Past Events

The Blue Pearl: A Research Report on Teaching Mindfulness Practices to College Students

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Blue Pearl: A Research Report on Teaching Mindfulness Practices to College Students

This webinar describes the results of Prof. Deborah J. Haynes’s research with undergraduate students on the efficacy of and their experiences with contemplative pedagogy. Her presentation focuses on conceptual issues raised by her formal human-subject research with students over three years–research that included qualitative feedback from them through narrative exercises and journals, a series of quantitative questionnaires about their experiences, and their own works of art.

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Listening to Our Eyes: Seeing as Meditation

Posted on Feb 4, 2013

Listening to Our Eyes: Seeing as Meditation

This webinar, presented by Bradford C. Grant, Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Design at Howard University, is an exploration of meditative exercises using seeing and drawing and the use of physical and visual environments as a means for understanding and contemplation.

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Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry

A webinar with Daniel Barbezat, Professor of Economics, Amherst College. Prof. Barbezat discusses contemplative pedagogy and the use of introspective exercises in his course, “Consumption and the Pursuit of Happiness.” First-person exercises on this subject are especially poignant for students, as they can directly discover the impact of their own wanting and how it affects their own economic decisions and the markets around them.

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The Mindful Teacher

Posted on Aug 16, 2012

The Mindful Teacher

A webinar with Steven Emmanuel, Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Wesleyan College.

In discussions about contemplative pedagogy a great deal of attention has been devoted to practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom (what we might call “mindfulness-based pedagogy”). The tendency in this approach is to view mindfulness as a type of technology that can be used to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the teaching and learning experience.

While there are many wonderful benefits of this approach, it generally abstracts mindfulness from its historical roots as a practice aimed at moral and spiritual development. The purpose of this presentation is to recover the value of traditional meditation practice as a means of cultivating the capacities or virtues characteristic of the mindful teacher.

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Legal Education as Contemplative, Multicultural Inquiry

Posted on May 7, 2012

Legal Education as Contemplative, Multicultural Inquiry

A webinar with Rhonda Magee, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco.

This webinar examined how we can better develop the cognitive, personal and interpersonal skills necessary to identify and effectively dismantle structures of privilege and subordination in our midst. How can we better learn, work and thrive together in diverse communities as we seek to create a more just world?

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The Neuroscience of Somatic Attention: a key to unlocking a foundational contemplative practice for educators

Posted on Mar 8, 2012

The Neuroscience of Somatic Attention: a key to unlocking a foundational contemplative practice for educators

A webinar with Dr. Catherine Kerr, Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine and Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University. Somatic Attention can be a foundational practice for educators. Empathy, “gut sense,” and improved attention skills are all enhanced by somatic attention practice, especially the somatic attentional components of mindfulness meditation. Dr. Kerr discusses brain mechanisms underlying somatic attention practice and engages in a few brief somatic attention exercises in order to directly “unlock” key practice components related to basic brain processes.

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Sentipensante Pedagogy and Contemplative Practice

Posted on Feb 23, 2012

Sentipensante Pedagogy and Contemplative Practice

Presented by Laura Rendon, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Vijay Kanagala, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas-San Antonio. Sentipensante pedagogy offers a transformative vision of education that emphasizes the harmonic, complementary relationship between the sentir of intuition  and the pensar of intellect and scholarship; between teaching and learning; between formal knowledge and wisdom; and between Western and non-Western ways of knowing.

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The 8th Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

Posted on Feb 14, 2012

The 8th Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

The Summer Session prepares participants to return to their institutions with a deeper understanding of the practice of contemplative pedagogy and methods adapted for classroom and co-curricular use.

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Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet

Posted on Jan 4, 2012

Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet

This Summer Institute aims to develop tools for teaching and researching environmental dilemmas with this broader sensibility in mind.

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Contemplative Pedagogies in Geosciences

Posted on Jan 4, 2012

Contemplative Pedagogies in Geosciences

Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science, Vassar College, gives examples of different types of contemplative practices that she has used in a variety of geoscience courses. Earth science content that has proven suitable for illumination with contemplative techniques includes geologic time, chemical and physical weathering, and characteristics for distinguishing different mineral groups.

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Cultivating the Executive Mind: Is Mindfulness the Key to 21st Century Economic Survival?

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

A webinar with Jeremy Hunter, Assistant Professor, The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. Peter Drucker, the founder of the discipline of modern management, asserted that making knowledge workers productive was the key to economic survival for the developed economies. Though knowledge workers use their minds to make a living, are they ever taught to use their minds more effectively? This webinar discusses the decade-old mindfulness program at the Drucker School of Management designed to teach managers to manage themselves.

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2011 Contemplative Retreat for Educators

Posted on Sep 22, 2011

2011 Contemplative Retreat for Educators

With Arthur Zajonc and Mirabai Bush November 17-20, 2011 at the Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY Fee for ACMHE members: $600 single room/$450 double room Fee for non-members: $650 single room/$500 double room (ACMHE members receive a $50 discount on all ACMHE events. We encourage you to join the ACMHE if you are interested in this retreat; membership dues are on a sliding scale, $35-$115 per year.)  A limited number of spaces are available at a $385 scholarship rate. Our 2011 retreat is designed for secondary school, college and university educators and will offer instruction in a...

