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.
During 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.
Participants undertake a process of inquiring into their intentions for integrating contemplative practices into their work. 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.