CACE Events and Trainings

CACE Events and Trainings

Compassion Training

Teaching and Learning for Wholeness and Social Change with Laura I Rendón

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.

Upcoming Events

Naropa Compassion Training: March 6 – May 1, 2017

(An 8-week Public Program)

Dates: Mondays, March 6 – May 1, 2017. No class March 27.
Times: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Naropa Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe, Classroom 9235 (2nd floor)
Cost: $195
Naropa Faculty and Staff: $95
Students: $50 (scholarships available to Naropa students; please contact Charlotte Rotterdam,


Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and trained, both to benefit others and to enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience.

This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.

The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Self-compassion
  • Loving-kindness
  • Empathy
  • Resilient compassion
  • Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices
  • Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out
  • Is compassion always nice?
  • The relevance of compassion in the professional arena – human services, health care, business, education, and others.

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, counseling, Buddhist studies, and the arts.

judith simmer-brown  Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies

charlotte rotterdam Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College/CACE Director

gaylon ferguson Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Dale Asrael  Dale Asrael, MA, Associate Professor, Mindfulness-Based Counseling

Ericka Berland  Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance

Paul Bialek  Paul Bialek, MA, Assistant Professor, Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology

Jane Carpenter  Jane Carpenter, MA, Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology


Teaching and Learning for Wholeness and Social Change

Laura I Rendón, Professor Emerita: March 17-19, 2017

  • $195 general admission
  • $140 Naropa/CU Faculty
  • $95 K-12 Educators
  • $70 Students
Friday evening talk only: $15 / $5 students
Location: Naropa University, Nalanda Events Center; 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder.
Times: Friday 7-9pm; Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm; Sunday 10am-1pm


Friday Evening Talk:

Toward A Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogic Imaginary: Deep Learning Experiences Focused on Wholeness and Social Justice

How do we create an education that is purposeful and meaningful at a deep level and able to assist students to become impactful social change agents as they meet an increasingly complex world? This public talk will introduce a “sentipensante (sensing/thinking) pedagogy” that emphasizes wholeness, contemplative engagement and social justice. Participants will be guided in the development of deep, culturally-validating experiences for diverse learners.

Weekend program:

Contemplative Engagement: Teaching and Learning for Wholeness and Social Change

This 1.5 day interactive workshop for K-12 and post-secondary educators will focus on addressing two key questions:

  • How can educators engage learners in a deep learning experience designed to activate and energize both intellectual capacities and inner life development (for example: sense of purpose, deep self knowledge, sense of compassion, social and emotional growth, sense of community, justice and fairness, among others)?
  • How can educators connect contemplative education to social justice issues in their teaching and learning endeavors?

The culmination of this workshop will be a participant-designed teaching and learning project which includes diverse contemplative tools.

Laura I. Rendón's Keynote Address, Naropa University, 2015:

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