We envision higher education as an opportunity to cultivate deep personal and social awareness: an exploration of meaning, purpose, and values in service to our common future.

Our Mission

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.

Our Programs

We organize and host retreats, conferences, workshops, and webinars on contemplative methods in higher education, identify and create resources, and connect individuals and organizations through the ACMHE, a professional association for educators.

Contemplative Practices

Contemplative Practices cultivate a critical, first-person focus, sometimes with direct experience as the object, while at other times concentrating on complex ideas or situations. Incorporated into daily life, they act as a reminder to connect to what we find most meaningful.

Recent Blog Posts

Webinar: "Be. Still. Move: Creative Contemplative Movement"

Webinar: "Be. Still. Move: Creative Contemplative Movement"

Using movement, storytelling, and art to discover students’ embodied knowledge, develop a connection to personal body/mind insights, and internalize new...
Challenges and Opportunities in Contemplative Higher Education

Challenges and Opportunities in Contemplative Higher Education

In this webinar, Carolyn Jacobs and Mirabai Bush engage in a dialogue about their experience teaching students in Smith College’s...
Challenging Racism and Oppression in Academia

Challenging Racism and Oppression in Academia

We are witnessing the dawning of a broader awareness of what many of us have lived and known firsthand: that...
Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching

Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching

This webinar explores our intentions for using contemplative practices in higher education, including what matters most to us as instructors,...

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