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Contemplative Practice in Higher Education

August 22, 2014 – August 24, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Daniel P. Barbezat, Mirabai Bush, Rhonda V. Magee
SM14-4102-917Daniel P. Barbezat, Mirabai Bush, Rhonda V. Magee ,

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Under the leadership of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, colleges and universities nationwide have integrated contemplative practices into a variety of their courses—from literature to physics to architecture. These practices include yoga, contemplative reading and writing, mindful listening, and other practices that cultivate compassion and mindfulness.

As a result, schools report that students are showing an increased sense of personal and professional integration, as well as improvements in cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills. In the digital, wired world of today’s teenagers and 20-somethings, this is a remarkable feat.

Through presentations, demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions, four leading experts in the field introduce contemplative practices, review the related neuroscience research on meditation and learning, give examples of successful courses, and engage us in thinking about the role of contemplation in our own work.

Educators, staff, and administrators working within all aspects of higher education are invited to learn about how contemplative practices create educational environments that support engaged learning and personal and social transformation, and consider how these practices might be integrated into their unique institutional settings.

Apply for the 2014 Contemplative Practice in Higher Education scholarship now.


Supported in part by :

an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation


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Scholarships are available.

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.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
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 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 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.

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda V. Magee, JD, is professor of law at the University of San Francisco. She teaches contemplative lawyering and 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.