Our Programs

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s programs and initiatives reflect our vision of post-secondary education as an integrative, transformative, and communal enterprise that is open and inclusive of all backgrounds, cultivating each person in the fullest possible way.

By supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives, we seek 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.

If you share our mission and care deeply about the future of higher education as a force for social change, please consider demonstrating your support by giving to the Center.

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, the ACMHE connects hundreds of members. Learn more.

at the 2010 ACMHE Conference

ACMHE Conferences

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) has convened conferences 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 retreats are designed to cultivate capacities central to teaching and learning–focused attention, kindness and compassion, and contemplative inquiry–balancing silence and discussion of contemplative pedagogy. Learn more.

Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Sessions

The Summer Session prepares higher education professionals to return to their institutions with a deeper understanding of the integration of contemplative practices in academic settings. Participants, representing a full range of disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and administrative perspectives, devote an intensive week to investigation, reflection, writing, and discussion. Learn more.

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.


The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (ISSN: 2333-7281) promotes the understanding, development, and application of contemplative methods, serving a vision of higher education as an opportunity for cultivating personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, values, and engaged action. We invite authors from any discipline or office in academe to submit original, unpublished writing. Learn more.