind of Artist. Art Therapy. Vol. 28, No. 1.
  • Hands to the Floor. Art Therapy. Vol. 24, No. 4.


  • Wax Stories, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Focus, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Bearing Witness, Naropa
  • Dust: Revisited, Naropa
  • 108 Lotuses: An Art Practice, Beacons, Denver, CO



Creative activity

Current project PAINTING MIND is an ongoing series exploring observed mental and emotional states arising in meditation.

Courses taught

  • Counseling for Adult Populations (for art therapy students)
  • Meditation Practicum I
  • Meditation Instructor and discussion group leader for Psychology of Meditation I


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

  • John Daido Loori's The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating your artistic life
  • Bruce Moon’s Art and Soul: Reflections on an artistic psychology, and Existential Art Therapy: The canvas mirror
  • John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us

Describe a moment when you helped a student reach an “ah ha” or transformational moment.

In the Meditation Practicum class I have the opportunity to introduce students who do not usually engage in art making to the direct experience of using creative process as a form of mindfulness practice. It opens a big door.