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Effective Lawyering: The Meditative Perspective

Posted on Jul 26, 2011

September 8-11, 2011
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

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2011 Mindfulness in Education Conference

Posted on Jul 20, 2011

The Association for Mindfulness in Education is please to announce that registration will soon be open for the 2001 Mindfulness in Education Conference: October 14th-16th, 2011 Menlo Park, CA, 94025 For more information, visit mindfuleducation.org The conference is co-sponsored by the Stanford School of Education, and the Stanford Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2 units of Continuing Education Credits will be available through the Stanford Continuing Studies Department. Keynote  Mirabai Bush – Associate Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind and the Association...

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3rd Annual ACMHE Conference: The Contemplative Campus

Posted on Jul 18, 2011

3rd Annual ACMHE Conference: The Contemplative Campus

November 11-13, 2011 Amherst College, Amherst, MA The conference will focus on contemplative approaches to teaching, learning and knowing taking place campus-wide in institutions of higher education. Contributed papers, a poster session, and artistic presentations as well as plenary speakers, panels and practice sessions will explore the ways that contemplative practices serve higher education. As educators and administrators integrate these practices into classrooms, studios, and co-curricular initiatives, they are learning how they develop greater mindfulness, open heartedness, and...

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7th Contemplative Curriculum Development Summer Session

Posted on Jul 15, 2011

7th Contemplative Curriculum Development Summer Session

August 7 – 12, 2011 Smith College, Northampton, MA The seventh annual Summer Session prepares participants to return to their classrooms with a deeper understanding of the practice of contemplative teaching and a developed course. Summer Session Participants will devote the week to rigorous investigation, reflection, writing, and discussion, guided by distinguished scholars and contemplative teachers who have already developed such courses. Sorry, the application period has ended. We will announce the dates of the 2012 Summer Session as soon as we are able. We invite participants...

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Integrating Trial Advocacy and Mindfulness Theory & Practice

Posted on May 27, 2011

A webinar with David M. Zlotnick, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law. Sponsored by a fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor Zlotnick created a course that explored the potential for mindfulness theory and practice to help aspiring lawyers make a career in trial work more humane and sustainable. In this webinar, he provides some background on how trial advocacy is typically taught in American law schools and walks attendees through the various ways in which mindfulness theory and practice were integrated into the course. This webinar should be of interest to teachers of all kinds of experiential learning, those who teach in professional schools, and those whose courses involve student presentations, as some of the exercises were also designed to ameliorate public speaking anxiety.

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The Contemplative Spirituality of Toni Morrison

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

A webinar with Linda-Susan Beard,
Associate Professor of English, Bryn Mawr College

Lectio divina is an ancient Christian monastic practice associated with more than 1500 years of Benedictine prayer and preparation for prayer. It moves “reading” beyond the search for knowledge to an attentive and interactive appreciation for what rests beneath the text and in our own souls. Though usually used in working with sacred texts, lectio easily adapts itself to a wide variety of meditative approaches to texts–from poems, novels, or cultural critiques to the soul-chilling daily headlines of the local newspaper. This is a method of “reading” that also teaches us how to listen, with the whole self, to what a word or phrase speaks directly to or intimates about our lived experience. Prof. Beard uses this technique in classes on African and African American literatures, especially in a course aptly named “Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure.”

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Contemplative Activism: Meditations Adapted From Tibet to Empower Service and Action

Posted on Feb 25, 2011

A webinar with John Makransky, Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College Wednesday, February 23, 2011 For more information: see FoundationForActiveCompassion.org, with links for Social Service, Social Justice, Dharma Teaching, etc. For workshops, retreats and meditation groups: go to FoundationForActiveCompassion.org, see links for Calendar and Meditation Groups. For a directory of socially engaged Buddhist organizations: Google “Socially Engaged Buddhist Directory” Suggested readings: John Makransky, Awakening through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest...

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Architecti et usus meditatio: Vitruvian Echoes in Contemplative Practice

Posted on Dec 15, 2010

A webinar with Peter Schneider, Professor of Architecture and Chancellor’s Scholar, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver Wednesday, December 1, 2010 This webinar explores the effects of Vitruvius’ 1st century BCE descriptions of meditatio and contemplatio as they ripple through the history of architecture’s practices. Vitruvius’ words establish meditatio–from the Greek medesthai–as the essential mode that the way that architects do their work: the singular practice of attending to what they are doing while they are doing what...

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Contemplative Pedagogy and Deep Listening

Posted on Oct 29, 2010

A webinar with David Haskell, Professor of Biology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN Wednesday, October 27, 2010 This webinar explores the use of contemplative practices in two different classroom contexts: hunger awareness and acoustic openness. Contemplation can provide students with the interior resources to hear both the pain of the world and the world’s beauty. These practices can also give us the groundedness from which to discern how we should respond to world’s problems and joys. David Haskell will discuss the ways in which he has used contemplative practices in...

