Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Session

The Eleventh Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

August 2 – 7, 2015, at Smith College, Northampton, MA
Application Process | Costs | Accommodations & Meals | 2015 Summer Session Faculty

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Applications accepted through Monday, April 6th.

The Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy is an intensive week-long investigation into how contemplative practices support teaching, learning, and engaged action in post-secondary education. Facilitated by a multidisciplinary team of leading academics, 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.

Contemplative practice sessions led by faculty members will be 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 will also have the opportunity to engage in daily contemplative movement sessions in the form of tai chi, yoga, and Authentic Movement.

During faculty-led presentations and small-group discussions, we will explore the rationale for contemplative approaches and how to communicate with students and colleagues about their inclusion. This year’s Summer Session will include sessions on the use of contemplative practices to cultivate awareness and compassion in students; contemplative arts and writing; assessment of contemplative pedagogy and related research; and the relationship between personal inquiry and engaged action.

Last year the Summer Session gathered a group of roughly 110 participants, presenters, and staff. Small breakout groups led by faculty will be held in the afternoons to allow participants to deepen their exploration and understanding of different contemplative methods and practices.

Application Process

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The Summer Session is able to host a limited number of participants. Selections are based on our assessment of the program’s ability to serve your intentions for attending, as stated in your application. Applications will be reviewed after the April 6th deadline, and notifications will be sent out by April 24th.

Costs

$995 with meals and accommodations at Smith College
$635 for commuters (includes lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday)

ACMHE members receive a $50 discount and limited financial aid of up to 50% of the program fee will be available.
An application for financial aid will be available to accepted participants.

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations
This year, residential participants will occupy Cutter-Ziskind House, which is located just across the street from the Campus Center, where all sessions will take place. Built in 1957, this dormitory was renovated in 2014 and is fully air-conditioned. Each room has a large window that runs the width of the room; each room is also equipped with a bed, dresser, closet, and desk. The wings of Cutter and Ziskind come together to form a courtyard.

Residential participants are provided private bedrooms, with shared bathrooms located on each floor.

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Meals
Meals will take place in the Cutter-Ziskind dining room. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for residential participants, and lunch and dinner are provided for commuting participants. Special diets and food allergies can be accommodated.

A map of Smith College is available at www.smith.edu/map/.

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

at the Summer Session

2015 Summer Session Faculty

Daniel Barbezat is Professor of Economics at Amherst College. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University and Yale University and has taught in the summer program at Harvard University. In 2004, he won the J. T. Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History from the Economic History Association.

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.”

Dr. Barbezat has worked with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society–the national hub for contemplative teaching and learning, committed to the positive transformation of the higher education system by supporting the use of contemplative/introspective practices to create engaged learning environments–as a Board Member, Treasurer and Associate Director of the Academic Program since 2009. In 2012, he became the Executive Director of the Center. He has lectured and led workshops on contemplative learning and pedagogy throughout the United States and Canada and is actively working to expand and deepen the Center’s programs, making its work more accessible and transformative for all. His latest book, co-written with Mirabai Bush and published by Jossey-Bass in 2014, is Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning.

B. Grace Bullock, PhD is an intervention scientist, clinical practitioner, research consultant and founder of the International Science and Education Alliance. She has served as an Investigator on a number of large, NIH-funded, longitudinal intervention trials, and has managed large, multidisciplinary teams for over 20 years. She is interested in dynamic interface between evidence-based practice, neuroplasticity and contemplative teaching and learning. Grace specializes in the development of observational and audio-based coding systems, most notably the widely used Family Affective Attitude Rating Scale (FAARS), which she is currently modifying for use as a feedback and evaluation instrument in K-12, higher education and teacher preparation programs. She is also the developer of the Inquiry-Based Assessment Framework; a tool for students, educators and systems that builds on the principles of contemplative teaching and learning in the examination of individual-level change and programmatic outcomes. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and articles, and has presented extensively at national and international conferences. She provides research, methodology, measurement and strategic planning consultation and contemplative instruction to individuals and clients in K-12, higher education and healthcare delivery settings. She is the contributing Editor for Science and 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.

