Contemplative Practice in Higher Education | Omega
September 2015
Daniel P. BarbezatMirabai BushVeta Goler

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Contemplative Practice in Higher Education

September 18, 2015 – September 20, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
Daniel P. Barbezat, Mirabai Bush, Veta Goler

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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.

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.
Continuing Education
  • WESPSB - Educators +$50
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop (Optional)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Daniel P. Barbezat

Daniel P. Barbezat is professor of economics at Amherst College and the executive director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. He is coauthor, with Mirabai Bush, of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education. Barbezat's approach to teaching has been featured in the Boston Globe and the U.S. News & World Report.

Mirabai Bush

Mirabai Bush is founding 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.

Veta Goler

Veta Goler is associate professor of dance and codirector of the Teaching Resource and Research Center at Spelman College. As a dance historian, she focuses her research on contemporary African-American modern dance artists, particularly women choreographers. Her research interests include the intersection of dance and spirituality, and spirituality and contemplative practices in education and the workplace.