Chris is a co-founder of The Contemplative Educator. He is an artist, musician and educator. For nearly 3 decades, he has used contemplative practices to deepen the learning experience for students of all ages from kindergartners to seniors. He has developed and taught a wide variety of curricula from outdoor wilderness education and traditional herbal medicine to classroom based art and music programs. He’s studied with indigenous teachers, contemplative masters from a number of traditions and for eight years taught world music in the InterArts department at Naropa University. For the past 17 years he has taught music, art and multimedia classes at the University Laboratory School to students of every grade level. He also helps coordinate the implementation of the school’s SEL curricula. He is a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator incorporating the principles of appreciative inquiry into his classrooms and collaborative projects.
He is longtime practitioner of mindfulness meditation and, since 1990, has regularly participated in group and solitary retreats. He trained with Belgian pioneer Pat Patfoort in non-violent communication and conflict resolution, is a practitioner of similar material developed by Marshall Rosenberg (NVC) and from this work, created and taught an integrated 6th grade peace studies/art program.
He studied music and visual art at Naropa University, has a masters degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a post-baccalaureate degree in education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
He is a curious lifelong learner and continues to study, practice and learn new things daily. You can find on-going examples of his art and music at www.czorn.net. Currently, he is co-writing a book with Laurie Faure about contemplative education in primary and secondary classrooms.