Contemplative Practice in Higher Education Workshop

Contemplative Practice in Higher Education

Contemplative Practice in Higher Education

A workshop with Mirabai Bush, Vijay Kanagala, and Rhonda V. Magee
September 20 – 22, 2019, at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
$395 tuition, plus accommodations and meals. CE credits available.

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Supported by the efforts of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, faculty, staff and administrators at colleges and universities nationwide are integrating contemplative practices into a wide variety of courses, programs, and services—from physics, art, and management to counseling, student affairs, and faculty development.

Contemplative practices provide opportunities to deepen our attention, broaden our awareness, increase our understanding, help us listen and speak across difference, and open us to new perspectives and creative thinking. By developing awareness of the complex interconnectedness of all life, contemplative practices support students in considering and questioning the impacts of our actions on the world at large.

At this workshop, through presentations, contemplative practice, engaged discussion and  question-and-answer sessions, three leading experts in the field will introduce contemplative pedagogy for academic environments; provide experiential examples of the ways contemplative practices can enrich teaching, research, self-care, and interpersonal interactions; and explore the relationship between personal introspection, the development of meaning and purpose, and engaged action in the world. This inquiry promotes greater clarity and understanding as participants develop contemplative approaches that respond to their unique educational and institutional interests.

Faculty, administrators, and support staff working throughout higher education are encouraged to attend. No prior experience with contemplative practice is required.


Workshop Faculty

Mirabai Bush is cofounder, former executive director, and a senior fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Coauthor of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education, she has developed contemplative programs and taught leaders in higher education, law, business, activism, and more. She also coauthored Compassion in Action with Ram Dass.
Vijay Kanagala, PhD, is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs administration at the University of Vermont. A former student affairs practitioner with extensive experience in multicultural student affairs, Kanagala focuses his research on three interconnected topics: the college access, success, and completion of low-income, first-generation college students; intersectionality of education, immigration, and social identities such as race, class, gender, and religion; and contemplative pedagogy, education, healing, and empowerment..
Rhonda V. Magee, JD, is professor of law at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches, among other things, a course called Contemplative Lawyering. She is author of “Contemplative Practices and the Renewal of Legal Education” in the book New Directions in Teaching and Learning: Contemplative Studies in Higher Education. She is dedicated to exploring the inter-relationships between law, philosophy, and notions of justice and humanity, with a commitment to listening to, and retelling the stories of, the impact of law on the lives of traditionally marginalized and subordinated people.



This is an Omega Institute event co-sponsored by The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. For questions about registration, travel, etc., please contact Omega at 877-944-2002.