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Therapist as Ally: Social Justice In and Out of the Therapy Room

Therapist as Ally: Social Justice In & Out of the Therapy Room

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.

Empowering Communities: The Holistic Life Foundation Visits Naropa

Empowering Communities: The Holistic Life Foundation Visits Naropa

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.

One Drop of Love

One Drop of Love

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.

Why Naropa? Why Now?

Why Naropa? Why Now?

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.

Naropa Meets World

Naropa Meets World

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.

Art as a Contemplative Practice

Art as a Contemplative Practice

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.

Mindfulness Amplified

Mindfulness Amplified

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.

Bobbie Louise Hawkins: Relentless Artist

Bobbie Louise Hawkins: Relentless Artist

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.

Loving Living Healing

Loving Living Healing

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.

Moving Forward in Joy and Wisdom Excerpts from 2018 Commencement

Moving Forward in Joy & Wisdom: Excerpts from 2018 Commencement

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.

SparkTalks Ignite the World

SparkTalks Ignite the World

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.

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