Katharine Kaufman teaches yoga, meditation, and the movement arts at Naropa University, Studio Be, and the Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center and in Longmont, Colorado. She teaches retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center and she also teaches therapeutic yoga privately.
Katharine studied in India with Pattabhi Jois and Dr. Shankaranayanna Jois. A long time student of Richard Freeman’s, she taught at the Yoga Workshop for 13 years. She has taught numerous people from heart disease patients to advanced Ashtanga practioners from all over the world.
Katharine has choreographed and directed over 40 group and solo works and seven full evening length concerts. She creates work for proscenium stage and specific sites. Her most recent works were for Naropa University’s faculty concert, Altona Grange Hall and Naropa president’s inauguration celebration. She received Pick of the Fringe, award for her 2006 performance piece, danced by Delisa Myles with original sound score collaborated with Toby Sinkson titled, Too Small to Tell at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. She was a member of Mariposa Collective and continues working with her mentor Barbara Dilley integrating embodied meditation with movement and words for performance.
Well practiced in all the major modern dance techniques, Katharine holds a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in choreography and performance. She taught at Colorado State University. She currently teaches Contemplative Dance Practice at Naropa University. Katharine is lay ordained in the Soto Zen tradition by Kobun Chino Roshi. She is also a published poet. Her chap book is titled, What I Spit Out on the World While Trying to Eat Like a Lady. Katharine is a warm and precise senior teacher with a creative flavor and gentle sense of humor.