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Mindful Teaching through Contemplative Education

There are other programs that teach mindfulness, but Naropa University is the only school in the nation that bases its entire curriculum on mindful, contemplative education.

As a result, you will learn contemplative methods and transform your life with contemplative practice.


  • Engage in rigorous academics
  • Gain the skills, self-awareness, and resiliency needed in the classroom or any work environment


  • Integrate the best practices of Western teaching and learn the wisdom and groundednessof Eastern traditions to prepare to for the complex needs of a diverse classroom
  • Deepen your cultural responsiveness by embracing the dynamics of difference
  • Explore holistic education traditions


  • Deepen your compassion through challenging, thoughtful practices
  • Relate on a deeper level with others
  • Develop a deep connection with faculty invested in your success and well-being

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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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.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.