Richard Chess is Professor of Literature and Language at UNC Asheville. He also directs UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies. Appointed in 2011 as UNC Asheville’s Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts & Sciences, his project has been to encourage and provide support for the use of contemplative practices in the classroom and in other areas of academic and student life at UNC Asheville. Activities so far have included establishing an annual conference/retreat called “Creating A Mindful Campus;” co-facilitating a faculty learning circle, now in its fifth year, on contemplative practices in the classroom; and working with faculty in many disciplines as well as members of the local community whose work is grounded in contemplative practices.

He is the author of three books of poetry, Tekiah, Chair in the Desert, and Third Temple. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Best Spiritual Writing 2005. He is a regular contributor to “Good Letters,” a blog published by IMAGE: A Journal of Art, Faith, and Mystery, and his postings on “Good Letters” often describe and reflect on his experiences using contemplative practices in the classroom and in his own life. His “Good Letters” postings can be found here:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/author/richardchess/. A participant in both the first and third cohorts of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program, he co-founded Asheville’s Jewish Meditation Group.

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, 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).
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 is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and has practiced the Discipline of Authentic Movement for 25 years. Working closely with mentors, Arthur Zajonc and Janet Adler, Paula has conducted research on the phenomenon of inter-relationship and intra-relationship in the development of witness consciousness. She is a faculty member of the Langer Mindfulness Institute, and Circles of Four, a program developing teachers of the Discipline of Authentic Movement.

Her long-time teaching practice focuses on embodied relational awareness in support of cognition, creativity, and presence in a wide range of professional fields. Paula is a board member of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and co-founder of The Mariposa Center, a non-profit organization that incorporates contemplative and somatic approaches to the teaching of early childhood education.

Sharan Strange was educated at Harvard College, and at Sarah Lawrence College, where she received the M.F.A. degree in Writing.  In 1988, she became a founding member of the Dark Room Collective and co-curator of its Dark Room Reading Series, which presented over 100 established and emerging writers, musicians, and visual artists of color to audiences in the Boston area. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad¾including Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Best American Poetry, Callaloo, Furious Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Temba Tupu! Africana Women’s Self-Portrait, The American Poetry Review, Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (UK), Dance the Guns to Silence (UK), and Agenda (South Africa), among others. Ash, her first collection of poems, was selected by Sonia Sanchez for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published by Beacon Press in 2001. Her writings have also been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum and the Skylight Gallery in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Her commissioned piece “Everyone Is a Mirror” was featured in the catalogue for the exhibition Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. For many years she was a contributing editor of Callaloo, the journal of African diasporan arts and letters. She has received awards and residencies from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the D. C. Commission on the Arts, the Gell Writers’ Center, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has also been a Bruce McEver Visiting Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology and writer-in-residence at Fisk University, Wheaton College, the University of Notre Dame, the University of California at Davis, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has taught creative writing at Spelman College since 2003 and served as a community board member of Poetry Atlanta since 2006. 
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. 

 

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

 

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Reports on Past Summer Sessions

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006

2013

2013-summersession-reportReport on the Ninth Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy
Smith College, Northampton, MA
August 4 – 9, 2013

2012

Report on the 2012 Summer Session on Contemplative PedagogyReport on the Eighth Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy
Smith College, Northampton, MA
July 29 – August 3, 2012

2011

Report on the 2011 Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum DevelopmentReport on the Seventh Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum Development
Smith College, Northampton, MA
August 7 – 12, 2011

2010

Report on the 2010 Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum DevelopmentReport on the 2010 Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum Development
Smith College, Northampton, MA
August 8 – 13, 2010

 

2009

Report on the 2009 Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum DevelopmentReport on the 2009 Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum Development
Smith College, Northampton, MA
August 9 – 14, 2009

 

2008

Report on the 2008 Summer Curriculum Development SessionReport on the 2008 Summer Curriculum Development Session
Smith College, Northampton, MA
August 3 – 8, 2008

 

2006

2006 Academic Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum DevelopmentReport on the 2006 Academic Summer Session on Contemplative Curriculum Development
Smith College, Northampton, MA
August 13 – 18, 2006