An award-winning playwright, actor, producer and educator, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is currently touring the one-woman show she wrote and performs in: One Drop of Love. One Drop travels near and far, in the past and present to explore the intersections of race, class and gender in pursuit of truth, justice and love. The show is produced by Cox DiGiovanni, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon.
Fanshen has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR and has published OpEds on Shondaland, Blavity and the Washington Post’s The Lily. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has designed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the world. She has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award, and with Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships and an ‘Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media’ award by Media Done Responsibly. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in Acting and Performance in Film, TV and Theater. She serves on the boards of the non-profit MixedRootsStories.org, The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and of Project Greenlight Digital Studios. Her play, One Drop of Love, was awarded Best Non-Fiction Script by the United Solo Theatre Festival, and the film version won Best Documentary Film at the Roxbury International Film Festival and is an official selection of the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Black International Film Festival.
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the event.
All funds raised will be put toward Summer Writing Program scholarship funds.
Featuring: Ella Longpre, HR Hegnauer, Sarah Schantz, Toni Oswald, Laura E. Wright, J'Lyn Chapman, Michelle Naka Pierce, Eleni Sikelianos, Anne Waldman & current students
Ritualists: Sarah Richards Graba, Shawnie Luree Hamer, Simone Liggins
MC: Swanee Astrid
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at email@example.com or 303-546-3508 prior to the event.
A play seen through the eyes of a child of a pipeline builder that deals with events leading up to Nov 21, 2016 on the Standing Rock Reservation. Protectors features music, movement and text distillation in the lineage of the MFA Contemporary Theatrical Performance program at Naropa University. The story is based on Sophocles’ classic tragedy Antigone. This is a totally new play that will challenge how people think of the Earth’s resources and their understanding of friendship and love. Seating is complementary, first come first serve. Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Bohan at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> prior to the event.
On April 20, Naropa University will throw open its doors to prospective graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world at Experience Naropa – a whirlwind of activity designed to open minds, spark creativity, and begin to create the bonds of community. Tour campus, attend sample classes, and meet students and faculty who are changing the world for the better. Come for the answers to your questions, and stick around for an engaging afternoon full of lively activities and passionate people.
Learn how mindfulness and contemplative education become a part of our students' daily lives in and out of the classroom. Discover if Naropa is right for you.
Explore contemplative education first-hand with our wonderful faculty and leave with an understanding of what it's like to attend a Naropa class. Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Martha Husick at 303-546-3548 or at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event.
Can't join us in April? Future 2018 open house dates include June 22 and August 22.
The Naropa & abc home partnership offers a New York City audience the rare opportunity to experience the practices and pedagogies that lie at the heart of Naropa University, founded in 1974 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, CO. Through quarterly presentations, performances and workshops featuring faculty from Naropa, we take a dive into a variety of contemplative disciplines that aim to foster an enlightened society and the next generation of awakened, compassionate leaders.
The Series includes four evening events, two in Spring 2018 with Professors Jeanine Canty and Anne Waldman and two in Fall 2018 with Professors Judith Simmer-Brown and Reed Bye.
We are witnessing and experiencing deep suffering in our world. Our society has disconnected itself from nature and from the oppression of people. The roots of our ecological and social crises go hand in hand; the traumas we are experiencing are from the same roots and very often become internalized in our bodies – physically, psychologically, and emotionally. We’ll explore how to work to understand and begin to address these deep traumas within ourselves and in our work with others. Participants should be prepared to work in community with insight, compassion, and vulnerability.
Jeanine M. Canty, PhD is a professor and chair of the Environmental Studies department at Naropa University and editor of and contributor to Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices.
"The text seemed to emanate from a vibrating larynx and dance in the air…The image and insistent repetition of “ink”…came from a dream that inflected the power of ink as a kind of lifeblood for poetry." - Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman is a poet, teacher, performer and cultural activist who has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1970. Her newest book project is EXTINCTION ARIA, from Pied Oxen Printers. A dedicated writer, Waldman has created radical new hybrid and performative structures for her poetry, both serial and narrative. Her new book of poems, Trickster Feminism, a book of protest, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018.
Waldman was one of the founders and directors of the Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery in NYC, and went on to co-found The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg in 1974. She has continued to work at Naropa, the first Buddhist-inspired University in the USA, as a Distinguished Professor of Poetics, and is Artistic Director of its celebrated Summer Writing Program.
Spring dates: February 17; March 3; March 24; April 7; April 14; April 21.
Contemplative Dance Practice, offered during the 1980 Naropa Institute Summer Session, is a three hour practice when students sit at the interface between meditative disciplines and dance/movement studies. CDP is adapted from the experience of meditation halls and inspired by Dharma Art teachings of Naropa’s founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Over 35 years Naropa’s alumni have taken CDP into the world, and met new environments, cultures, and students, both beginners and experienced. We will explore the original form as well as variations offered by returning alumni. Come as you are. You have everything you need for the journey.
This is a rare opportunity to study and practice with Barbara Dilley, founding Naropa faculty and the creator of Contemplative Dance Practice. The program is part of the Heritage Project which documents, archives and trains in contemplative practices developed uniquely within Naropa’s lineage of contemplative education.
Barbara Dilley (BA, Mt. Holyoke College, ’60), trained in ballet, then studied and performed dance in New York City (1960-1975) with Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Yvonne Rainer, and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that extended the definitions of improvisation. Moving to Boulder (1974), she designed the Dance / Movement Studies program at Naropa University, served as President (1985-1993), and retired in 2015. Her memoir and handbook, This Very Moment: teaching thinking dancing, 2015, Naropa University Press, is available at www.barbaradilley.com.
A committed group meets on Saturdays, 10am-1pm, about twice per month, for contemplative dance practice guided by Barbara Dilley and alumni.
Please attend the intro session on February 3 if you are new to the form.
Space is very limited. Please register early.
Spring dates: February 17; March 3; March 24; April 7; April 14; April 21.
Cost: $120 // Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam email@example.com at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and trained, both to enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience and to benefit others.
This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative and somatic practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.
The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.
Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices · Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out · Is compassion always nice?
The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, Buddhist studies, and the arts.
Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies. Author of Dakini’s Warm Breath and editor of Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies.
Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance. Author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation.
Jordan Quaglia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemplative Psychology.
Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.
For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam, firstname.lastname@example.org
Free and open to the Public
The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.
Free and open to the Public
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus// 6287 Arapahoe Avenue // Room 9240
Naropa offers weekly meditation instruction sessions, featuring guided meditation followed by instruction from experienced Naropa faculty members about mindfulness and its application in everyday life. No experience necessary. Come as you are.