Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions (Housing Registration for Naropa Students)

Jenny Bondurant and Valerie Lorig

May 15–19, 2019


Intense emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear can either trap us in struggles or open us to the direct experience of awakening. This retreat presents techniques to expose core belief structures that perpetuate emotional confusion and meditation practices that foster clarity and insight. Revealing that even the most painful emotions offer us an opportunity to develop genuine compassion, these practices also give us a glimpse of the pure energy that is the essence of emotion. We will have daily contemplative movement and dharma art practices to explore what it means to trust our emotions.

Please note:

  • This program ends at 5 p.m. on the final day. The SMC shuttle service is only available the following morning. Please book an additional night if you plan to book travel assistance.
  • This retreat will be held at the Red Feather campus.
  • This registration page is for Naropa students who are taking this course for college credit. Students taking the course not-for-credit and non-students can register HERE.


Jenny Bondurant

Jenny Bondurant has been a dharma teacher for 30 years, both in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and in the tradition of Anam Thubten from whom she received ordination as a teacher.  An adjunct faculty member in the Contemplative Psychology Department at Naropa University, she leads retreats on Maitri Space Awareness and working with the energy of the emotions. www.jennybondurant.com




Valerie Lorig

Valerie Lorig, M.Ed, LPC, has practiced and taught Buddhism for over 30 years. A faculty member at Naropa University in the Contemplative Psychology Department, she integrates meditative disciplines with contemplative psychology. Naropa’s founder, Trungpa Rinpoche, empowered her as a holder of the feminine principle. She utilizes this training by teaching experientially as well as intellectually. Valerie has a psychotherapy practice at Auspicious Coincidence Counseling in Boulder, Colorado, using Mindfulness and Awareness, Hakomi, EMDR, Brainspotting, and PACT to help clients connect with their innate goodness. Earlier in her career she was the art director for Silver Wave Records and designed CD art for Grammy award-winning Native American musicians.

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