Summer Session on Contemplative Learning

16th Annual Summer Session on
Contemplative Learning in Higher Education

 

Save the Date!
Sunday, August 2 – Friday, August 7, 2020
Smith College
Northampton, MA

We anticipate that the application period will open in early Spring 2020.

 

 

By coming together to create a supportive, collaborative, and engaging academic community, we can experience how contemplative practices transform higher education.

The Summer Session is a week-long professional development workshop with a unique combination of course development, community building, and experiential learning. Past attendees have referred to it as their “yearly tune up,” as it is a chance for personal reflection and self-care, as well as pedagogical development. Attendees will engage in a range of practices including meditation, mindful movement, art-making, and dialogue. These practices are intended to prepare attendees for the deep inquiry and meaningful self-exploration we hope to foster during our time together. Through plenary presentations, afternoon workshops, and time for practice, we aim to provide a space for participants to look at issues of identity, meaning, and purpose in their roles as educators within higher education and beyond.

A multidisciplinary team of educators with extensive experience across many aspects of higher education will facilitate the week-long workshop, and will provide guidance as you explore how to effectively and responsibly integrate contemplative practices into your work. Presentations and discussions at past Summer Sessions have often been about topics such as social identity; culturally-relevant practices and pedagogy; undoing racism and other forms of oppression in the academy; self-care for educators; facing challenging contexts; and building communities of support and practice.

The ACMHE Summer Session on Contemplative Learning in Higher Education is ideal for higher education professionals (faculty, staff, administrators, graduate students, and researchers) who are seeking to:

  • develop contemplative methods to inform their work in higher education within and beyond classroom settings;
  • examine their own unique identities and experiences to help create inclusive, responsive, inquiry-based learning environments;
  • deepen their own personal practice;
  • build friendships within a diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholar-practitioners.

We intend for this week to offer:

  • personal and professional growth and development through contemplative practice, stimulating  discussions, and reflection;
  • working with practice to navigate through the complexities, uncertainties and possible discomforts of new learning experiences;
  • reconnecting with old friends and forging new friendships with colleagues coming from diverse world-views and across many disciplines and types of institutions;
  • facilitating brave spaces to explore the connections between contemplative practice and social justice, and how that informs effective teaching and learning.

It does NOT offer:

  • easy answers and step-by-step solutions; there is no single “how to” that can be applied to this work.

We invite educators, researchers, students, staff and administrators from all higher education disciplines and offices to apply to participate in Summer Sessions on Contemplative Learning.

We encourage you to attend the Summer Session with a project in mind to work on during the week: this can help you help frame your learning and direct your inquiry towards a practical outcome. Projects could include, but are not limited to, designing and developing a co-curricular project, syllabus, curriculum, research project, grant proposal, or faculty learning community. You will have an opportunity to describe your project idea(s) on your summer session application.

How to Apply and Register:

 

 

at the Summer Session

 

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

 

Smith College Campus Center


 

Reports on Past Summer Sessions

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 (sorry, our 2005 and 2007 reports are unavailable!)

2014

2014 Summer Session ReportReport on the Tenth Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy
Smith College, Northampton, MA
August 3 – 8, 2014

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