Contemplative Golf
Photo by James Gimian. Used by permission

Naropa University's Mindful Golf Open

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Breakfast 8:00 a.m. // Tee time 9:00 a.m.

Indian Peaks Golf Course, 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette, CO 80026

Individual Entry $125; Team of Four Entry $440.
Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, shared cart, range balls, breakfast, lunch, prizes and more!
Registration now closed.

Naropa University invites you to join us for the Mindful Golf Open, Sunday, October 12, 2014, in celebration of our 40th Anniversary and in support of a contemplative approach to higher education! With help from special guests Dr. Joe Parent, PGA Tour Educator and author of Zen Golf, and Ed Hanczaryk, Zen Golf instructor named a Top 50 Teacher in Canada, we hope to foster a mindful approach to golf for all participants.

Mindfulness opportunities include: option for coaching and pointers from our guest instructors during warm-up; "silent" holes and "one club allowed" holes; optional golf clinic with Ed Hanczaryk; "Zen & Golf" remarks by Dr. Joe Parent at lunch. 

We welcome community participants as well as members of the Naropa community to join us on the green, benefiting the Naropa University Scholarship Fund.


8:00 a.m.: Continental breakfast served; warm-up with range balls (provided); one-on-one time with special guests Dr. Joe Parent and Ed Hanczaryk as they walk the line during warm-up. 

9:00 a.m.: Golf Tournament play begins.

1:00 p.m. (approximately): Buffet lunch served. Luncheon program includes presentation of awards and Dr. Joe Parent speaking on "Zen Golf and Shambhala Golf".

2:00 p.m. (approximately): "Awareness Golf" clinic led by Ed Hanczaryk, focusing on meditation-in-action training. 

Special Guests

Listen to an interview with Dr. Joe Parent and Jeff Price, Mindful Golf Open co-chair. 

Dr. Joe ParentDr. Joe Parent has taught Performance Psychology for golf, business, and life for over 30 years. As a distinguished PGA TOUR and LPGA Sports Psychologist/Instructor, he has worked with many major champions and other top professionals. Dr. Parent has the singular distinction of coaching both a man (Vijay Singh) and a woman (Cristie Kerr) to #1 in the World Golf Ranking. Golf Digest Magazine named Dr. Parent to their list of "Top Ten Mental Game Experts."

In the 1970s, Dr. Parent studied and practiced Buddhism under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa and Ösel Tendzin. After completing his Ph.D. in psychology, he began bringing his insights to golf and business. Since then he has become a renowned and sought-after instructor of the mental game to thousands of golfers of all levels (from top professionals to beginning amateurs), athletes in many other sports, and top executives seeking cutting-edge business perspectives.

His breakthrough book, the national best-seller Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game (Doubleday 2002), was the first to introduce mindfulness practice as the foundation for excellence in golf. Reviewers say, “Here is a book that is highly original and exciting, destined to become a classic. Dr. Parent is a groundbreaking writer in golf instruction.” His books have sold a half-million copies in print, audio, and digital formats world-wide in ten different languages. For more information, visit

Ed Hanczaryk Ed Hanczaryk was first photographed with a golf club in his hands at age three. His lifelong love of the game led him to join the Professional Golfer's Association in 1979, and culminated in his being named as one of Canada's top 50 teachers, and the top teacher in Eastern Canada four years in a row. Teaching assignments have included four months in The Kingdom of Bhutan, Valderrama in Spain, Lake Valley in Boulder, Fox Harb'r in Nova Scotia, and TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville Florida.

In 1974, Ed attended the first sessions of Naropa, and began meditating during that time. Before he and his wife Donna were to leave Boulder for Jacksonville, Naropa's founder Trungpa Rinpoche, gave Ed the verbal instructions, to `always teach Awareness'. He has been trying to do that ever since. Ed is presently writing a book about his lifelong study of the unique relationship between meditation and golf, titled Quiet Mind, Dynamic Swing. For more information, visit

We invite you to join us as a sponsor for this event by choosing from one of our Sponsorship Opportunity Levels and/or supporting us through donations of various prizes and gift items. By being a sponsor or a donor, you will be promoting your organization to a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating in the Golf Tournament itself. Get Sponsorship and Donor Information here. Please contact Andrea Auguiste, or 303-546-3594.