Annual ACMHE Conference


ACMHE 2017 Fall Conference

at the 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA

October 27 – 29, 2017
Early Bird Rate (ends June 1): $400 / Regular Rate: $450
ACMHE members receive a $50 discount on main conference registration. Financial aid will be available.

Registration through opens soon!

Learn more at the conference website

This year’s conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Organized around the themes of teaching and learning, student affairs, and leadership, the conference will celebrate, and take stock of, the work of CMind over the last two decades, while presenting cutting edge ways contemplative approaches to inquiry and learning can further justice and compassion on college and university campuses and beyond. Through keynote presentations, interactive sessions, and contemplative workshops, participants will explore how diverse contemplative pedagogies and practices can support transformations on multiple levels – self, classroom, organization, community – and invite creative, unconventional approaches to how we imagine and seek to address the many challenges of the 21st century.

Questions we envision exploring at the conference include:

  • How can contemplative education support all members of the academic community from our respective sociocultural positions in cultivating the capacities needed to engage in individual and collaborative inquiry and purposeful, just action?
  • How can contemplative practices deepen our capacities to bear witness to each other’s lived experiences, take accountability for our role in those experiences, and work together to build more compassionate and just communities?
  • How can contemplative approaches help us better understand privilege, unlearn internalized oppression and domination, and work to transform oppressive structures and processes of exclusion on our campuses and beyond?

The conference will take place on the 75-acre campus of the 1440 Foundation Multiversity in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County, California. The setting for the conference, with uplifting gathering spaces and quiet spots for contemplation both indoors and out, provides an ideal context for engaging in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, while exploring and practicing new visions for integrating contemplative practices and approaches to further compassion and justice in higher education and beyond. In bringing together diverse networks of teachers, scholars, administrators, practitioners, students, and community activists, the conference will be a landmark event in furthering a contemplative, socially just educational vision.

About ACMHE Conferences
The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) is an initiative of CMind, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. ACMHE has convened conferences since 2009. The ACMHE conference is an annual interdisciplinary forum for sharing scholarship, practices, and research on contemplative methods in higher education, with an emphasis on fostering compassionate social change. The ACMHE conference schedule emphasizes concurrent sessions led by scholars, researchers, students, and practitioners that demonstrate and investigate how contemplative practices are being used in higher education.

Registration and Call for Proposals coming soon


Past ACMHE Conference Reports

Our 8th conference, Transforming Higher Education: Fostering Contemplative Inquiry, Community, and Social Action, was held at UMass Amherst, October 7-9, 2016. Further information is available at

Our 7th conference, Building Just Communities, was held at Howard University in Washington, D.C., October 8-11, 2015. Further information is available at


Past Conference Programs


2014 Conference Program

2014 Conference:
Intention, Method, and Evaluation (.pdf)


2013 ACMHE Conference Program

2013 Conference:
Integrity of Practice: A Contemplative Vision for Higher Education (.pdf)


2012 Conference:
Contemplative Approaches in the Diverse Academic Community: Inquiry, Connection, Creativity, and Insight (.pdf)


2011 Conference Program

2011 Conference:
The Contemplative Campus (.pdf)


2010 Conference Program

2010 Conference:
The Contemplative Academy (.pdf)


2009 Conference Program

2009 Conference:
The Contemplative Heart of Higher Education (.pdf)


2012 ACMHE Conference Keynote

Contemplating Race, Law, and Justice: Some Notes on Pedagogy for Changing the World
Rhonda V. Magee, Chair of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of San Francisco