Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend, October 10-12Please Join Us!

Friday, October 10 - Sunday, October 12, 2014

All Naropa alumni are warmly invited to join us for Naropa's first-ever Alumni Weekend. Reconnect with friends and faculty, revisit Naropa's campuses and take part in Naropa's 40th Anniversary celebration!

Eventbrite - Alumni Weekend


Friday, October 10

Join us for a lecture with Lisa Jarnot at JKS' [Dis]Embodied Poetics Conference, 7:30 p.m. Arapahoe campus, Performing Arts Center. Or take some time to enjoy the Barbara Bash art exhibit at the Nalanda campus, White Cube Gallery.

Saturday, October 11

Choose one of three Contemplative Practice sessions open to alumni as a wonderful way to begin Saturday morning. 

Join us for an opening reception to officially bow-in for the weekend festivities. A wonderful time to gather as a group for all alumni of Naropa. 

Take a self-guided tour of campus at Arapahoe, Nalanda, or Paramita, and see how much has changed over the years!

Alumni Colleges, enjoy a Naropa class with a beloved Naropa faculty member. See a list of class offerings below: 

    • "Red Square Practice" with Barbara Dilley, Professor, Contemporary Performance

      Inviting space to tell us what to do, we'll enter the Square, open our perceptions, then meet "this very moment which is always the occasion". Deep Play among the ensemble begins.

    • "Moving Together: Developmental Movement and The Viewpoints" with Wendell Beavers, Associate Professor, Performance 

      Explore a new paradigm in performance training based on new somatic techniques, contemplative practice and view, and world theater and dance forms.

    • "Peace Studies Digital Storytelling Project" with Candace Walworth, Associate Professor, Peace Studies

      In this experiential workshop, we will view digital stories created in an undergraduate Peace Studies course at Naropa, explore the co-arising of storytelling and community-building, and generate "seed ideas" for our own 40th Anniversary digital stories.

    • "Contemplative Psychotherapy: Genuine Exchange" with Karen Kissel-Wegela, Professor, Contemplative Psychotherapy

      The ground of Contemplative Psychotherapy is the genuine relationship between therapist and client. In this workshop we will explore the implications of this idea for counseling and psychotherapy. The session will include both discussion and experiential components.

    • "Gathering Bits and Pieces: Stories from a Cambodia Experience" with Sue Wallingford, Associate Professor, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology

      Through the digital storytelling of a service-learning trip, participants will hear how art therapy was used with our partner NGO's in Cambodia, specifically with women and children rescued from domestic violence and the sex trafficking industry. Samples of art made by the students in response to the experience will also be displayed.

    • "Making It Fresh" with Reed Bye, Core Associate Professor, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

      A review of qualities of good writing promoted through the history of the Kerouac School. We will discuss these, look at a few examples, and do some writing holding them as ongoing references for a daily practice.

School receptions with faculty from the five Schools and various academic departments. Reconnect with friends and mentors. 

A Naropa Birthday Gala with music from the band Intuit, food, friends, and dancing at Nalanda Events Center, Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. *Space is limited. Register in advance!

IntuitIntuit, a band made up of Naropa alumni based in Boulder, inspires movement in the body, the soul, and society. Inspired by love for the earth and all her creatures, the music creates a space where individuals and communities can grow. Formed when heart -centered paths converged at Naropa University in 2011, their stylistic approach to both music and life is diverse but the heart of their sound is one.
The band draws from reggae, funk, jazz, blues, hip-hop, folk, and world music to create a lively and original sound. With heart-warming lulls, energetic peaks, and endless stylistic shape–shifting, Intuit delivers a captivating groove that all can enjoy 

Sunday, October 12

Contemplative GolfPhoto by James Gimian.
Used by permission

Naropa Golf Tournament, Indian Peaks Golf Course, 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette. 
Learn More and Register

Alumni Service Projects, participate in a service project with your peers in honor of Naropa's 40th Anniversary!

Plus, two special performances of "Warrior Songs": A choral concert from creators Jerry Granelli and Peter-Anthony Togni.

Please contact Melissa Holland if cost is a consideration; there are a limited number of scholarships available.


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Details will be added ongoingly, please check back here for updates. 

If you are interested in volunteering, or being part of the Alumni Committee to help plan and coordinate this exciting weekend, please contact Melissa Holland, Alumni Relations, 303-546-3597.