2011 Contemplative Retreat for Educators

Posted on Sep 22, 2011

With Arthur Zajonc and Mirabai Bush
November 17-20, 2011
at the Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

Fee for ACMHE members: $600 single room/$450 double room
Fee for non-members: $650 single room/$500 double room (ACMHE members receive a $50 discount on all ACMHE events. We encourage you to join the ACMHE if you are interested in this retreat; membership dues are on a sliding scale, $35-$115 per year.) 
A limited number of spaces are available at a $385 scholarship rate.

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Our 2011 retreat is designed for secondary school, college and university educators and will offer instruction in a variety of contemplative practices, including contemplative methods adapted for the classroom. These practices cultivate capacities central to teaching and learning–focused attention, kindness and compassion, and contemplative inquiry. Much of the time will be spent in silence, including some silent meals. The final day of the retreat will include discussion of contemplative pedagogy and the relationship of the contemplative perspective to teaching, learning, and knowing.

Our retreats for educators are designed to appeal to participants with a wide range of experience in contemplative practice, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.


Retreat Location

The Garrison Institute is a former Capuchin monastery situated on a bluff overlooking the Hudson with grounds offering trails, ponds, meadows, and scenic overlooks. The facility includes a spacious, light filled main Meditation Hall, rooms for smaller sessions, and a beautiful, monastic wood beamed dining room. Guest bedrooms are simple but beautifully furnished. Comfortable bathrooms are designed in an elegant Zen esthetic. Each floor has a jacuzzi and a lounge for relaxing, reading, or just enjoying the Hudson River views. To learn more about the Garrison Institute, visit http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/.


Retreat Faculty

Mirabai BushMirabai Bush is an Associate Director and Senior Fellow of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. A co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and 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. 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, published by Random House.

Mirabai has organized, facilitated, and taught workshops, weekends, and courses on spirit and action for more than 20 years at institutions including Omega Institute, Naropa Institute, Findhorne, Zen Mountain Monastery, University of Massachusetts, San Francisco Zen Center, Buddhist Study Center at Barre, MA, Insight Meditation Society, and the Lama Foundation. She has a special interest in the uncovering and recovery of women’s spiritual wisdom to inform work for social change. She has taught women’s groups with Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Sharon Salzberg, Joan Halifax, Margo Adler, Starhawk, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Vicky Noble, and other leaders.

Her spiritual studies include meditation study at the Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya, India, with Shri S.N. Goenka and Anagarika Munindra; bhakti yoga with Hindu teacher Neemkaroli Baba; and studies with Tibetan lamas Kalu Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and others. She also did five years of intensive practice in Iyengar yoga and five years of Aikido with Kanai Sensei. Her earlier religious study included 20 years of Catholic schooling, ending with Georgetown University graduate study in medieval literature. She holds an ABD in American literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Arthur ZajoncArthur Zajonc is Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and professor of physics at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1978. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. He has been visiting professor and research scientist at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, and the Universities of Rochester and Hannover. He has been Fulbright professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics he researched electron-atoms collision physics and radiative transfer in dense vapors. His research has included studies in parity violation in atoms, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between sciences, the humanities and contemplation.

He has written extensively on Goethe’s science. He is author of the books Meditation as Contemplative InquiryCatching the Light, co-author of The Quantum Challenge, and co-editor of Goethe’s Way of Science. He is co-author, with Parker Palmer, of The Heart of Higher Education. In 1997 he served as scientific coordinator for the Mind and Life dialogue with H.H. the Dalai Lama published as The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama. He organized the 2002 dialogue with the Dalai Lama, “The Nature of Matter, the Nature of Life,” and acted as moderator at MIT for the “Investigating the Mind” dialogue in 2003 and “Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism” at Stanford University in 2010. He has also been General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America (1994-2002), president of the Lindisfarne Association, and a senior program director at the Fetzer Institute.

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