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Naropa Community

Who Are We?

At Naropa, we are an inclusive community…
(and working to become more so) of artists, seekers, peacemakers, activists, scholars, and people for whom the status quo is not an option.

Composed of people practicing the world’s great religions and wisdom traditions, agnostics, international students, local high school graduates, career changers, LGBTQIAP students, BIPOC, transfers, veterans, and elders, the Naropa community will both hold you—and hold you accountable—while you learn and grow.


Student Highlight

“The first day of school I was surrounded by excited students—students who had a desire to speak about mindfulness, conscious living, and transformation within themselves and the community. I felt I found my tribe. Naropa students bring such a healing essence to the campus. I feel safe, secure, heard, and appreciated by those who surround me at Naropa.”

— Amanda Coleman

Fun Naropa-Style

There’s no football, no fraternities, and no Homecoming King or Queen. But that doesn’t mean there’s no fun.

On any given day, we’re attending concerts, spoken-word performances, gallery openings, and open-mike nights. We’re organizing to make Naropa more inclusive. Hosting food drives to support our own Food Pantry. Caring for Naropa’s garden. Or hiking Boulder’s Flatirons.

Acquire leadership skills through Naropa’s student government. Practice free yoga courtesy of Team Ananda. Or join our Sustainability Council, where you can help us continue our commitment to reducing Naropa’s environmental impact.

Want to make a real difference? Commit to starting your own organization to fill an unmet need in our community. And we’ll walk the path you.

The Naropa Bow

It is a tradition at Naropa University to begin and end our classes and meetings with a bow. The bow acknowledges and honors the qualities of warriorship—that brave path of gentleness and wakeful intelligence we’re all working to achieve.

It also binds us together in a mindful moment of community before the start of the next adventure.

Community Practice Day

Every semester Naropa suspends classes for Community Practice Day. During Community Practice Day, Naropa students, faculty, and staff participate in a variety of contemplative practices attend lectures and experiential workshops, and perform service in the community.

It’s our way of taking a time out to refresh ourselves and our community. 

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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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