Contemplative Pedagogy Past Programming

Contemplative Pedagogy Past Programming


  • Re-Entering Our Classes: Establishing Intentional Learning Environments, with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), September.
  • Pedagogy of Love, with Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation) and Stephen Fernandez (College of Engineering) October.
  • Racial Reckoning, Intergenerational Trauma, and Mindfulness, with K.C. Nat Turner (Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies) and Kavitha Rao (Center for Whole Communities), November.
  • Reflecting on the Semester, with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), December.
  • Grounding Ourselves for Teaching, with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), and Katja Hahn D'Errico (CESL), February.
  • Contemplative Teaching Practice Share, with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), March.
  • "bell hooks Taught Me: Love, Education, and Social Justice, with Terrell James (Anthropology), April.
  • Guided Contemplative Nature Tour, with Madeleine Charney (Libraries), May.



  • Setting Intentions, with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), September.  
  • Remote and Large Class Contemplative Work, with Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation) and Sarah Berquist (Stockbridge School of Agriculture), September.  
  • Equanimity as Grounding with Katja Hahn D'Errico (CESL) and Brian Baldi (CTL), October.  
  • Racial Justice and Contemplative Practice, with Jennifer Cannon (College of Education), November. 
  • Here We Are, with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), December. 
  • Contemplative Pedagogy Skills Share, with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Terrell James, (Anthropology), February. 
  • Liberatory Mindfulness, with Jennifer Cannon (College of Education), February. 
  • Leadership for Contemplative Education, with Dean Mari Castañeda (Honors College), Asst. Vice Chancellor for Campus Life Elizabeth Cracco, and Associate Provost for Student Success Carolyn Bassett, March. 
  • Positionality, Strong Objectivity, and Mindfulness, with Theodore Eisenman (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning), April.  
  • Reflection and Retreat, with Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation) and Brian Baldi (CTL), May. 



  • Welcome and Contemplative Survey Analysis with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Jen Cannon (CTL), October.  
  • Relational Teaching, Contemplative Practice, and Identities: Bridging Social Identities and Spiritual Practice When Racism Becomes a Force in the Classroom with Katja Hahn D’Errico (Civic Engagement and Service Learning) and Terrell James (Anthropology), October.  
  • Music Learning as Contemplative Practice with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (Music & Dance) November.  
  • Librarians & Labyrinths: Take a Walk on the Winding Side with Madeleine Charney (UMass Libraries), December.  
  • From Theory to Practice: Sharing Our Contemplative Teaching Practices Across Disciplines with Brian Baldi (CTL), February.  
  • Open Meeting: Being in the Pandemic with Brian Baldi (CTL), March.   
  • Open Meeting: Being in the Pandemic with Brian Baldi (CTL), April.   
  • Half-Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat, co-organized by Madeleine Charney (UMass Libraries) and Jennifer Cannon (CTL), May.



  • Welcome to the CPWG; Intro to Contemplative Pedagogy; Setting Intentions—Open Dialogue, September. 
  • From the Griot to Hip Hop: Oral Tradition as Critical Liberatory Praxis in Islamic Black America with Amer Ahmed (TEFD), September.
  • ‘Culture Keepers': Dynamic Mindfulness & Social Justice Practices in K-12 Public Schools and Higher Education with Kofi-Charu Nat Turner (Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies), October. 
  • Relationality, Respect, Reverence, Reciprocity, Relevance: Bringing the 5 Indigenous Rs into a Contemplative Classroom (even in Large Lecture Courses) with Sonya Atalay (Anthropology), November. 
  • Contemplative Reflections—Open Dialogue, December. 
  • Open Dialogue, January.
  • Silencing the Inner Expert: A Contemplative Approach to Helping Students with Disabilities with Associate Director of Operations Benjamin J. Ostiguy (Disability Services), February.  
  • Diverse Contemplative Practices for Engaging Self and Community with Terrell James (Educational Policy, Research, and Administration and Civic Engagement and Service Learning), March. 
  • Teaching Ethnographically: Qualitative Inquiry as Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education with Maria José Botelho (Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies) and Ellen Pader (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning), April.



  • Bringing Contemplation into Classes and Advising—Open Dialogue. 
  • Spotlight on the Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference—Open Dialogue. 
  • Contemplative Pedagogy & Mindfulness in Academic Libraries with Madeleine Charney (UMass Libraries) and Sara Smith (Amherst College Library). 
  • Book Discussion of The Slow Professor with Maria José Botelho (Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies) and Raeann LeBlanc (Nursing).  
  • Savoring Thought: Using Contemplation to Amplify Active Learning in a Writing Class with Brian Baldi (TEFD). 
  • Blackness and Mindfulness: The Intersection of Culture, Justice, and Healing with Michelle Chatman (Justice Studies, University of the District of Columbia). 
  • Meditation and the Brain with Sara Lazar and Gunes Sevinc (Harvard Medical School). 
  • Reflections from a First Year Seminar: Cultivating Attention Through Nature Writing with David Glassberg (History). 
  • Contemplative Mentorship in the Academy—Open Dialogue. 



  • Integrating Contemplative Practices into Supervising Models, Professional Development, Staff Training, and Student Advising with Timothy Beaucage, Graduate Academic Advisor (CSBS). 
  • Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis with Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation), Kris Nelson (Civic Engagement and Service-Learning) and Madeleine Charney (UMass Libraries). 
  • Student-Led Meditation and Holding Space for Students Experiencing Turmoil Post-Election with James Frank (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration). 
  • Conversation with Program Manager of the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society with John Baugher (CMind).  
  • Contemplation and Criticality: Re/Contextualizing the Self and Society with Maria José Botelho (Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies) and Cheryl Harned (History). 
  • Feminist and Contemplative Pedagogy: A Dialogue with Miliann Kang (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies) and Lezlie Frye (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies). 



  • Considerations for Integrating CP into the Academic Setting with Katja Hahn D’Errico, (Social Justice Education, Civic Engagement & Service Learning). 
  • CP for Establishing Presence and Healing Stress with Richard S. Ellis (Physics). 
  • Using Mindfulness in the Classroom with Raeann LeBlanc (Nursing). 
  • The (Slow) Incorporation of Contemplative Practices into My Courses with Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation). 
  • Contemplative Practice in Sustainable Food and Farming with Sarah Berquist (Stockbridge School of Agriculture).