Contemplative Pedagogy

The Center for Teaching and Learning (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

UMass Amherst Contemplative Pedagogy 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. Approximately 70 people from across campus participate in the group per year, and over 140 are on the mailing list. To join the CP Working Group mailing list, contact Brian Baldi.

In Fall 2019, the CP Working Group meets on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 27, 10-11:30 AM, CTL Conference Room, 301 Goodell Building
  • Friday, October 18, 10-11:30 AM, CTL Conference Room, 301 Goodell Building, “Relational Teaching, Contemplative Practice, and Identities: Bridging Social Identities and Spiritual Practice When Racism Becomes a Force in the Classroom” (Katja Hahn D’Errico, Civic Engagement & Service Learning and Terrell James, Anthropology) 
  • Friday, November 22, 10-11:30 AM, Great HallOld Chapel“Music Learning as Contemplative Practice” (Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Music & Dance)
  • Friday, December 13, 10-11:30 AM, CTL Conference Room, Library 2601“Librarians & Labyrinths: Take a Walk on the Winding Side” (Madeleine Charney, UMass Libraries)

Past (2015-2018) Working Group Presentations

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 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

  • English 112: College Writing, "The Power of Narrative," Anna Floch Arcello, Writing Program
  • STOCKCH 100: Botany for Gardeners, “Contemplative Practice in Sustainable Food and Farming,” Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • STOCKSCH 190P: Personal Weellness for Farmers and Gardeners, Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • STOCKSCH 297AL: Agricultural Leadership and Community I, Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • STOCKSCH 397AL: Agricultural Leadership and Community II, Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • STOCKSCH 485: Sustainable Food and Farming, Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • NRC 100: Environment and Society, “The (Slow) Incorporation of Contemplative Practices into My Courses,” Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation
  • NRC 185: Sustainable Living: Solutions for the 21st Century, Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation
  • NRC 391A: Sem-Curric Planning, Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation
  • Honors 201: Ideas that Change the World: Our Experiments with Truth, Nicole Nemec, Commonwealth Honors College
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Leadership Development Training, Shalini Bahl and Kevin Harrington
  • SocBehav 391P-01: Peer Advising Seminar, Timothy Beaucage, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • SRVCLRNG 192: Self-Awareness, Contemplation and Social Justice, Katja Hahn D'Errico, Service Learning
  • FFYS197 History: Nature Writing, David Glassberg, History
  • FFYS2-01 "The Literature of Food," Brian Baldi, TEFD
  • FFYS191TEF2 "Paticular Potency: Contemporary Short Fiction," Brian Baldi, TEFD

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