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CACE Events and Trainings

CACE Contemplative Education Colloquia explore topics in contemplative education by engaging Naropa faculty from various disciplines to share and discuss their relevant teaching methodologies, research and insights. While focused on contemplative pedagogy, these monthly colloquia are open to all members of the Naropa community and the public. For more information, contact Charlotte Rotterdam.

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Upcoming Events

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Contemplative Dance Practice
Naropa Compassion Training
The 9th Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

Fransciso Varela Series Talk & Workshop
Maitri Space Awareness Teacher Training Program



Contemplative Education for Our Times a Discussion Panel With:

Zvi Ish-Shalom, Associate Professor, Wisdom Traditions
Carla Mueller, MDiv Alumna; Program Manager, JMC
Lily Board, Associate Dean, Naropa College
Charlotte Rotterdam, CACE Director; Instructor, Naropa College
Heléne Van den Berg, BACP Student; Naropa Univeristy

Mass Violence ·Racism · Political Divisiveness · Ethnic Cleansing · Natural Disaster

 These describe the state of our world today. What does Contemplative Education have to offer as we face – individually and as a human community – these sources of great suffering and upheaval? What tools and resources does Contemplative Education provide to engage our current world?

This Community Gathering brings together voices from across our Naropa community and invites all to participate in open discussion on these questions. A dialogue practice will also be introduced to cultivate heart-ful communication with another.

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12-1:20pm

Location: Performing Arts Center


Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam at crotterdam@naropa.edu.



Contemplative Dance Practice: Introduction & Ongoing Series With Barbara DilleyUpcoming Events

Barbara DilleyContemplative 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.

Introductory Session: Saturday, September 16, 10am-1pm

This three hour session includes the history and context of Contemplative Dance Practice, followed by guided instruction in CDP: I Sitting Meditation (being willing to come back)/II Personal Awareness Practice (finding Kinesthetic Delights)/   III Open Space (opening to Deep Play with ensemble)/IV Discussion.

Cost: $50//Location: Nalanda Dojo (6287 Arapahoe Ave)

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER: https://contemplative-dance-introduction-2017.eventbrite.com

barbara dilleyOngoing Practice Series:

A committed group meets on Saturdays, 10am-1pm, twice per month, for contemplative dance practice guided by Barbara Dilley and alumni. Please attend the intro session on September 16 if you are new to the form.

Space is very limited. Please register early.

Fall dates: September 30; October 14 & 28; November 11 & 18; December 2

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 crotterdam@naropa.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.



Dialogue and Difference: Exploring Naropa's Inter-Religious Heritage with Religious Studies Faculty Members: Judith Simmer-Brown, Sreedevi Bringi & Zvi Ish-Shalom