The Naropa Compassion Initiative 


February 5-March 19, 2019



woman meditating with a hand on heart and hand on stomach

Compassion opens and expands our minds and hearts, inspiring kindness and altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be intentionally cultivated to enhance personal well-being, resilience, and capacity to benefit others. This is because training in compassion reduces empathy fatigue, improves emotion regulation, and fosters healthy social connection.

Naropa’s WELCOME Training offers a pathway to foster mindfulness alongside lovingkindness for yourself, loved ones, and even the difficult people in our lives. Drawing on scientific research findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as practices and teachings from Buddhism, WELCOME provides a multifaceted view of the power and potential of compassion. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to a series of experiential practices, receive informative suggested readings, and engage in compassionate “fieldwork” to integrate compassion into your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Embodiment · Burnout · Is compassion always nice?


When: Tuesdays, February 5-March 19, 6:30-8:30pm & Saturday, March 16, 9:30am-1pm

Location: Naropa University, Nalanda campus (63rd & Arapahoe), Room 9246

Cost: $195 / $250 (sliding scale)

Students: $50; Naropa Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $95

A Letter of Completion is available to anyone who attends all sessions and completes all practices, readings and field work.

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.

Erika Berland Headshot Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance. Author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation.

gaylon headshot on white background Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies; Author of Natural Wakefulness and Natural Bravery

Jordan Quaglia Headshot Jordan Quaglia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemplative Psychology.

Charlotte Headshot Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.





Naropa welcomes participants with diverse abilities.  Please contact Charlotte Rotterdam  at to request accessibility accommodations needed.

For questions, please contact Charlotte Rotterdam,


What is the Naropa Compassion Intitaive? 

The NAROPA COMPASSION INITIATIVE, is a three part Training and Research Initiative to share compassion practices, teachings and science with our community and world.

1. Mindful Compassion Training

  • WELCOME: An 8-week Introductory Training
    Welcome · Embody · Loving-kindness · Compassion · Open · Maintain · Engage
  • ENGAGE: Advanced Training
    Equanimity · Name · Goodness · Accept · Give · Exchange
  • Train the Trainer Program

2. Compassion Research

  • Developing compassion measure
  • Pre- and post-training testing
  • Assessment

3. Compassion Blog: The Soft Spot (




Jordan Quaglia

Faculty Spotlight

At its best, one's educational journey isn't just about oneself. Naropa fosters engaging one's education with a bigger vision.

— Jordan Quaglia, PhD
Assistant Professor, BA in Contemplative Psychology

Jordan Quaglia, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University. During doctoral training in Experimental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, he was awarded Mind and Life Institute’s Francisco J. Varela Award for his dissertation research on the effects of mindfulness training on social emotion regulation. Now at Naropa, he directs the Cognitive and Affective Science Lab, relying on a range of methods, from neuroscientific measures to smartphone-based surveys. Quaglia’s research, focused primarily on topics of meditative cognition, emotion regulation, and social functioning, has been featured in leading scientific journals and scholarly books. In January 2017, he joined the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education as Research Director for the Compassion Initiative.