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.
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?
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…
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.