Knowing & Growing: Creating and Sustaining Contemplative Communities
An ACMHE webinar presented by Stephanie Briggs
Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County
Originally broadcast on Friday, April 27th, 2018, 2 pm – 3 pm ET
Free and open to all, with an optional $10 suggested donation
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This webinar will focus on ways to develop and maintain a campus-wide contemplative community. We will investigate how to recruit faculty and staff members, the design of a program, goals and objectives of the community, individual/shared facilitation, and cost. This webinar is divided into three parts followed by short discussions. We will open with approaches to generate interest, the first on-campus meeting, establishing basic fundamental mindful rules, and some basic facilitation guidelines. The second section discusses the importance of holding the space and witnessing, whether or not to use a text, and encouraging individual group member facilitation. The final section focuses on maintaining a loving and compassionate environment, the pros and cons of an open door policy, and dealing with challenging participants.
About the Presenter
Stephanie Briggs, assistant professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County, utilizes arts-based practices to foster community, social action, and compassion among students. She facilitates the Contemplative Community Circle for faculty/staff and received a Center for Contemplative Mind in Society Building Communities Grant: “Practical Empowerment: Building Contemplative Communities With Students of Color. She is also the owner of Be.Still.Move., a facilitated training program of mindful /contemplative practices educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations.
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