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Contemplative Education
Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Contemplative Education prepares you to teach from a place of compassion and insight.

Designed for all those who teach, whether pre-K through college, studio, business, or wilderness. This low-residency program combines the study of Eastern and Western teaching approaches with mindfulness and compassion training, so you will not only learn how to improve student learning, but become more resilient and compassionate yourself.

Students who graduate from Naropa’s MA Contemplative Education program have meaningful and effective careers – some have gone on to teach internationally, direct pre-schools, become teacher-leaders, and principals.

Please note: the MA Contemplative Education program is not accepting new applicants now or in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact the Office of Admissions with questions or to discuss any of Naropa's other graduate degree programs.

Credits Required


The degree is a 2-year online/on-campus program. Students take classes as part of a cohort community studying both Eastern and Western approaches to transformative education.

Degree Requirements

Online/On campus format

Your program begins in July with a three-week residential program, followed by two online courses each in the fall and spring semesters. The Contemplative Education program culminates with a weekend during the third summer in which you will present your master’s project and graduate.


Students learning in the classroom

Alumni Highlight

“The foundation of academic and experiential learning combined with mindfulness and awareness practice allows for the cultivation of a profound depth of knowledge. The tools and strategies offered by Naropa’s program can immediately be integrated into the classroom.”

Amy Burke
MA, Contemplative Education, 2011

Co-Founder MindWell Foundation, which helps schools develop more mindful cultures

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Featured Contemplative Education Courses

  • The Mindful Teacher
  • Perspectives in Sacred Learning
  • Cultivating Authentic Knowledge



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Faculty Highlight

“Contemplative education is cropping up in more places, but its depth and breadth at Naropa is unequalled.”

— Richard C. Brown
Professor, Contemplative Education
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