Frequently Asked Questions about Contemplative Pedagogy and Inquiry


Examples of Contemplative Pedagogy and Practice in Higher Ed
Contemplative Mind Recommended Reading



Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

Published by the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

Mindfulness Research Monthly

Published by the American Mindfulness Research Association


Professional Development Opportunities

Webinars from Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind)

These are free online webinars with experts in the field, which can be later accessed through CMind's archives.

Creating a Mindful Campus Conference

This annual event is hosted by UNC Asheville each spring.

Summer Session on Contemplative Learning in Higher Education

This six-day intensive hosted by CMind creates a space for professional development and personal retreat, and a time for forging and deepening connections with supportive colleagues in a wider community of practice. Open to educators, student affairs professionals, administrators and students.


Teaching Resources

Mindfulness in the Classroom - from Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching

Resource Library - from The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society



The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) supports and encourages the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.

Association for Contemplative Mind in Society

An initiative of CMind, this is a multidisciplinary academic association with an international membership of educators, administrators, staff, students, researchers and other professionals committed to the transformation of higher education through the recovery and development of the contemplative dimensions of teaching, learning and knowing.

The Center for Koru Mindfulness 

Koru offers an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation and stress management to college students and other emerging adults.

University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center

The Center brings together diverse academic disciplines to explore theory and practice of contemplative traditions from different perspectives. It also sponsors events, instruction, research and learning projects in five contexts: health and well-being, education and learning, design and place, culture and wisdom, and professions and performance.

Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies

University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies is housed within the Graduate School of Public Health and is synergistic with the university’s mission of promoting research, education, and service/clinical practice.

UMass Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

The Center explores, understands, articulates and furthers mindfulness in the lives of individuals, organizations and communities through clinical care, rigorous scientific research, professional training and informed public discourse.

Mindfulness in Education Network

Established in 2001 by a group of educators and students of Thich Nhat Hanh, MIEN supports and cultivates the practice of mindfulness in educational settings.

Association for Mindfulness in Education

AME is a collaborative association of organizations and individuals working together to provide support for mindfulness training as a component of K-12 education.

American Mindfulness Research Association

This is a professional resource to the sciences and the humanities, practice communities and broader public. It supports empirical and conceptual efforts to establish an evidence base for the process, practice and construct of mindfulness; promotes best standards for and ethical use of mindfulness research and applications; and facilities mindfulness-related dialogue and discovery. 

David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace

The foundation was established to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so.

Mindfulness and Contemplative Education

This is an international hub for scholars, researchers, teachers and students who are working in contemplative education.

Contemplative Pedagogy Network (United Kingdom)

The network aims to inspire, inform and connect those exploring the role of contemplative teaching and learning in higher education.



Koru Mindfulness

An evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation and stress management to college students and other emerging adults.

MindUP Curriculum

A curriculum delivering a set of social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills developed for pre-K through middle school students.

Learning to BREATHE

A mindfulness-based curriculum for adolescents, created for a classroom or group settings, that is intended to strengthen emotion regulation and attention, expand adolescents’ repertoire of stress management skills and help them integrate mindfulness into daily life.

Mindful Schools

A training program offering online and in-person courses for adults to learn mindfulness and use it with youth.


Other Resources 

Contemplative Practices for Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

Created by Dr. Beth Berila of St. Cloud State University, the site offers a collection of practices that have been used in teaching social justice.

Mindful Elon project

This is Elon University's interdisciplinary collaboration of multiple departments, programs, and student groups that offer activities and opportunities to promote more mindful well-being within the Elon community for students, faculty, and staff.