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 Fall 2018, the CP Working Group meets on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 14, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "Welcome to the CPWG; Intro to Contemplative Pedagogy; Setting Intentions"
  • Friday, September 28, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "From the Griot to Hip Hop: Oral Tradition as Critical Liberatory Praxis in Islamic Black America" (Amer Ahmed, TEFD)
  • Friday, October 26, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "'Culture Keepers': Dynamic Mindfulness & Social Justice Practices in K-12 Public Schools and Higher Education" (Kofi-Charu Nat Turner, Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies)
  • Friday, November 30, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "Relationality, Respect, Reverence, Reciprocity, Relevance: Bringing the 5 Indigenous Rs into a Contemplative Classroom (even in Large Lecture Courses)" (Sonya Atalay, Anthropology)
  • Friday, December 14, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, "Final Meeting of the Fall Semester; Contemplative Reflections"


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