Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Session

at the 2013 Summer Session

The Eleventh Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

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August 2 – 7, 2015, at Smith College, Northampton, MA
The application period opens in February 2015.

The Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy is an intensive 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 and professionals from all higher education disciplines and offices (e.g. counseling, student affairs, athletics, administration) to apply to participate in the 2015 Summer Session. We seek applicants with a breadth and depth of experience from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, and gender identity; types of institutions; and disciplines and positions in higher education. We will begin accepting applications in February 2015.


Information on the 2014 Summer Session:
Costs | Accommodations & Meals | 2014 Summer Session Faculty
(please note: costs and accommodations for the 2015 session are yet to be announced.)

Contemplative practice sessions led by faculty members were a core experience during the week-long session, offering participants a chance to explore a variety of practices and learn methods for incorporating them into college classrooms and campuses. Participants also had the opportunity to engage in daily contemplative movement sessions in the form of yoga and Authentic Movement.

During faculty-led presentations and small-group discussions, we explored the rationale for contemplative approaches and how to communicate with students and colleagues about their inclusion. The 2014 Summer Session included sessions on the use of contemplative practices to cultivate awareness and compassion in students; contemplative arts in the classroom; and the relationship between contemplative methods and social, cultural, and racial identity. Workshop times were also available for faculty and staff from related disciplines or campus departments to connect and share ideas for developing curricula or campus-wide programs.


at the Summer Session

2014 Costs

$975 with meals and accommodations at Smith College
$625 for commuters (includes lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday)
ACMHE members receive a $50 discount and financial aid will be available.

2014 Accommodations & Meals

We occupy Chapin House and Lamont House on the Smith College campus.

Chapin HouseChapin House is a one-hundred-year-old (but more 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.

Lamont HouseLamont House is located just across the street from the Campus Center, with the Lamont Dining Room located downstairs. Built in 1955, Lamont House is one of the newer buildings on campus.

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 the 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 the recently renovated Lamont House Dining Room on Prospect Street across from John M. Greene Hall.

A map of Smith College is available at

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Palmer, Program Associate and Events Coordinator, at or at 413-582-0071.

2014 Summer Session 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. His latest book (co-written with Mirabai Bush), Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning, was released in 2013 by Jossey-Bass.

Anne Beffel is an artist and a Professor at Michigan Technological University. As an artist, she offers opportunities to project participants to pay attention to their surroundings and one another. Since earning degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, and participating in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Studio Program in New York City she has worked within contexts as diverse as the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan; Saint John’s Benedictine monastery in rural Minnesota; and New York Downtown Hospital and surrounding streets, offices, and community centers. Her most recent projects have been at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York; the Gandhi statue in Union Square, New York; and Occidental Square Park in Seattle, Washington. Currently she is at work on a project at the intersection of kindness and color.
B. Grace Bullock, PhD is a scientist-practitioner with extensive experience in implementation science and clinical intervention in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. She has served as an Investigator on a number of large, NIH-funded, longitudinal implementation trials, and has managed large, multidisciplinary teams for over 20 years. She is keenly interested in dynamic interface between evidence-based psychotherapy, affective neuroscience and contemplative education and practice. Grace specializes in the development of observational and audio-based coding systems, most notably the widely used Family Affective Attitude Rating Scale (FAARS). She has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and journal articles, and has presented extensively at national and international scientific conferences. She is a Senior Research Scientist at the Mind and Life Institute, Contributing Editor for Research at YogaU Online, faculty at Integrated Health Yoga Therapy, and the former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
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. Her latest book, co-written with Daniel Barbezat, is Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning.

Bradford C. Grant, Professor of the School of Architecture and Design at Howard University, is a registered architect with extensive experience in urban and community design, universal design, contemplative practices in design education and social, cultural and ethical factors in architecture. His community design work, research on the role of African American architects and his teaching on “Drawing as Meditation” has earned him the Universal Design Education Award, the Virginia Downtown Development Association Award, AIA Education Honor Award, the AIA Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement and the Contemplative Practice fellowship.

