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
  • 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 Spring 2019, the CP Working Group meets on the following dates:

  • Friday, January 25, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell BLDG
  • Friday,  February 8, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell BLDG, "Silencing the Inner Expert: A Contemplative Approach to Helping Students with Disabilities" (Benjamin J. Ostiguy, Associate Director of Operations for Disability Services)
  • Friday, March 22, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell BLDG, “Diverse Contemplative Practices for Engaging Self and Community” (Terrell James, Educational Policy, Research, & Administration and Civic Engagement and Service Learning)
  • Friday, April 26, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell BLDG, "Teaching Ethnographically: Qualitative Inquiry as Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education" (Maria José Botelho, Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies and Ellen Pader, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning)
  • Friday, May 3, 10-11:30 AM, TEFD Conference Room, 301 Goodell BLDG

Topics and presenters for the above meetings will be posted soon.

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