In January 2018, Naropa welcomed Michael Bauer as the Director of Sustainability within
the Office for Inclusive Community. Bauer brings his broad experience in sustainability
program design and impact evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and program development.
Alumni Chelsea Karcher, MA, LPC-IT, with her partner Owen Karcher, MA, LPC, run The
Center for Community Healing in Madison, Wisconsin. Both graduated from Naropa’s Transpersonal
Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy program in 2013, and they frame their work through
a strong social justice lens. Read More.
Last semester, three self-proclaimed “love zombies” who are on a mission to spread
love through yoga and mindfulness visited Naropa University. Brothers Ali and Atman
Smith and Andres ‘Andy’ Gonzalez are the founders of The Holistic Life Foundation
(HLF), a nonprofit organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. Read More.
It is my belief that the real magic in art arises in the space where the personal
masterfully meets the universal. And mastery is what Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni brought
to us in April over our lunch hour at Naropa University with her one-woman show, One
Drop of Love. Read More.
Students and alumni share why they sought something outside the norm for their college
experience and what it was about Naropa that drew them in. Read More.
While it may be common knowledge that Naropa’s mission rests on the advancement and
adoption of contemplative education, it may be less evident that Naropa is also focused
on helping to describe and understand the very nature of contemplation itself, and
how contemplative awareness and practices affect our daily lives as individuals, communities,
and societies. Read More.
Naropa students, alumni, staff, and faculty bring their brilliance to our local community
every day. Drawing on their leadership skills, contemplative training, and activist
hearts, they also make incredible contributions around the country and across the
globe. There are so many stories to tell about how the Naropa community is helping
create a better world. Here are just a few of them. Read More.
Drawing on his experience as an artist, contemplative practitioner, researcher, and
cancer survivor, Michael Franklin’s Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways
to the Self (SUNY Press, 2017) provides a welcoming and instructional guide to art
as contemplative practice. Read More.
Naropa’s Mindful U podcast explores mindfulness from a variety of perspectives—both
in higher education and the world at large. Hosted by Naropa alumnus and Multimedia
Manager David DeVine (BA Interdisciplinary Studies, ‘12), episodes feature Naropa
faculty, alumni, and special guests on a wide variety of topics including compassion,
permaculture, social justice, herbal healing, and green architecture—to name a few.
Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify to explore the transformative possibilities
of mindfulness, both in the classroom and beyond! Read More.
Family, friends, and students of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (1930–2018) gathered at Naropa’s
Performing Arts Center on June 17, 2018, to celebrate a great writer and dear friend.
Guests included Bobbie’s daughter, Sarah Creeley, grandchildren Miranda Konoplisky
and Devin Houston, and paternal cousin Alec Axt. Read More.
Richard Froude (MFA Writing and Poetics, ‘04) figured he’d be in the United States
for two years. After traveling from Bristol, United Kingdom, to attend one week of
Naropa’s Summer Writing Program (SWP) in 2001, he had applied to the MFA in Writing
and Poetics. Read More.
How can we find joy in a moment like this? I see good people right now nurturing anxiety
and distress because it seems the only reasonable way to be in a moment like this.
That joy would be a luxury—perhaps a privilege, even an insult—to those on the losing
side of this moment‘s equations. Read More.
Over the past few years, alumni have made it clear that they have a strong desire
to reconnect with their Naropa roots. And whether it is teaching a workshop or offering
a presentation, many alumni want to give back to their alma mater and help guide the
next generation of Naropa graduates. Read More.