Center for Faculty Innovation

Contemplative Practices for Self-Care (Faculty Community)

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This open community will meet on Wednesdays; 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29 in Madison Union 419 (Meditation Room). Sign up for as few or as many as will fit your schedule.

How do educators and faculty leaders take care of their inner life during the hustle and bustle of the academic year?  Join a community who engages in self-care through exploring contemplative practices.  Mindfulness meditation/quiet centering practice, walking meditation, metta (loving kindness) meditation, and compassionate listening will be explored. Research on contemplative practices suggest that they can help to foster focus, self-regulation, insight, empathy, and an interpersonal connection to others (APA article, Psychology Today article).

Explore contemplative practices and discuss your experiences in a community of peers, including staff and students, at this weekly opportunity.  In addition, participants will discuss how contemplative practices apply to other aspects of work-life integration and to their career.  

*Note:  Drop-in participation is welcome.  Weekly participation is encouraged but not required.  Regular participants will be invited and encouraged to co-lead contemplative practices to gain facilitation confidence—if so interested. 

Facilitator: Ed Brantmeier, Ph. D.  Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department and Center for Faculty Innovation.

Co-Sponsor:  Madison Meditates and The Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practice, JMU

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please reach out to us at or (568-4846) with any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, dietary, etc.) you want us to know about.

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