Clarissa Cigrand, PhD, LPC, is an Assistant Professor at Naropa University in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program. She specializes in counselor development and pedagogy. Her research interests include contemplative pedagogy, teaching presence, contemplative epistemology, and using contemplative methods to develop greater levels of liberatory consciousness. She is passionate about expanding upon conventional ways of knowing; for her, this includes drumming, dancing, meditation, ritual, dialogue, interbeing, scholastic study, and finding stillness in nature.