JUNE 2015
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June 11-14, 2015
Seattle/Tacoma, WA
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June 14 - July 11, 2015
Arapahoe Campus

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Your gift to the Annual Fund is truly your gift to the world as the students you support take the tools, experiences, and contemplative approaches with them as they enter the world beyond Naropa, recognizing their potential as leaders, healers, disrupters, and citizens. Your gift is an investment in the future of Naropa. Make your gift online today!


Alumni Entrepreneurs: Tell us about your Business


Do you own your own business? Tell us about

it! We know there are a lot of entrepreneurs that make their way through Naropa and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations is looking to connect with you. Send an email to [email protected] and include your business name, contact info, and a brief description of the work you do. We're excited to explore ways we may be able to partner with you and your business in the future!


Apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

As a Naropa alum with a Bachelor or Master's level degree, you can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program through Naropa which provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. The deadline for the next round of applications is September 15, 2015. Contact Jason M. Davis with questions or for more information about this opportunity!


Save the Date for The Naropa Event

You're invited to Naropa's biggest fundraising event of the year! The Naropa Event will be taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Boulder, CO. Enjoy an evening of fun, food, dancing, and fundraising for Naropa University. More details coming soon. Save the Date!

Alumni Events
Alumni Sharing Knowledge:
"Vocal Wisdom" with Heidi Carter, MA '01
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.- MST
Join us online from anywhere!

What does a healthy voice look like? Vocal Wisdom is about learning how to improve posture, breathing, listening and communication skills. The tools are very accessible and can be used for life. Join us for this free online webinar to explore a holistic picture of how the human voice ages as it relates to posture, breathing, listening, articulation and communication. Learn more and RSVP.


Naropa Garden Party in Seattle, WA
Saturday, June 27, 2015
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Home of Alumnus Rex Maruca

Join Naropa alumni and friends and President Chuck Lief for an afternoon of connection and conversation in the garden of Rex Maruca, Advanced Movement Studies class of '81As Naropa envisions its future, please come share your story and your voice. Guests are welcome. Space is limited, RSVP in advance. 

Alumni Sharing Knowledge:  
"Reinvent Your Healthcare with Essential Oils" with Brendan Klosterman, BA '06
Thursday, July 9, 2015
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.- MST
Join us online from anywhere!
This webinar will empower you to be able to support you and your family's physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness through safe, effective, and inexpensive essential oils that have no side effects or addictive qualities.

Learn more and RSVP.


Denver Naropa Alumni Gathering: Meditation, Connection and Fun

Saturday, July 11, 2015
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Shambhala Meditation Center Denver
2305 S Syracuse Way, Unit 214
Denver, CO 80231
*After party with bowling at Punch Bowl Social

Alumni in the Denver Metro area have joined forces to create a group that meets once a month to connect with other Naropa alumni, to catch up, share a Naropa bow and a cup of tea together and utilize some of the fun resources available in the Denver area. Join us for the initial gathering and creation of the group on Saturday July 11 at the Shambala Meditation Center of Denver! 

If you would like to help spearhead the Alumni Group in Denver, please contact Nathan Railla [email protected]  or Lila Ferguson at [email protected]Please RSVP to Nathan or Lila if you would like to attend the event!


Open S P A C E Unconference: Naropa's Department of Contemplative Education Celebrates 25 years!

Friday, July 17- Sunday, July 19, 2015
Naropa University, Arapahoe campus
2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

In 25 years, Contemplative Education has grown in importance across the educational spectrum. Naropa is at the forefront of this vital movement. We plan to gather all of the amazing alumni that are now carrying the seeds of this incredible program forward with the intention of sharing the vast wealth of wisdom and knowledge that has blossomed over the past 25 years! Together we will explore where this journey has taken us and where it will lead in the future! Learn more and register today

Alumni Highlights
John Shields, MA '10, is an LPC, LAC therapist who just earned his EMDR certification. Shields recently celebrated his 5 year anniversary with Aurora Mental Health Center where he works on an adult outpatient capacity. Learn more about Aurora Mental Health Center

Ann Marie Arvoy, MA '00, along with her husband Jerry Arvoy, recently opened Dragonfly Meditation Studio in Mequon, Wisconsin. Two years ago, Arvoy introduced her clients to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which became so popular they wanted to expand the offering to more people. When they opened Dragonfly Meditation Studio on March 2, it became the first secular meditation studio in the North Shore.

Matthew Kerns, MFA '13, was recently featured in B-True Magazine, discussing his work with art and theater. "The key to self expression for me is be true to the work I am making, be humble and gracious to those who witness my work, and have confidence that the work is honest, heartfelt and beautiful." Read more about Kerns' career and inspiration.  


Hugo Carbajal, MFA '04, is making his Marin Theatre Company debut in "The Way West". A new collective member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, he has been an actor for over 15 years. Carbajal is currently adjunct professor of drama at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. Read more about his current project.

Patricia Hasbach, MA '09, was featured in Vogue Magazine discussing her practice as an ecotherapist. The article explores how Hasbach "helps clients feel better by considering their relationships with nature, just as another therapist might focus on relationships with partners or parents." Read the article in Vogue and learn more about Hasbach's work.

Admissions News

Naropa University will be represented at Denver PrideFest this year and we would love it if you could join us. The Naropa tent space is reserved and we will be:

  • Working on a large scale, community art project "We Love You for You!" throughout the two day event
  • Photographing art project participants and sharing many of those photos via Instagram and Twitter #NaropaLoves
  • Handing out lots of fun Naropa swag
  • Meeting festival participants!

Want to join in the fun? Please RSVP to  [email protected], by this Friday, June 5!


Every volunteer who signs up to work a shift at the Naropa booth during PrideFest will receive a #NaropaLoves Diversity t-shirt. 



A Note from
Barbara Dilley

Dear Naropa Community,


For six years I've been writing a book, This Very Moment ~ teaching thinking dancing. It was printed this April and coincides with my retirement. It begins at Naropa University in 1974, that infamous summer, when I taught a class in improvisation/composition during the second session. 


I call Naropa a 'place of convergence'. So many strands of my living come together here.  I started meditation practice, studied Buddhism, and began to explore how to bring mindfulness/awareness into the creative process classroom. Braiding in and out of the handbook are memories and stories about my journey and the influences that shaped the classroom.


You can read excerpts, and buy the book, at barbaradilley.comContact Quarterly, alternative dance magazine, is also selling it. Please send this news along to folks who might be interested.




Barbara Dilley

University Professor (retired)