Name: Luke Entrup
Concentration: Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Graduating Class: 2004
Hometown: Quincy, IL
What brought you to Naropa?
I was interested in coursework that combines traditional western psychology with meditation and cutting-edge transpersonal approaches.
What have you been doing since graduation and what are doing now? How did Naropa help you with this?
I am working on a Masters of Public Health concentrating in International Health and Development, as well as a Masters of Social Work with certificates in International Social Work and Disaster Mental Health from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.
Naropa gave me numerous things; a solid knowledge base necessary for the helping professions, useful tools to avoid burnout, essential rigorous training in academic writing, and a venue to explore personal empowerment.
Prior to starting my coursework at Tulane, I offered retreats and educational programs using a combination of contemplative practices and shadow integration. I recently presented programs to psychiatrists in Moscow, Russia, seekers and activists in Austin, TX, college football players in Ashland, OR, and men in transition at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado.
What do you miss about Naropa?
I miss the faculty in the psychology department. They encourage a learning environment of radical self-exploration and self-expression.
Why did you choose your particular concentration?
I was drawn to transpersonal psychology because it embraced models of evolving consciousness through experiential learning. It also had some interesting Jungian classes.
What is your favorite Naropa experience?
The Senior Project Seminar final presentations.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Volunteering for Hospice.
Anything else you would like to share?
My senior project thesis ?Developmental and Spiritual Issues of the Next Generation? finally went to print in late 2007. It is published by Columbia University Press in a book title ?Becoming Visible.? The latest version I co-authored with Beth Firestein, PhD.