Taming the Wild Horse: Awakening the Wisdom of Emotions (Housing Registration for Naropa Students)

Jenny Bondurant, Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei and Shanon Brown

May 21–25, 2020

This program has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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 love, insight, and compassion. 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.
Held within the container of silence, there will be dharma talks, discussion, meditation, dharma art, and contemplative movement to explore what it means to celebrate and trust our emotions.

Please note:

  • This retreat will be held at the Red Feather Campus.  We recommend selecting lodging in a Red Feather Double or the subsidized rate as these options are closest to program activities and meals.
  • This program ends at 5 pm 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 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.

Primary Teacher

Jenny Bondurant

Jenny Bondurant leads workshops and retreats for beginning and experienced meditators.  She has been teaching meditation and working with the energy of emotions for thirty years and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University where she leads retreats for psychology students.  She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in teacher-in-residence at Santa Fe Dharmata. www.jennybondurant.com




Supporting Teachers

Alexandra Shenpen

Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei, has studied Ikebana/Kado through Kalapa Ikebana and the Sogetsu School for over 25 years. She teaches extensively at Naropa University, meditation centers, public venues, and privately.   She is also a psychotherapist in private practice.  She has been appointed a Master Instructor for Kalapa Ikebana, and an Artist to the Court by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche.  She is a Riji of Sogetsu Ikebana.


Sharon Brown

As a counselor, adjunct faculty member at Naropa University, and yoga instructor Sharon Brown brings a unique blend of meditation and body-mind yogic practice as a way of enhancing overall well-being.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2:00–5:00 p.m. on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5:00 p.m. to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5:30 p.m. after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program ends at 5pm 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. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.