Naropa Magazine Spring 2014
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art as archive

At the Intersection of Art & Archive

Joyce LeeAnn (BA, 2009) has always been an archivist. In her essay, (re)Defining ‘Archivist,’ she writes, “From a young age, it was clear that some things were worth saving. Some things should be kept away from little brothers’ and sisters’ greasy fingerprints, but always close enough to be accessible. To be used again.” Read More.

Circling Back to the Source

In October, Naropa and the Royal University of Bhutan signed an agreement for Naropa to be the gateway university in North America to offer a semester long study abroad program for undergraduates. Through this unique opportunity students will reside in student housing on one of three selected Royal University campuses, attending classes with Bhutanese counterparts, and fully immerse into the rich Bhutanese culture. Read More.

Barbara Dilley

Continuous Present

Continuous Present, by Barbara Dilley, braids together classroom practices with memoirs about dancing and teaching and thinking. Read More.

Intersection of Buddhism & Leadership

Kevin Mays (MA ’95) had an eclectic undergraduate education. After studying engineering, geography, political and international relations, economics, philosophy, and language, he felt he had gained a lot of understanding but little wisdom. A motorcycle trip to Florida and a year living on the beach saw him searching for something more. Read More.

Learning in action

Learning in Action

Last semester’s Community-based Learning and Action students took their classroom to The Gathering Place, a Denver-based drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. Committed to concerns around food security and food justice, Associate Professor Candace Walworth initiated this collaborative service learning opportunity after meeting a staff member at a Grow Local Colorado event. Read More.

living in attunement

Living in Attunement

Lisa Dion (MA, 2003) is often asked how she juggles her roles as therapist, trainer, entrepreneur, business consultant, and mother. In fact, finding that alignment, and helping others find theirs, is at the core of her work. Read More.

The Art of Teaching, Learning & Living

When I was asked to be the teacher’s assistant for Barbara Dilley’s Improvisation/ Composition class, I never intuited how deeply I would learn about the art of pedagogy and then reflect so much, out of this pedagogy, on the art of daily living. Read More.

Naropa week

Naropa Week // October 10–19, 2014

Naropa’s 40th anniversary celebration peaks with The Naropa Week, an embodiment of Naropa’s exploration of intersections: among the arts, psychology, and spirituality; contemplation, the critical, and the creative; sustainability, justice, and compassion; and Naropa’s vibrant roots and its dynamic future. Read More.

Naropa & Boulder: A Love Story

The summer of 1974 was like no other in Boulder. Naropa attendees descended on the beautiful mountain town and found a home amongst the countercultural locals. Forty years on, Naropa and Boulder are still the place to be for contemplative education and mindful community. Read More.

Original Mind book cover

Original Mind: Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance

The publication of Dee Coulter’s new book, Original Mind: Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance (Sounds True, 2014), is a welcome event in the burgeoning field of neuroscience. Drawn from numerous and diverse tributaries of human wisdom, the book is a masterly weave of cognitive science, indigenous wisdom, art, and practical ethics. Read More.

Author of His Own Creative Vision

Michael Shaun Conaway (MFA, 1993) recalls that one of the first lessons he learned at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School was there was never one right way to do things. While everyone had an opinion, he learned that ultimately his writing succeeded or failed because of his choices. “As a writer and author, I had to be very secure in my vision. More than learning to write at Naropa, I learned to become the owner of my own creative vision.” Read More.