Hemera Education Fellowship Scholarship

Hemera’s Contemplative Fellowships for Educators support educators’ growth through contemplative practice in a retreat setting, allowing individuals the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal well-being, and professional efficacy, and, in turn, embody and apply these qualities to promote positive school cultures. Hemera has partnered with Garrison Institute to provide financial support for Pre-K–12 educators and current M.Ed. students to attend residential meditation retreats. If you are new to meditation or have never attended a retreat before, you are eligible for full funding; need-based support is available to experienced applicants. If you currently work full-time for a Pre-K–12 educational institution, or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education, you are eligible for a fellowship. The Hemera Foundation, a private foundation established in 2007, works in the fields of early childhood development, contemplative practice, and the arts. Hemera develops and invests in strategic initiatives that lead to sustainable systemic cultural change.

2017 Eligible Retreats


All of these roles must be full-time:

  • Preschool teachers/administrators
  • Kindergarten teachers/administrators
  • Elementary school teachers/administrators
  • Middle school teachers/administrators
  • High school teachers/administrators
  • Pre-k-12 substitute teachers
  • Pre-k-12 guidance counselors, academic advisors, social workers, librarians, nurses, etc.
  • Pre-k-12 principals and other administrators
  • Employees of pre-k-12 school districts not working directly in a school
  • Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) students
  • Full-time G.E.D. teachers
  • Individuals who work daily educating pre-k-12 students outside of schools (i.e. educators working in museums or juvenile detention centers)

Amount of Support

There are two tiers of support for fellows:

  • 100% Funding – for individuals who have never attended a meditation retreat longer than a weekend. Applicants will be asked if they are able to pay for a portion of the retreat themselves, in the interest of making funding available to more applicants.
  • 50% Baseline + Needs-Based Funding – for individuals who have previously attended at least one meditation retreat longer than a weekend.

Click here to apply for a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship for Educators.

Please note: By filling out this application, if you are awarded a fellowship, you are committing to attend the retreat for which you are applying. Should you need to cancel your fellowship for any reason, you must notify the center immediately. Cancellations may result in forfeiting your eligibility for a Hemera Fellowship the following year. Also, if you are awarded the scholarship, you have 3 weeks to accept or refuse. We’d also ask that you tell us why if you decide not to accept, so Hemera can track these outcomes. Thank you.

Part of the long-term vision of the Hemera Contemplative Fellowships for Educators Program is to build a community of fellows, both online and in person. By accepting Hemera Fellowship funding, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with the Hemera Foundation, to register online with Hemera as an educator fellow, and to fill out a survey about your retreat experience and the impact it has on your work.