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.

2018 Eligible Retreats

JANUARY 11-14 | NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care: Winter Sesshin

FEBRUARY 16-23 | Westchester Buddhist Center: Annual Weeklong Retreat: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 2 | B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman: Cultivating Emotional Balance

MARCH 1-4 | Empty Bowl and Morning Star ZendoWinter Sesshin

MARCH 2-4 | Still Mind Zendo: Silent Retreat

MARCH 9-11 | Sharon Salzberg and Holistic Life Foundation: People Who Care for People

MARCH 23-25 | Jane and Derek Kolleeny: Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate

APRIL 5-8 | Annual LGBTIQ Retreat: Waking Up Fabulous: Taking Refuge in Every Moment, Every Day, for the Benefit of All with Madeline Klyne, La Sarmiento, and Gavin Harrison, and yoga with Jacoby Ballard

APRIL 20-27 | Rupert Spira: Aware Presence

APRIL 27-29 | Loch Kelly: Open-Hearted Awareness

AUGUST 3-5 | Frank Ostaseski & Roshi Joan Halifax: Being with Dying: A Retreat on Compassionate Care of the Dying

SEPTEMBER 13-14 | Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg: Experiencing Insight and Love

SEPTEMBER 18-25 | Alan Wallace: Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga

OCTOBER 12-19 | Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

NOVEMBER 14-18 | Cynthia Bourgeault: From Narrative Self to Witnessing Self: Crossing the Threshold

NOVEMBER 16-18 | Still Mind Zendo Retreat


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.