Naropa University Reviews
For students who may not fit in to the traditional classroom setting, Naropa University offers contemplative education degrees at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels... I transferred to Naropa from a music school, and finished my final two years there, which has greatly helped me understand how I learn and integrate wisdom at a much deeper level than a more traditional school. Teachers and mentors are greatly supportive, wanting each student to reach their highest potential, and in my experience the school is behind you for whatever you want to see happen in your degree program. I studied Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Music, Performing Arts and Peace Studies, where I finished my degree with a thesis paper as well as a performance project. I am still connected with the school three years later, and love participating in Naropa events. Since I've graduated, I've led a more mindful and contemplative life, as well as had the skill and self reflection to guide my career in the direction of my dreams. I'd highly recommend this school!
Naropa University helps their students connect with their inner wisdom, and figure out how they can contribute to the world that surrounds them. They are a Buddhist inspired university that integrates mindfulness and meditation into their curriculum so their students graduate with a well rounded view of the particular subject they are studying. As a psychology major, I feel better prepaid to help clients of all cultures since diversity, social justice, and many forms of therapeutic approaches are taught here. The teachers are extremely inspiring, and the class sizes are small so you won't feel like just a number to your teachers. Although Naropa University is a private university, they do offer scholarship and grants, and the financial aid department is amazing! I feel such a great sense of community here, and it is great to be a part of a school that lets you make mistakes, and question the paradigms of our culture/society.
I have been very happy with my Naropa experience. The method of instruction at Naropa is very unique, encouraging deep discussion and engagement with the material we are learning. The contemplative focus at Naropa is woven throughout our curriculum and a short meditation typically opens each class, in addition to meditation courses. The Somatic Psychotherapy program emphasizes using the body and its wisdom in the counseling process. Many of our classes have been about how to observe and read the body and how to encourage movement (on the small and large scales) as a therapeutic technique. I am completing the Body Psychotherapy track of the Somatic program, and at times, I have found the program to focus too heavily on dance-movement therapy (this is the other track in the program) for me. I also wish we would have more course content about health and how the health of the body (nutrition, exercise, etc.) intertwines with body psychotherapy. I also understand the Somatic program to focus less heavily on spirituality than the Contemplative or Transpersonal Psychology programs, but I have been told the Somatic program is more academically rigorous. Overall, I would definitely recommend Naropa and the Somatic program. Within our program specifically, there are quite a few faculty shifts happening, which will affect the feel of the program in the future. However, these shifts appear to be positive and helpful thus far.