Contemplative Pedagogy

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

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

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

The UMass Amherst Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group (CPWG), comprised of instructors at all career stages across the disciplines, meets monthly during the academic year to share teaching experiences and resources related to contemplative pedagogy and mindful education. Approximately 70 people from across campus participate in the group per year, and over 170 are on the mailing list. To join the CPWG mailing list, contact Brian Baldi.

In Spring 2021, the CPWG meets on the following dates:

  • Friday, February 12, 10-11:30AM, “Contemplative Pedagogy Skills Share,” with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Terrell James (Anthropology)
  • Friday, February 26, 10-11:30 AM, “Liberatory Mindfulness,” with Jennifer Cannon (College of Education)
  • Friday, March 19, 10-11:30 AM, “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 

  • Friday, April 16, 10-11:30 AM, “Positionality, Strong Objectivity, and Mindfulness,” with Theodore Eisenman (Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning)

  • Friday, May 21, 10-11:30 AM, “Reflection and Retreat,” with Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation) and Brian Baldi (CTL)


CP Syllabus Database

Classroom Exercises

Silent Retreat Opportunity

In partnership with UMass Amherst, the The Vipassana Meditation Center (VMC) of Shelburne, MA is reserving ten spaces in their 10-day residential, silent meditation courses for UMass Amherst/5-College faculty, staff or students to support their personal and professional growth. For more information, see our VMC silent retreat opportunity page.

Participant at Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group meeting

Katja Hahn D'Errico at a Contemplative Pedogogy Working Group Meeting.

Mindful Sabbaticals

In Spring 2020, the CTL participated in a panel discussion on "Mindful Sabbaticals" led by the Office of Faculty Development. The CTL handout for the event lists the benefits of having a mindful sabbatical and local resources for mindfulness programs.



  • 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.