Still Point was formed in 2013 by faculty and staff members inspired by the potential for using contemplative inquiry, pedagogy and practices in their classrooms and across the Appalachian State University campus. Interest in their vision quickly spread, and the organization become an officially recognized faculty/staff organization in 2015 with membership open to students as well.

Today, the organization’s membership represents:

  • academic disciplines across campus
  • a variety of professional roles on campus
  • diverse levels of experience using contemplative practices in their personal and professional lives

Still Point members are engaged with national organizations and conversations surrounding contemplative inquiry, pedagogy and practice. Members of our organization have attended and presented at regional and national conferences and are engaged in contemplative research and practice both individually and in the classroom.


Still Point is a community of practice comprised of faculty/staff/students engaged in contemplative inquiry in their personal/professional lives.

The purpose of Still Point is to create space for contemplative inquiry, and the exploration of contemplative practice, pedagogy, and research in diverse forms. Through a variety of campus activities, Still Point will support the application of contemplative inquiry across the university through personal/professional development opportunities for staff and faculty, curricular innovation, and multi-disciplinary research. Still Point seeks to affirm and enrich the value of contemplative inquiry as a powerful mode of teaching, learning, research and engagement that complements the university’s commitment to sustainable and just communities.


Still Point will nurture the development of contemplative inquiry at Appalachian State University in order to contribute to a climate of health and well-being on campus.

We align ourselves with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society which holds the following vision:

We envision an education that promotes the exploration of meaning, purpose and values and seeks to serve our common human future. An education that enables and enhances personal introspection and contemplation leads to the realization of our inextricable connection to each other, opening the heart and mind to true community, deeper insight, sustainable living, and a more just society.

In this way, Still Point will serve as a connective resource for the entire campus community in the exploration of contemplative inquiry and its application to teaching, learning, research and service as part of a broad-based international movement related to the integration of contemplative inquiry in higher education.