The undergraduate curriculum at Naropa University aims to offer a twenty-first-century
education through its unique blend of academics, various artistic and contemplative
practices, and community engagement. It encourages students to take their learning
beyond the facts and to engage with others and the material. Read More.
Racheli Mendelson (BFA, 2013) explores themes of re-humanizing soldiers in her new
show, Shoot, Cry And Forget About it! A Military Clown Adventure. Boulder audiences
had a chance to catch the show at the recent Boulder International Fringe Festival.
What could Naropa look like through a permaculture lens? What is permaculture? Jason
Gerhardt's permaculture students really walk the talk, meeting the world as it is
and changing it for the better. Read More.
How can we manage our own finances in ways that respect our time, goals, and priorities?
Taking a holistic approach to finances includes looking at an individual’s core beliefs.
Check out how these Naropa alumni are creating new pathways for financial sustainability.
Urban farming provides fresh healthy food for people in need, repurposing unused land
to feed and educate the local community. This sustainable food movement is growing
with every season, and Naropa alumni are contributing in all kinds of ways—from beekeeping
to composting and food trucks. Read More.
On our second day back on campus after the flood, Naropa Professors MacAndrew Jack,
Michael Lythgoe, and Dean Christine Caldwell facilitated a community meeting to provide
information and resources for dealing with trauma. Students, staff, and faculty gathered
to share stories and begin the healing process. Read More.
What does it mean to be healthy? How do we feed ourselves and respect the bodies that
house us? How do we apply loving kindness to self as well as other? Naropa alumni
are creating communities and dialogues to help foster and further this discussion.
Did you know that the local Colorado landscape serves as assistant professor for many
of Naropa's courses? Jill Powers' 3D Ephemeral Media Course and Brigitte Mars' Herbal
Medicine course each illustrate the importance of our environment as a teacher, whether
you're a visual artist or a healer. Read More.
Maintaining a commitment to responsible investing, Naropa has joined an increasing
number of environmentally conscious universities in fully divesting from companies
linked to the fossil fuel industry. Read More.
As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Environmental Studies Professor Anne Parker participated
in a pioneer program mapping erosion from human use and designing and implementing
the Wilderness Permit System in Yosemite National Park. This fall, in the midst of
the Yosemite fire, she and her fellow students gathered for a forty-year reunion.
Naropa University’s Academic Plan outlines six key curricular commitments which, when
taken together, paint a picture of the educational journey that every Naropa undergraduate
student experiences, regardless of area of study. Read More.
Georgia Harper (MA, '12) sought out John W. Cobb, the former president of Naropa and
longtime birder, to have the first (of many) conversations about birding. They shared
their experiences with how they came to birding, how approaching birding in a contemplative
way affects birding with others, and how contemplative observation seeps into other
aspects of their lives. Read More.
Religious Studies graduate student, Austin R. Pick, and his wife spent the summer
of 2012 hiking the 220-mile John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Their 24-day trek took them through an inner journey as rewarding and challenging
as the outer journey. Read More.