Our Programs

The Center supports the development of the contemplative dimension of teaching, learning and knowing in higher education.

Our current initiatives:


The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)

A professional membership association for educators and academic professionals committed to the recovery and development of contemplation in the academy. A valuable resource for the growing contemplative education movement, it connects hundreds of members, convenes an annual conference, and publishes a newsletter of member activities. Learn more.


at the 2010 ACMHE Conference

ACMHE Conferences

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) has convened conferences at Amherst College in Amherst, MA, annually since 2009. Contributed sessions, poster sessions, plenary speakers, panels, and performances support a rich and vital exchange of ideas. Learn more.


Contemplative Retreats for Educators

The use of contemplative and introspective practices in any context in higher education requires a deep, personal knowledge of the practices. Our┬áretreats are designed to cultivate capacities central to teaching and learning–focused attention, kindness and compassion, and contemplative inquiry–balancing silence and discussion of┬ácontemplative pedagogy. Learn more.


Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Sessions

The Summer Session prepares educators to return to their classrooms with a deeper understanding of the practice of contemplative teaching. Participants, representing a full range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives, devote an intense week to investigation, reflection, writing, and discussion, guided by distinguished scholars who have developed courses integrating contemplative approaches. Learn more.


Contemplative Mind-1440 Teaching and Learning Center Grants

A new initiative to support faculty and staff development through seed grants to selected Teaching and Learning Centers. Teaching and Learning Centers effectively reach across the curriculum and are ideally placed to collect and assess the outcomes of the implementation of contemplative pedagogies, an area that is currently underdeveloped. Learn more.