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.
“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
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.