Lori Laser

Trustee, Elected 2023
Glencoe, IL
BA, University of Iowa

Lori is a mindfulness practitioner and MBSR teacher, dedicated to preserving the integrity of the teachings and sharing the health benefits of mindfulness practice. With an understanding of the transformative power of contemplative practice, she is committed to self-awareness, inviting new ways of seeing and being. Lori is a catalyst for positive change, empowering and inspiring others to embrace mindfulness and authenticity in their personal and professional lives.

As a passionate advocate for social change, Lori is committed to making a positive impact by opening hearts and minds to the possibility of a more equitable and just world. Her journey began as a young girl, sparked by a profound curiosity and innate longing for meaning. Her ability to meet suffering with courage, sensitivity, and strength, has allowed her to channel her passion into compassionate action.

Lori is the Founder of The Growing Season, a nonprofit dedicated to disrupting systemic barriers by catalyzing holistic health focused community redevelopment projects. Through a social impact model, spaces are created where community and commerce come together. Currently she is co-developing The Aux, a $10 million project dedicated to racial equity and wellness in Evanston, IL.

Lori serves on the board of the Erikson Institute. She and her husband Ross live in the Chicago area where they have 4 grown children and 1 grandchild. In her free time, Lori loves being at her home in California, practicing yoga, hiking, and painting, surrounded by her books, dogs, and family.

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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.

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