Naropa Professor Deborah Bowman to Speak at TEDxBoulder


Lessons in the Power of Letting Go After Near-Fatal Ice Climbing Accident


Sept. 24, 2014 (Boulder, CO)—Naropa University today announced that Deborah Bowman, professor and founder of the university’s Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy programs, has been selected to present at this year’s TEDxBoulder. TEDxBoulder will take place on Saturday, September 27; additional speaker and event information is available at

Bowman joins such speakers as Director of B Lab Colorado, Kim Coupounas; restaurateur Bobby Stuckey; and astronaut Dan Durda. Amid hundreds of applications for this year’s TEDxBoulder, Bowman’s story resonated deeply with the selection committee.

Bowman’s presentation, “Falling into Grace,” recounts the gripping story of her near-fatal ice climbing fall, in which she lost her right eye, yet gained a greater vision for living. In exploring the psychological and spiritual dimensions of her near-death experience, Bowman has inspired others to wake up from the illusion of separation and the sleep of self-destruction. Bowman will also share her lessons on gleaning wisdom from mistakes through the grace of presence, gratitude, and letting go.

About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014-15, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.