Benjamin Spencer (BA, 2000) doesn’t feel any need to choose between his passions.
Winemaker, enological consultant, journalist, novelist—each venture fits into his
commitment to leading a fulfilling life whilst contributing to the lives of others. Read More.
Robyn Bors Veraart (MA, 2000) holds social consciousness as a core value. Whether
distributing garbage bags full of leftover pastries after her bakery shift, or going
door to door for OSPIRG, a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests threatening
public health and safety, her focus has always been on community Read More.
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Candice Kearns Orlando (BA, 2009) fell in love with Naropa when she was a senior at
New Vista High. A Naropa student visited her class to teach poetry, and Candice was
intrigued by her teaching style. As Naropa did not yet offer classes for first-year
students, Candice set off for other ventures, but yearned for a deeper connection
to self, the world, and social justice. Read More.
Contemplative teachers, mindfulness researchers, educators, clinicians, doctors, and
students joined together to share their work and consciously explore the burgeoning
intersection of the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness during the first International
Symposia of Contemplative Studies (ISCS) in Denver Read More.
During his recent sabbatical, Robert Spellman (Associate Professor, Visual Arts) traveled
to India to teach drawing to Tibetan Buddhist teacher and filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse
Norbu Rinpoche. Read More.
Jesse Thompson (MA Contemplative Psychotherapy, 2003) is the epitome of a Naropa alum.
He works as a clinical psychologist, a field that supports the well-being of others;
while on the side he’s an entrepreneur. Thompson is the founder of Mama’s Fire Authentic
Tibetan Hot Sauce, a business that he’s endlessly passionate about, which also funds
Sacred Works Projects, a nonprofit that is very close to his heart. Read More.
Arron Mansika (MA, 2004) wasn’t looking for any life changes when a friend gave him
a Naropa catalog in 1997. He put the mailer in the recycle bin, only to find that
his friend fished it out and placed it on his bed. Sometimes our friends know us better
than we know ourselves! Read More.