Posted on Jan 25, 2013

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Ninth Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

August 4, 2013 - August 9, 2013

| $600 - $950

Ninth Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

August 4-9, 2013
Smith College, Northampton, MA

$950 for the residential program (includes meals and accommodations at Smith College)
$600 for commuters (includes lunch and dinner Sunday – Thursday).
ACMHE Members will receive a $50 discount on registration fees.

Sorry, the application deadline has passed.

Applications accepted online March 1 – May 1, 2013.

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The Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy is an intense week-long investigation led by pioneers in contemplative education. It prepares higher education professionals with resources to support innovation in curriculum development, course design and the incorporation of contemplative awareness and practice within all aspects of higher education.

We invite educators from all disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives in arts, humanities, sciences, humanities-related sciences, and social sciences, and higher education professionals in mental health, counseling and administrative offices to apply.

There will be sessions on the design principles of contemplative pedagogy; the relation between course content and contemplative practice; and the benefits of stabilized attention and other qualities of mind fostered by contemplative exercises. We will explore the rationale for contemplative approaches and how to communicate with students and colleagues about their inclusion. Practical issues such as evaluation and grading will also be considered.

Each day will also include contemplative practice sessions, and will introduce a variety of practices that have been adapted successfully for secular educational settings.

2013 Faculty

Daniel Barbezat is Professor of Economics at Amherst College and Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Over the past decade, he has become interested in how self-awareness and introspection can be used in post-secondary education, economic decision-making and creating and sustaining well-being. With the support of a Contemplative Practice Fellowship in 2008, he has developed courses that integrate contemplative exercises designed to enable students to gain deeper understanding and insight. His approach to these economic classes has been featured in the Boston Globe, the U.S. News & World Report, as well as on the NPR program “Here & Now.”

Along with experimental research on choice and awareness, he is currently editing a group of papers on examples of contemplative pedagogy across the disciplines with Arthur Zajonc, co-writing a book with Mirabai Bush on contemplative pedagogy, and writing a book entitled Wanting.

Mirabai Bush was a co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as Executive Director until 2008. Under her direction, The Center developed its programs in education, law, business, and activism and its network of thousands of people integrating contemplative practice and perspective into their lives and work.

Mirabai holds a unique background of organizational management, teaching, and spiritual practice. A founding board member of the Seva Foundation, an international public health organization, she directed the Seva Guatemala Project, which supports sustainable agriculture and integrated community development. Also at Seva, she co-developed Sustaining Compassion, Sustaining the Earth, a series of retreats and events for grassroots environmental activists on the interconnection of spirit and action. She is co-author, with Ram Dass, of Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service. She is editor of Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live.

Yin Mei is director, dancer, choreographer and Professor of Dance in the Drama, Theater and Dance department at Queen’s College, CUNY where she has twice received the college’s Presidential Research Award for her choreography and four times received a QC Innovative Teaching Award for developing original course offerings. As a director, choreographer, and performance/visual artist, Yin Mei is also known for producing category-defying works that bridge geographic, technological, artistic, and cultural divides to create a unique brand of contemporary dance theater. Her choreography has been presented at leading national and international dance venues, and she has collaborated with an array of important visual artists, composers, and performers. Through her company, Yin Mei Dance, she now choreographs and performs her contemporary work worldwide.
David Levy is Professor at the Information School, University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University and a diploma in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London. For over 15 years he was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, exploring the transition from paper and print to digital media. At the University of Washington since 2000, he focuses on bringing mindfulness training and other contemplative practices to address problems of information overload and acceleration.
Vaishali Mamgain Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Southern Maine. Her research interests include immigrant issues, contemplative pedagogy, and behavioral economics. She teaches microeconomics theory and classes such as Economics and Happiness and The Political Economy of Food in which she incorporates practices such as mindfulness meditation. Her work “Ethical Consciousness in the Classroom: How Buddhist Practices Can Help Develop Empathy and Compassion,” was recently published in the Journal of Transformative Education.
Paula Sager has a degree in dance from Bennington College, is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and has practiced Authentic Movement for more than 20 years. In 1993, she co-founded and served, until 2006, as editor and writer for A Moving Journal, an international publication devoted to Authentic Movement. Working closely with mentors, Arthur Zajonc and Janet Adler, Paula has conducted research on the phenomenon of witness consciousness in the development of the individual.

Her long-time teaching practice focuses on the role of movement and sensory awareness in supporting cognition, creativity, and presence in a wide range of professional fields. Paula is a co-founder and president of The Mariposa Center, a non-profit organization that incorporates contemplative approaches to the teaching of early childhood education. Mariposa is one of the first state-wide program providers in Rhode Island to offer public Pre-K through the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Arthur Zajonc is the president of the Mind & Life Institute. He was until 2012 Professor of Physics at Amherst College and the director of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

His research has included studies in electron-atom physics, parity violation in atoms, quantum optics, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between science, the humanities, and the contemplative traditions. He is author or editor of eight books including: Catching the Light (Oxford UP, 1995), The Quantum Challenge (Jones & Bartlettt, 2nd ed. 2006), Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love, and with Parker Palmer, The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal.


Accommodations & Meals

Chapin HouseWe occupy Chapin House on the central campus of Smith College. Chapin House is a one-hundred-year-old (but recently renovated, and air-conditioned) dorm centrally located on campus across from the student center and overlooking the gardens of Lyman Plant House and Paradise Pond.

All rooms are singles, but in dormitory style bathrooms are shared. Each floor has one large bathroom; women and men will stay on different floors. There is wireless internet access in each room. Wireless access is also available in some locations including nearby Neilson Library and the Student Center. There are coin-operated laundry facilities on the first floor of Chapin House.

Lamont Dining HallMeals from dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Friday will be at Lamont House on Prospect Street across from John M. Greene Hall.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at or at 413-582-0071.


August 4, 2013
August 9, 2013
$600 - $950
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