Contemplative Pedagogy Trainings

  • Contemplative Reading Practice

    The practice of contemplative reading allows students to slow down and engage deeply and intuitively with a given passage, letting meaning dawn through contemplation and present-moment awareness.

  • Insight Dialogue Practice

    The Insight Dialogue Practice invites participants to access their inner voice and wisdom, develop their ability to listen deeply, and bring mindfulness into their relationship with another. 

  • Object Writing Practice The Object Writing Practice offers a novel way to engage with the creative writing process through mindful attention and spontaneous expression. It cultivates mindfulness in a different way than found in sitting meditation practice.
  • Spontaneous Three Line Poem PracticeThis delightful poetic practice can be used in the classroom or in any gathering where you would like to invite creativity and intimacy. It is a practice of spontaneously speaking poetic verse, drawing from one’s present-moment experience and in response to one’s partner. 
  • The Heart: A MeditationIn Eastern thought and medicine, the heart is generally considered the seat of consciousness and awareness, while the West tends to locate consciousness primarily in the brain. Regardless of cultural orientation, for most human beings the heart holds a wealth of imagery as reflected in the language and symbols that we associate with it. This practice provides a way to engage with the somatic experience of the heart and hands and to connect with the innate qualities of self-nurturance.
  • Contemplative Art: Window Shopping Practices with Robert SpellmanThe contemplative art practice Window Shopping I & II are exercises in composition that develop a new way of seeing. We are directed to pay attention to the “mere” shape and color of what we see, devoid from the stories, ideas and concepts we may have about an image. Requiring no prior training and using “pleasure as our guide,” we uncover our inherent aesthetic sensibility.
  • Contemplative Teaching and Learning: First Person InquiryContemplative education is a contemporary movement in higher education that builds upon the epistemological work of cognitive scientists in conversation with contemplative traditions of Asia, integrating critical subjectivity into the classroom. This article traces the development of this movement, identifying key innovators who are from the field of Asian Studies, and outlining the theoretical basis of first-person inquiry in learning.