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Psychedelic Harm Reduction: Risks, Benefits and Futures

January 16th, 2021 – 11am-5pm 

This informative and engaging workshop will feature local experts in psychedelic work discussing risks and benefits of use, both recreational and therapeutic. It will be introduced by President Lief, who will discuss the future of psychedelic studies at Naropa. Dr. Wael Garas and Dr. VandeVeer will be among the presenters and will discuss the future directions of psychedelic therapy. The final hour of the event will be dedicated to brainstorming and discussion, moderated by NAPS members, about the role that students can play in making sure that Naropa’s future is healthy and safe.

Bring Mindfulness and Anti-Racism to The Classroom

January 19th, 2021 – 4pm-5pm 

This webinar will give participants a sense of the way in which Naropa’s Elementary Education Program embeds anti-racist pedagogy and mindfulness into every course of the teacher licensure program. The program aims to prepare teachers to transform the way that school is traditionally taught so that all students see themselves in empowering ways in the curriculum, feel valued at school, and develop the critical consciousness to enact positive change in the world.

Surviving White Supremacy: Towards a Radical Dharma of Staying Fugitive with Dr. Jasmine Syedullah

Annual Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism Distinguished Lecture 
February 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Streamed live on Naropa’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel

Jasmine Syedullah is a black feminist political theorist of abolition, as well as co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (North Atlantic Books, 2016). She holds the first Assistant Professor line in Vassar College’s Africana Studies Program, celebrating its 51st anniversary this year. Her current research centers the fugitive writings of formerly enslaved mother Harriet Jacobs’s and her abolitionist vision of freedom. Before joining the faculty at Vassar, Syedullah taught at the University of San Francisco and the University of California Santa Cruz where she completed her PhD in Politics with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies and History of Consciousness. Out in the world, Jasmine is a core member of the Radical Dharma Movement Project bringing embodied practices of liberation to spaces of social justice, community organizing, and institutional change. The lecture is free; donations are welcome.

Spiritual Healing with Sacred Plant Medicine and Psychedelic Psychotherapy with Dr. Joe Tafur

February 5th, 2021 – 7pm-9pm

Dr. Tafur will discuss the traditional role of psychedelic and plant medicine practices that nourish spiritual and emotional well-being. Drawing from his experience with ayahuasca curanderismo and traditional Amazonian plant medicine, Dr. Tafur will describe spiritual healing techniques that influence emotional biology, exploring associated evidence in the fields of psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics. Through sharing stories and engaging current research, Dr. Tafur will further relate spiritual healing to transformative experiences observed in clinical investigations in the emerging field of psychedelic psychotherapy.

Art Exhibitions

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The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

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