Grant is past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) liaison to the board of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), member of the Fetzer Institute’s Advisory Council on the Design Professions, board member of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Chairperson of the Humanities Council of the District of Columbia. He is involved in research and practice of physical accessibility and health disparities in architecture and community design. He has taught in interdisciplinary settings including Ethnic Studies, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Architecture Departments. He completed his graduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley, CA and undergraduate first professional degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Frank Grindrod, Wilderness Guide and Instructor, is the founder of Earthwork Programs and, since 1999, has been dedicated to teaching earth skills such as nature awareness, tracking, wilderness living skills and earth philosophy. He is a graduate of Greenfield Community College’s nationally-recognized Outdoor Leadership Program. Frank continues his education through studies with Tom Brown, Jon Young, Paul Rezendes and others. He has been trained as a Wilderness First Responder.

As a certified facilitator for the Nurtured Heart Approach, Frank has trained with national trainers, including Gabrielli Lachiara, LSW, Lisa Bravo, Tom Grove and Howard Glasser, MA. He is recognized as an advanced trainer and coach with energy parenting and Howard Glasser’s The Inner Wealth Initiative and the Children’s Success Foundation.

Frank is currently working as the lead facilitator of wilderness education programs and the Nurtured Heart Approach, as well as consulting for camps, museums, conferences, schools and environmental education centers throughout New England.

Katja Hahn d’Errico is Adjunct Professor of Social Justice Education and Faculty Director of the IMPACT! Service Learning Residential Academic Program in the Community Engagement and Service Learning Program (CESL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A retired administrator with 20 years of experience teaching collective and cooperative business practices to undergraduate students, in addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member with SJE, Dr. Hahn d’Errico is currently on faculty with Commonwealth College, where she focuses on undergraduate service learning. She has taught EDUC 691E Social Justice Issues in Education and offers a 1 credit seminar (692Q) in which students explore theory and connections between social justice work, religion and spirituality in an experiential setting. She co-authored two chapters in Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2007) and contributed a chapter in Transforming Campus Life (2001).
James McNaughton founded Adventure In/Adventure Out in 1995 to bring about his vision of connecting people more deeply with the natural wonders of the Connecticut River Valley area, the community of people that surround them and to themselves.

He is a ‘95 graduate of Greenfield Community College’s Outdoor Leadership Program. He has continued his passion for learning about the natural world with time spent tracking with Paul Rezendes, Sue Morse’s Keeping Track program, White Pine Program’s Tracking Apprenticeship, as well as dozens of other workshops and intensives. In 2011, James received a New England Track and Sign Level 3 certification from the Cybertracker Evaluation. James authored a newspaper column, “The Great Outdoors” which was published in four local papers, and then published his own newspaper, “The Outsider.” He is also the author of a hiking and canoeing guide for The Chicopee River Watershed Council. He completed The New Warrior Training with the Mankind Project and was a facilitator for “The Mythic Warrior” men’s empowerment training intensive. He is also a trained life coach through the Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching, and a recent volunteer and steering committee member of Boys to Men.

His passion for reading, learning and mentoring often finds him sitting by the fire with a good book, wandering the local woods, rivers and wetlands alongside peers, students, family and friends.

Rose M. Milligan, PhD is a socio-cultural anthropologist, Program Officer and State Coordinator of various foundation-sponsored programs at the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. She acquired thirteen years of experience in social change philanthropy as the former Director of Programs at the Peace Development Fund. As Director of the Social Justice Program at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and co-director of c-Integral, Inc., she organized opportunities in workshop and retreat settings for grassroots social change community leaders to explore and discover the qualities of a transformative leader and how to achieve it through contemplative practices. She is an educator, and since 1995 has facilitated numerous workshops in self-analysis, leadership development and building self-esteem for African, Latino, Arab, Cape Verdean and Asian students on university campuses. Rose has studied and practiced the Afro-Cuban Yorùbá-derived Lùkùmí faith since 1992 and received full priesthood ordination in 1997.
Anna Neiman Passalacqua‘s earliest memories date back to practicing yoga with her mom and the Siddha Yoga community. In her 20s she circled back to her yoga roots and discovered the power of a daily practice. Anna became certified in the Prana Yoga and Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga methods. She is a devoted student and teacher inspired by the transforming qualities of yoga. She creates a supportive space for people of all sizes and abilities to align the body, open the breath, and calm the mind. In addition to teaching group yoga classes, make lifelong change. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, Anna is the co-author of the 12 video series “At Home with Peaceful Weight Loss” and is also the co-director of Breathing Deeply with her husband Brandt. She was formerly an executive assistant at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
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.


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


Summer Session 2013


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