Community Week: October 14-19, 2019

Naropa University is proud to announce the theme of Community Week 2019: Just Joy! 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.

From October 18-19, we cordially invite parents & families to join us for Parent & Family Weekend, an opportunity to come and learn more about what your student is experiencing at Naropa University.

community week Schedule of Events*:

Monday, October 14

Beloved Community & Indigenous Peoples' Day                           

Visiting Artist Gregg Deal

Mural Painting, Community Conversation & Community Lunch. Gregg Deal is an artist and activist whose work deals with Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype.

Sponsored by: Office for Inclusive Community

Arapahoe Campus Tour

1–2 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Join us for a guided tour and learn about the history of Naropa University and what’s on the horizon. Open to all.

Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

2–3 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Learn about contemplative education, the undergraduate curriculum, student life, financial aid, and much more. Open to all.

Chado: Way of Tea

3–6 p.m. // Arapahoe: Tea House

Experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the intimate space of Naropa’s Tea House. Seating limited to six. Open to all. Sponsored by: Office of Contemplative Practices & Spirituality

Tuesday, October 15

Community Practice Day                                             

All day // Nalanda: various

The Naropa University community comes together once each semester to celebrate our culture and traditions by engaging in diverse contemplative practices and exploring rich offerings by our faculty, staff, and students. Open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Sponsored by: Office of Contemplative Practices & Spirituality

Alumni Luncheon

12:15–1:30 p.m. // Nalanda: TBA

Alumni are invited for a complimentary lunch to build community, make connections, and create new ways to enact positive change in the world. Open to alumni only. Sponsored by: Office of Alumni Relations

Wednesday, October 16

Community Resilience Day             

Resiliency Resources

11 a.m. // Arapaho Green

Living into the Work that Reconnects

Practice gratitude in the midst of chaos. Come gather at this ritual, where we will connect to ourselves, each other and the Earth, with the extremely moving and timely work of Joanna Macy. Using storytelling, movement and art, experience a powerful introduction to the work that reconnects. 

12-1:20 p.m. // Performing Arts Center


1:30- 2 p.m. // starts in the Performing Arts Center

Performance & Communi-Tea with Visiting Artist Gregg Deal


Arapahoe Campus Tour

1–2 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

2–3 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Nalanda Campus Tour

4–5 p.m. // Nalanda: South Lobby

Join us for a guided tour of the Nalanda Campus, home of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the School of the Arts, and the Naropa Community Art Studio. Open to all.

Evening meditation session: Mindfulness for Work, Life & Wellbeing

6:30-7:30 p.m. // Nalanda: Meditation Hall

Create community and strengthen your practice alongside others interested in mindfulness meditation. No experience necessary; faculty will review basic techniques during the session. Open to all. Sponsored by: Office of Contemplative Practices & Spirituality

Thursday, October 17

Keep Naropa Weird                       

12-4pm // Arapahoe Green

An invitation to play in a free, come-as-you-are, spontaneous, self-care, creative resistance event that will invigorate your wild Naropa fire! Open to all. Sponsored by: Undergraduate Academic Advising / Naropa College / Student Union of Naropa

Arapahoe Campus Tour

1–2 p.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

Student Group Mixer  

6-8 p.m. // Lower Level Wulsin 

This mixer for student group leaders and members will provide opportunities for connecting to potential collaborators, support for hosting student events, fun, rejuvenation and delicious snacks! 

Friday, October 18 (part of Parent & Family Weekend)

Paramita Campus Tour

10–10:45 a.m. // Paramita: Main Lobby

Join us for a guided tour of the Paramita Campus, home to the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology. Open to all.

Arapahoe Campus Tour

10–10:45 a.m. // Arapahoe: Lobby of Wulsin Hall

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Experience Naropa Open House                        

11 a.m-3 p.m. // Nalanda: various

Attend classes, meet with faculty and other community members, and discover the beauty and benefits of contemplative education. Prospective undergraduate students are invited to On-the-Spot Admissions! Skip the wait, apply for free, learn if you qualify for an academic scholarship, and receive an admissions decision all in one visit. Open to all.

RSVP to Experience Naropa

Residence Hall Tour

3:30-4:30 p.m. // Start at Snow Lion, then to 2333 Arapahoe

Parent & Family Opening Reception                                                  

6 p.m. // Pamela Krasney Pavilion, Arapahoe Campus 
Mix, mingle, and learn about what’s in store for Naropa University. Light refreshments served. Sponsored by: Parent and Family Relations 


7 p.m. // Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus

SparkTalks, dynamic presentations that share the wisdom of Naropa's alumni, will open your heart, broaden your perspective, and enliven your spirit. Free & open to all. Sponsored by: Office of Alumni Relations

Breeze of Simplicity Keynote Talk: Sanity within Chaos                                                 

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

7-9 p.m. // Nalanda: Nalanda Events Center

Believe it or not, it is possible to dwell in a state of calmness even within the most intense periods of outer, or even inner, chaos. Fortunately for ourselves, the Buddha emphasized that we do not have to believe this; we can actually experience it for ourselves.  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and other books. Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Saturday, October 19 - Parent & Family Weekend

Parent and Family Experiential

9:00-2:00p.m. // The Learning Commons in Wulsin Hall

Make connections with faculty and staff who support your student's journey and hear from Naropa alumni who have taken their experience out into the world. Open to parents and families of Naropa University students. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by: Parent and Family Relations

*Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 to discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.