Advancing the Science and Practice of Contemplative Teaching and Learning

November Symposium 

Sponsored by the Garrison Institute Initiative on Contemplation and Education

Open to the public


Marketplace of Ideas 

Registration is now full. If you are interested in attending, please contact to inquire about about space and accommodations.

1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available from the State University of New York at New Paltz for an additional $60.

Contemplative Teaching and Learning promotes awareness of self, others and the world by infusing classroom life and teaching with experiential practices such as mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, reflective journaling and others. It deepens learning and builds inner strengths and skills including attention, self-regulation and compassion.

This symposium allows educators, health professionals, researchers and policymakers to learn from one another in an environment that nurtures dialogue and advances evidence-based practice. It will:

  1. Examine the scientific basis of contemplative teaching and learning, including brain research, with the goal of improving the lives of children, teachers and families;
  2. Showcase tested practices that demonstrate positive outcomes in diverse settings and at various ages; and
  3. Advance contemplative teaching and learning in mainstream education.

Daily experiences with contemplation will provide participants with evidence-based practices that can be implemented in schools, and in their own lives.

Keynote speaker Mark Greenberg is Director of the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University and a leading researcher in social and emotional learning. Panelists include Adele Diamond, specialist in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia; Susan Kaiser-Greenland, founder of Inner Kids and author of The Mindful Child; and Linda Lantieri, Director of the Inner Resilience Program and founding member of CASEL.

The full agenda of the symposium is available here. Biographies of the presenters are available here.

The symposium will showcase contemplative teaching and learning programs that have demonstrated positive outcomes in a “Marketplace of Ideas”, a 90-minute poster-type session.

To register, click the link on the right-hand side of this page. Registration includes all sessions, housing and meals. For more information, contact, or call 845-424-4800 ext. 131.

November 4th, 2011 3:00 PM   through   November 6th, 2011 3:03 PM
Phone: 845-424-4800 ext. 131
Open to the public

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