Jim Jobson: A Journey Through Naropa’s Early Years
Buddha Bomb is the chosen musical performance name of Naropa alumnus and software developer, James Jobson. As CEO of a Boulder software company, he created and marketed a major software application for three decades.
Dungse Jampal Norbu: Cultivating the Mind with Awareness
Dungse Jampal Norbu is the son and dharma heir of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the founder of Mangala Shri Bhuti and a lineage holder of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik tradition. With life-long guidance from Kongtrul Rinpoche, particularly in traditional Buddhist shedra studies in India and the US, Dungse-la now teaches widely as well as engages in an annual 100-day long retreat at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling.
Kate Mazuy: Healing through Wilderness & Equine Therapy
Kate Mazuy received her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in 2000. She is a certified Hakomi Therapist and a teacher for Matrixworks/ Living Systems Institute. She has taught in the MACP, TCP, and Environmental Leaderships programs at Naropa University, and has served as the assistant director for the Wilderness therapy program there as well.
Bari Tessler: The Art of Money
Naropa Alumna Bari Tessler Linden, M.A., is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach, Mama-preneur, and the Founder of The Art of Money. She has guided thousands of people to new, empowered, and refreshingly honest relationships with money through her nurturing, body-centered approach.
Itai Ivtzan, PhD: The Discovery of Meaning & Purpose
Dr. Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes, and gain super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion.
Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Liberation Through Radical Dharma
Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change.
Sherry Ellms: Strengthening Our Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty
Sherry Ellms is an Associate Professor at Naropa University and the Faculty Lead at the Joanna Macy Center. Her interests lie in exploring the wisdom of the natural world and what it can teach us in these challenging time.
Richard Rudis: Therapy through Sacred Sound & Gong Baths
Richard Rudis founded the Illuminarium Convergence – a modest storefront for the examination of metaphysical phenomenon. He began teaching Buddhist Dharma and vibrational healing (w/Tibetan instruments) shortly after. Considered most knowledgeable in the field of sacred sound healing, sound instruments from the Himalayas and associated vibrational healing techniques he is often a featured presenter at International Conferences.
Diane Israel: Finding Inner Healing from Body Image & Eating Issues
Diane Isreal graduated from Naropa’s MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program in 1991. She is currently a psychotherapist, an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology, and she serves on Naropa’s Board of Trustees.
Jayson Gaddis: Exploring the Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships
Jayson Gaddis, relationship student and teacher and host of the Smart Couple Podcast, is on a mission to teach people the one class they didn’t get in school–”How to do Romantic Relationships.”
Betsy Leach: Contemplative Education & Multicultural Education
Betsy Leach taught in K-12 public schools for ten years teaching Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Spanish as a world language earning the 2017 UNC Language Teacher of the Year Award. She believes education should be a practice of liberation and empowerment.
David DeVine: An Intimate Interview & Mindful U Year in Review
David DeVine currently works as Media Manager at Naropa University. Previously, he worked as a successful production assistant for the Naropa Performing Arts Center as well as for numerous television networks, including MTV, VH1, CBS, Speed Channel, and FOX, and has served as an assistant audio engineer at Immersive Studios.