“Radicalizing Contemplative Education: Compassion, Intersectionality, and Justice in Challenging Times” marks the 20th anniversary of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Organized around the themes of teaching and learning, student affairs, and leadership, the conference will celebrate, and take stock of, the work of CMind over the last two decades, while presenting cutting edge ways contemplative approaches to inquiry and learning can further justice and compassion on college and university campuses and beyond. Through keynote presentations, interactive sessions, and contemplative workshops, participants will explore how diverse contemplative pedagogies and practices can support transformations on multiple levels – self, classroom, organization, community – and invite creative, unconventional approaches to how we imagine and seek to address the many challenges of the 21st century.
Questions we envision exploring at the conference include:
- How can contemplative education support all members of the academic community from our respective sociocultural positions in cultivating the capacities needed to engage in individual and collaborative inquiry and purposeful, just action?
- How can contemplative practices deepen our capacities to bear witness to each other’s lived experiences, take accountability for our role in those experiences, and work together to build more compassionate and just communities?
- How can contemplative approaches help us better understand privilege, unlearn internalized oppression and domination, and work to transform oppressive structures and processes of exclusion on our campuses and beyond?
“Radicalizing Contemplative Education” will take place on the 75-acre campus of the 1440 Foundation Multiversity in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County, California. The setting for the conference, with uplifting gathering spaces and quiet spots for contemplation both indoors and out, provides an ideal context for engaging in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, while exploring and practicing new visions for integrating contemplative practices and approaches to further compassion and justice in higher education and beyond. In bringing together diverse networks of teachers, scholars, administrators, practitioners, students, and community activists, the conference will be a landmark event in furthering a contemplative, socially just educational vision.