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Contemplative Neuroscience

Posted on Jul 2, 2010

Contemplative Neuroscience

A webinar with Richard J. Davidson, Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 This webinar provided an introduction to the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience.  This emerging field is harnessing the concepts and methods from the modern study of neuroplasticity and applying them to the alterations that might be produced through contemplative practice.  While the field is in its infancy, there are several promising findings that have emerged that suggest that the regular practice of certain forms of meditation...

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No Time to Think: The American University and its (Anti-) Contemplative Roots

Posted on May 22, 2010

A webinar with David M. Levy, Professor, The Information School, University of Washington Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 David Levy writes, “Ten years ago I moved from a well-known high tech think tank to my first academic job, discovering along the way that the extreme busyness, overload, fragmentation, and acceleration of contemporary culture are just as prevalent within the ivy tower as beyond it. Universities are no place to think, I concluded, any more than hospitals are places to be sick. In this presentation I will explore how this state of affairs has arisen by examining the complex...

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Contemplative Arts and Society

Posted on May 3, 2010

A webinar with Anne Beffel, Associate Professor of Art, Syracuse University Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Anne Beffel is a practicing “public artist” and professor of art at Syracuse University. She creates opportunities for empathetic exchanges through art. As a 2008 Contemplative Practice Fellow she created the course Contemplative Arts and Society to explore the intersection of art, contemplative practice, and social psychology. In our April webinar, Beffel discussed students’ experiences with a number of contemplative and creative art practices in preparation for designing...

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Consciousness-In-Action

Posted on Mar 27, 2010

A webinar with Raúl Quiñones-Rosado, Ph.D. and Rose Sackey-Milligan, Ph.D., Co-Directors, c-Integral Wednesday, March 24, 2010 This presentation provides an overview of consciousness-in-action, c-Integral’s unique approach to personal and social transformation. The presenters introduce some of the key concepts, principles and applications of this transformative path. They also speak to the value of contemplative practice in addressing complex identity and social justice issues for individual and collective liberation from oppression, a necessary stage as we move...

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Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet

A webinar with Paul Wapner, Associate Professor and Director, Global Environmental Politics Program, School of International Service, American University Wednesday, February 24, 2010 How can higher education best address global environmental challenges? How can we equip our students to engage in environmental work, and how can we undertake meaningful scholarship that can actually contribute to global environmental wellbeing?  This webinar will explore these questions through the lens of Contemplative Environmental Studies. Recommended Reading: Paul Wapner, Living Through the End of...

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Visualizing Contemplation

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

A webinar with Joel Upton, Professor of Art History, Amherst College Wednesday, December 9, 2009 A presentation on the expression of contemplation through architecture and the construction of meditative spaces. Upton writes, “Using images and schematic drawings, I will offer an exemplary model that draws on meditative space as one might find it in Japan generally and in the sub-temple of Daisen-in at Daitoku-ji in Kyoto. Although I will give a Japanese name, “ainoma,” to the conceptual reality that informs this space, I will relate this particular visualization of...

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Contemplative Practice in the Science Classroom: Practical approaches to the impractical / Impractical approaches to the practical

Posted on Oct 27, 2009

A webinar with Michelle Francl, 2008 Contemplative Practice Fellow, Professor of Chemistry at Bryn Mawr, and writer for Nature Chemistry. October 22, 2009 Prof. Francl teaches writing and chemistry and embeds contemplative practices into both.  Her courses demonstrate the value of this approach for learning and doing science, where practice provides nascent scientists with another set of ways to reflect on their work in relationship to the larger world.  She explores the use of many practices adapted for classroom use including “stilling” (breath and body awareness),...

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Mindful Shopping: How Smart Consumption Can Benefit Beings

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

A webinar with Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. September 23, 2009 A talk on current developments in consumer-friendly tools that provide greater transparency regarding the health and environmental effects of the manufacturing, packaging and transportation of products. Goleman discussed how changes in consumer behavior and responsibility are necessary for truly sustainable change. This webinar will not be posted online, but a recording is available for single-viewing/classroom use. Please contact Carrie Bergman at carrie@contemplativemind.org for instructions on how to access the...

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Developments in the Field of Contemplative Studies

Posted on May 30, 2009

A webinar with Hal Roth, Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Brown University May 27th, 2009 Roth hosted an hour-long program about the field of Contemplative Studies and the experience of establishing the Contemplative Studies Initiative at Brown. Download the Powerpoint presentation used during the webinar.

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The Science of Meditation

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

A webinar with Al Kaszniak, Professor and Head of Psychology, University of Arizona, and Arthur Zajonc, former Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Professor of Physics, Amherst College March 11, 2009 An hour-long program about current research into the physiological and psychological effects of meditative practices. Download the Powerpoint presentation Read the research report referenced in the webinar, Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research,prepared by Shauna L. Shapiro, Kirk Warren Brown, and John A. Astin. Edited by Maia...

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An Introduction to Contemplative Pedagogy

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

A webinar with Arthur Zajonc, former Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Professor of Physics, Amherst College, and Mirabai Bush, founding Director and current Associate Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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