Life at Naropa

Life at Naropa

Experience Your Education & Your Life

“At Naropa, we are not just imparting information. We are teaching how to cultivate wisdom. And true wisdom is discovered in the ‘not-knowing,’ in the paradoxes, in the mysterious depths of our Being. When this kind of openness to the mystery is integrated with the body, the mind, and the heart, then our wisdom can be expressed more authentically in the world. This is the whole point of a Naropa education.”
—Zvi Ish-Shalom, Core Associate Professor

Naropa at its heart is a verb: To meditate, write, discuss, intern, travel, serve, and grapple with the nature of your own identity, your professors, and the world—that’s Naropa!

Life outside the classroom influences students’ growth and development along with their academic experience.

Academic pursuits integrate seamlessly with—and inform—social endeavors and vice versa. On-campus events regularly include poetry readings and performances, theater and dance productions, art exhibits, musical performances featuring on-campus musicians as well as local and national performers, dances, bands, films and special events.

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Student Highlight

“My time at Naropa has provided the fundamental tools to actively engage in the transformation of the world and then use that work to profoundly transform myself. I can do both at the same time. That, I believe, is not only a tremendous gift to me, but to an Earth community increasingly in crisis as well.”— Lucas Sego, Religious Studies Graduate

Become kinder, calmer, and more self- and world-aware. Through a process of radical self-discovery, Naropa University will help you become more you—only better.

Doers. Poets. Contrarians. Deep listeners. Environmentalists. Yogis. Passport huggers. Change agents. Different drummers.

We are an inclusive community of individuals, all seeking insight, knowledge, and purpose.

Will you sit around on cushions? Sometimes, because it will help you improve everything you do.

But you will also study with world-class writers, artists, and thought leaders. You will write, write, and write some more, wrestling with the material you are learning on and off the mat. Plus you will have the opportunity to intern, volunteer in the community, and study abroad, enhancing your education through experiential learning.

Boulder, Colorado has been called, “The Best College Town in America.” We couldn’t agree more.

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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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.