Contemplative Pedagogy

TEFD supports the integration of contemplative pedagogy (CP) into course design and teaching through:

  • Individual consultations
  • A Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group
  • Occasional events for instructors.

A wide variety of resources support contemplative pedagogy.

UMass Amherst CP Working Group

The Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, comprised of instructors at all career stages across the disciplines, meets monthly during the academic year to share resources, discuss CP readings, and compile best practices in CP course design and teaching.

To join the CP Working Group mailing list, contact Brian Baldi

In Spring 2018, the CP Working Group meets on the following dates:

  • Friday, February 2nd, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy: Engaging with the Slow Professor" (Maria Jose Botelho, Language, Literacy & Culture and Raeann LeBlanc, Nursing)
  • Friday, March 2nd, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, “Savoring Thought: Using Contemplation to Amplify Active Learning in a Writing Class” (Brian Baldi, TEFD)
  • Friday, March 30th, 10-11:30 AM, Du Bois Library 2601 (26th floor), “Blackness and Mindfulness: The Intersection of Culture, Justice, and Healing” (Michelle Chatman, Dept. of Justice Studies, University of the District of Columbia)
  • Wednesday, April 11th, 3-4 PM, CC905-09, “Meditation and the Brain” (Sara Lazar & Gunes Sevinc, Harvard Medical School)
  • Friday, April 13th, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, “Reflections from a First Year Seminar: Cultivating Attention Through Nature Writing” (David Glassberg, History)
  • Friday, May 4th, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, “Contemplative Mentorship in the Academy” (Open Dialogue)


Participant at Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group meeting

Katja Hahn D'Errico at a Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group meeting

UMass Library CP Subject Guide

The UMass Library Subject Guide for Contemplative Pedagogy provides information such as:

  • A list of local community resources
  • Films that employ contemplation
  • Research databases.

UMass Courses Using Contemplative Pedagogy

CP Syllabus Database

Classroom Exercises



  • The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society maintains an archive of webinars on contemplative pedagogy, with focus on social justice, legal education as multicultural inquiry, the neuroscience of somatic attention, contemplative pedagogies and geosciences, the science of meditation, and more.



Teaching Centers with CP Resources/Programming


Higher Education Meditation Resources

For more information, contact Brian Baldi