September 2015
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Contemplative Practice in Higher Education

September 18, 2015 – September 20, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
Daniel P. Barbezat, Mirabai Bush, Rhonda V. Magee
SM15-4902-384Daniel P. Barbezat, Mirabai Bush, Rhonda V. Magee ,

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 and administrators in higher education are invited to learn about contemplative practices in higher education, how to bring them into their own schools and classrooms, and how these practices can improve their own life.

Scholarships Available
Partial and full scholarships are available for teachers, educators, and school administrators to participate in Contemplative Practice in Higher Education in order to cultivate their own mindfulness practice for stress relief, presence, and emotional balance, and learn how to apply these skills in a classroom setting. All applications are reviewed together following the close of the application period. If you have questions about the scholarship or a pending application, please call 845.266.4444, ext. 180. Learn more or apply now. Deadline: July 1, 2015

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Please note, there may be evening hours scheduled on Saturday, September 19th.  Please check our website closer to the start of the program for confirmation.

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
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 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.