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The Naropa Event 2018

The Naropa Event

February 10, 2018 - 6pm
Fundraising event for student scholarships 

We are SOLD OUT - please email if you'd like to be added to our waitlist. 

An exciting gala with artistic expression, music, poetry, a silent and live auction and delicious food! 100% of the proceeds to benefit Naropa students through scholarships.

For general information, contact 303-546-3595
Location: 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80301


6pm - Registration, Silent Auction, Art, Poetry, Music

7pm - Dinner and Program

8pm - Live Auction


Catering by Spice of Life 


INVOLTINI  thinly sliced zucchini with basil, oven-roasted tomato, and fresh mozzarella
CRAB CAKES served with remoulade sauce
FRUIT SKEWERS with yogurt orange coconut dipping sauce
la clare chandoka, willow river smoked gouda, salemville amish blue, assorted crackers and fruit
CARAMELIZED BUTTERNUT SQUASH DIP served with seasoned pita chips
EDAMAME HUMMUS served with pita chips
ROASTED BEET DIP served with seasoned pita chips, crackers, and gluten free crackers


ARUGULA SALAD with kabocha squash croutons, red quinoa and toasted shiitake mushrooms
served with balsamic vinaigrette


ROASTED ROLL CUT CARROTS with fennel (gluten free)
ROASTED FINGERLING POTATOES rosemary, thyme, butter (gluten free)
VEGETABLE NAPOLEON zucchini, chioggia beets, portobello mushrooms (vegan)
KOREAN STYLE BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS pickled slaw and Korean bbq sauce


CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES double dipped in white & dark chocolates
VANILLA FINANCIERS petite french almond flour cakes (gluten free)
CHOCOLATE FINANCIERS petite french almond flour cakes with chocolate ganache (gluten free)
ASSORTED CELESTIAL SEASONINGS TEAS served with lemon, honey and sweeteners


Become a Sponsor Today!

We invite you to become a sponsor of The Naropa Event 2018!  As a sponsor you will be recognized in person and in print for your commitment to making the world a better place through direct support of our students on their important educational journeys. For details about sponsorship contact or 303-245-4776.  

Thank you to our sponsors:


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Windhorse AwardS for Community Service


In the Shambhala tradition, the practice of raising Windhorse opens the heart and refreshes one's confidence. It is a way to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur. We have chosen the name of the award to recognize honorees commitment to social engagement in our local community. Through this name we also honor the pioneering vision and powerful impact of Windhorse Community Services who have provided life-changing mental health services in the Boulder community since 1990. This award will be given at The Naropa Event every other year and will recognize social engagement in areas such as health and wellbeing, arts, social justice, sustainability and resilience.

We'll use the opportunity of The Naropa Event to recognize and celebrate recipients of the Windhorse Award for Community Service. In 2018 we are recognizing six amazing individuals and two community organizations who’ve contributed the health and wellbeing of the Boulder community:

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Diane Israel graduated from Naropa’s MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program in 1991. She is currently a psychotherapist, an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology, and she serves on the Board of Trustees. Diane provides mental health services and trains those who will go on to serve even more members of the community.


joy headshotJoy Redstone
 is an artist, the Director of Naropa Community Counseling, an adjunct faculty member and clinical supervisor in the Naropa in the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology, and an adjunct at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. She served as the Executive Director of Bridge House from 2003-2011 supporting homeless and low income adults. Joy tends to the heart of our community as a fierce advocate for the vulnerable and as a mentor for future mental health providers.

regina headshotRegina Smith is a poet, activist, the Director of the Office for Inclusive Community and an Adjunct Faculty Member. “With an MFA in Poetry, and an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy, her training allows her to bridge the mechanics of the mind with the intricacy of the heart.” Regina contributes to the wellbeing of the community by bringing awareness, compassion and honesty to her work as an advocate for a more welcoming and inclusive society.


robert headshotRobert Spellman is the Chair, Visual Arts; Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Performing Arts; and Religious Studies Core Faculty. He is also an artist and co-founder of Mountain Water, an artist's retreat in the wilds of southern Colorado. Robert supports wellbeing as an artist and meditation instructor and guide for mindful artists.



kristen headshotKirsten Wilson graduated from Naropa’s MFA in Contemporary Performance program in 2006 and has contributed to the artistic wellbeing of the community ever since as the founder and artistic director of Motus Theater, an organization whose mission is to use original theater to support community conversation on critical issues.



Israel imageDale Asrael received her MA in Contemplative Ed from Naropa in 2008. She is Core Faculty in a number of Naropa programs. She is also an Acharya and Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala, tending to the spiritual health and wellbeing of our community.




windhorse logoWindhorse Community Services has been providing mental health services in Boulder since 1990. The Windhorse therapeutic approach was developed in 1981 by Chogyam Trungpa and Dr. Edward Podvoll. It is based on the Buddhist understanding of fundamental sanity and the inseparability of one’s entire life from one’s environment, while integrating applicable Western psychology.

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Queer Asterisk, founded by Naropa graduates, provides a variety of therapeutic services for LGBTQPIA folx who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer/questioning, pan, intersex, agender/asexual or non-conforming and their allies. Queer Asterisk also offers diversity and inclusivity trainings for organizations.


Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. 
Please contact Danielle Mason at 303-546-3595 or to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

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