Naropa Magazine 2022
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Naropa Magazine

Through a rich array of articles, interviews, multimedia offerings, and artwork, Naropa Magazine shares how Naropa’s mission of contemplative education manifests in the classroom through innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and research, and how that mission is expressed in the creative ways that students, alumnx, and faculty “meet the world as it is and change it for the better.” Naropa Magazine is mailed to Naropa alumnx and friends of Naropa University. See the 2021–22 issue of the magazine below or a PDF of the 2019–20 issue of Naropa Magazine.

The cover artist for the 21–22 issue of the magazine is Paula Gasparini-Santos, a Brazilian-born artist living in Boulder, Colorado, and a graduate of Naropa’s MA in Transpersonal Art Therapy program. The heart is a reoccurring symbol in Paula's work because, in her own words, "You have to expose that heart, you have to expose everything that is within for us to be able to do the work of healing.” Her art supports her heart’s calling to help people, in their transparency, bringing truth to light, so there can be an honest conversation and more honest connection and intimacy.

Magazine Articles

Letter from the President

Naropa's mission to prepare people with knowledge, wisdom, and skills to “be the change” is grounded in the practice and study which illuminates the causation of suffering. Over time, with perseverance and discipline, we can begin to recognize interdependence. 

The Marriage of Art & Healing

The two paths of art and therapy converge in the heart of Paula Gasparini-Santos. She has cultivated her passion for helping others navigate trauma and creates artwork that is as beautiful as it is deeply personal, revealing universal truths about being human. 

Creating a Culture of Care

When asked about his leadership style, Associate Dean of Students Jeremy Moore, PhD, describes himself as a synergistic leader who is heartfelt and collaborative, someone who is driven by the belief that difference—in perspectives or identity— can make us stronger.

Scholarship Meets Practice

Today, yoga is a billion-dollar industry. Studios, classes, retreat offerings, and yoga pants can be found all over the world—from South America to Europe throughout Asia and across Instagram—so how did a master’s degree in the subject make it to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at a university located in Boulder, Colorado?

Spiritual First Responders

Kyva Holman, graduate of Naropa’s BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and MA in Religious Studies, was elected to be the graduate student speaker for the class of 2021. His address below speaks to the unique hardships our 2020 and 2021 graduates faced and the beauty and resilience they found in these challenging times.

Naropa Launches Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate


In March 2022, Naropa University launched the first cohort for the Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate program facilitated by the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies in partnership with Naropa Extended Campus. 

Courageous Engagement with the World

The purpose of Naropa University is to cultivate compassionate, creative, and critical engagement with an ever-changing world through the discipline of contemplative education. Never has this wisdom and skill been more urgently needed.

Embracing the Higher Why

Naropa University’s mission of contemplative education invites students to engage in an internal process of exploring how they might make a positive difference in the world. 

Embracing the Awkward

Many of us consider awkwardness as something we try to avoid. For Tosha Jorden (BA Contemplative Psychology, '15, MA,'19) and Christina Shore ('19), alumnx of Naropa’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling program, awkwardness has become a crucial component of their everyday lives.

Pride is More than a Month


Love didn’t always win, but it has always had the power to transform. For Jonathan Kirkendall (MA Counseling Psychology, '94) and Scott Perkins (MA Buddhist Studies, '92), it did just that.

Tyler Norris: Chair of The Naropa Board Of Trustees


In January of 2021, Naropa’s Board of Trustees selected Tyler Norris (Divinity, '11), as the new chair. Norris is an alumnx of Naropa and is the chief executive at Well Being Trust, an impact philanthropy with a mission to advance the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation.

Raison D’Être 2.0

A confluence of events created a new landscape for higher education that provides an opportunity both for redefining higher education and demanding that institutions of higher learning are more innovative in the ways they meet the needs of their students and communities.