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Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20

Naropa University is proud to announce our first annual Community Week, debuting October 16-20, 2017. Loosely themed on the Year of the Firebird, the week of free events will provide alumni, students, faculty, staff, and visitors to learn more about the University’s storied past, vibrant present, and exciting future through a variety of offerings including panel discussions, presentations, interactive workshops, contemplative practice offerings, and much more.

Join us for Community Week 2017, and together we’ll ignite the world.

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Experience Naropa                        

Friday, October 20 // 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Nalanda // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO

Attend classes, meet with faculty and other community members, and discover the beauty and benefits of contemplative education. Open to all.

Sponsored by: Office of Admissions




October 27-29 // Scotts Valley, California

Radicalizing Contemplative Education: Compassion, Intersectionality, and Justice in Challenging Times




November 3-4, 2017 

Friday evening public talk:

The Craving Mind: From smartphones to cigarettes to love – Why we get hooked and how to tap the inherent power of our minds

Time: 7pm; Location: Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder

Tickets: https://varela-lecture-jud-brewer.eventbrite.com


Saturday workshop:

Experiencing our craving minds (and how we can tap into their potential)

We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eat, smoke, excessively drink, or any other behavior, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Can we learn how our minds work, and even tap into this very process to find a key to conquer the cravings we know are unhealthy for us and open our natural capacities for awareness and kindness?

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist brings together over 20 years of experience of meditation practice and teaching, clinical work and neuroscience research to develop novel treatments for behavior change. His in-person and app-based training are scientifically proven to help break bad habits, and fostering flourishing, including those for emotional and stress eating (Eat Right Nowâ) and smoking cessation (Craving to Quitâ).

In this experiential seminar, Dr. Brewer will describe how we can tap into the actual processes that encourage habitual behaviors in order to step out of them. In very accessible ways, he will describe the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, and then teach participants ways to help them experience and learn how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits in their own lives. He will also show participants how to build their own capacities of awareness, kindness, and curiosity.

This program may be especially helpful for clinicians and therapists who are looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors, as well as individuals who might be looking to break habits such as emotional eating, anxiety and others. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and the latest scientific findings from his own lab and others, this seminar offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing self-compassion, and living a fuller life.

Suggested reading: The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits, by Judson Brewer (Yale University Press).

November 3-4, 2017; Friday 7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm: $145

Friday eve only: $20; Naropa faculty/staff $10; Naropa students $5

Nalanda Events Center, Naropa University, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam crotterdam@naropa.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is an internationally known thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. Dr. Brewer has developed novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including smoking, stress eating, and anxiety (e.g. www.goeatrightnow.com), and has studied their underlying brain mechanisms. His work has been featured on 60 minutes, at TED.com (top 10 talks of 2016), in Time magazine, Forbes, NPR and the BBC among others. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).




Saturday, November 4// 1:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.
Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO

Naropa University

Graduate Counseling Preview is specially designed to give you in-depth information about Naropa's graduate counseling degree programs.

Packed with information and activities designed to familiarize prospective students with counseling at Naropa, the Preview also gives a general overview of Naropa's unique academic environment and student life as well.

Naropa University's MA Clinical Mental Health Programs presented during this preview:

  • Transpersonal Art Therapy
  • Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy
  • Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling (hybrid & on campus)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology

Explore Naropa's graduate counseling degree programs here.

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 admissionsevents@naropa.edu.




Transforming the Paradigm of care

December 7-10, 2017 

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO
Naropa University

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

As we inevitably face the personal, collective and institutional challenges of living and dying, patients, families, and healthcare professionals are exploring and putting into action new ways of understanding the value of contemplative care. Convene in a community of caretakers for keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops and contemplative practices. Continuing Education hours available for nursing and counseling. (Discounts available for the Naropa Community - please watch your e-mail for the promotional codes.)

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Ongoing Events

Art Exhibitions

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.

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Weekly Meditation Instruction Sessions–Fall 2017 Sessions Start on Wednesday, September 13

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.



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