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Seeing Clearly through Cracked Lenses

Seeing Clearly through Cracked Lenses

The following is a personal reflection excerpt of Jeanine Canty’s chapter, “Seeing Clearly Through Cracked Lenses.” This comes from a book she recently edited, Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices (Routledge, 2017). This academic book features essays by fourteen diverse women engaged in work exploring and crossing the boundaries of ecological and social healing. Read More.

Luminous Doorways Naomi Brodner

Luminous Doorways: Naomi Brodner

Artistic practice is often a function of the ‘right brain’ or non-lingual hemisphere of the brain. This makes it incredibly advantageous to use in therapeutic practice,” says Contemplative Psychology student Naomi Brodner. Read More.

Radiant Confidence

Radiant Confidence

The next step after touching and feeling the ground is appreciating the inherent richness of the group. Once again the key shift is away from a missionary approach—in which the leader brings richness to an impoverished group that needs her or his wisdom. Read More.

Meet David DeVine

Meet David DeVine

What is your personal mission statement? To develop and grow my understanding of life and love. To continually seek truth and spirit. Show up fully and create phat bass music. Read More.

Building Responsive End of Life Experiences

What Is Contemplative Education?

Students and alumni describe Naropa’s learning approach. There is a deeper inquiry into who the student is, and a stronger student teacher relationship that really supports the student becoming who they want to be. Read More.

Experiential Anatomy and Embodiment

Experiential Anatomy and Embodiment

One of the many unique gifts that Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has contributed to the field of movement and somatic education is the expression, through imagery and awareness practices, of the different qualities, or “minds,” that the many tissues and systems in the body have. Read More.

Laird Hunt Exploring America's Dark History

Laird Hunt: Exploring America's Dark History

Women who fight in disguise alongside men in the Civil War; slave sisters that shackle their dead master’s wife; a woman in Jim Crow-era Indiana planning to watch a lynching the same way she might plan a picnic—these alarming and fascinating characters are the stars of Naropa graduate Laird Hunt’s last three novels. Read More.

Writing Their Own Stories

Writing Their Own Stories

Low-residency students often talk about staying local as a major factor in deciding how to pursue their studies. Creative Writing MFA candidates Sun Yung Shin and Jackie Henrion both remain deeply engaged in their local communities while working on graduate degrees at Naropa. Read More.

Celebrating Jack Collom

Celebrating Jack Collom

Family, friends, and current and former students of Jack Collom gathered at Naropa’s Performing Arts Center on August 20 to celebrate and remember a great poet and true friend. Jack served as adjunct faculty at Naropa for more than thirty years. First joining the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in 1986, Jack was a boundless source of energy and inspiration. Read More.

Changing the World

Changing the World

Drawing on their professional, contemplative, and holistic training, Naropa alumni are making incredible contributions in diverse fields. They’re creating sustainable businesses, developing innovative technology, and providing essential services within local and international communities. There are hundreds of alumni whose work we’d love to share with you. As a starter, check out these seventeen game-changers. Read More.

Going to College in This Political Moment

Going to College in This Political Moment

When I transferred to Naropa University, I wondered how I could stay politically engaged while in college. I was worried that school would be like an all-encompassing universe, or black hole, causing me to abandon the environmental and social justice work that is core to who I am. I worried it would all have to wait until I graduated. Read More.

Queer Asterisk: Bursting the Heteronormative Bubble

Queer Asterisk: Bursting the Heteronormative Bubble

Naropa alumni are providing life-changing and potentially life-saving therapeutic services to LGBTQPIA+ communities and allies in the Front Range. Specializing in Somatic Psychotherapy, Wilderness Therapy, and Canine/Equine Therapy, Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Services (QA) offers individual and group therapy, community gatherings, and customized diversity and inclusivity trainings. Read More.

Restorative Justice: A Justice That Heals

Restorative Justice: A Justice That Heals

I was a closet yogi and a closet meditator for many years because when I was a Marxist, when I was working with the Black Panthers, when I was this militant fighter adopting a very combative stance, and even as a trial lawyer—meditation, yoga? Read More.

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