Event Archives


This page collects materials -- videos, posters, slides, handouts, and programs -- from past ACMHE conferences and summer sessions. If you were a presenter at one of these events and would like to add or remove your material to/from the archive, please contact Maya Elinevsky (maya@contemplativemind.org) or Carrie Bergman (carrie@contemplativemind.org).

(If you're looking for a list of past workshops, webinars, and retreats, visit our event calendar.)


ACMHE Conferences


Please do not reproduce or distribute files without permission from their creator(s). These files are intended for personal and scholarly reference by current ACMHE members and participants of the 2019 ACMHE conference.

Radical Well-Being in Higher Education:
Approaches for Renewal, Justice, and Sustainability

Presentations and Resources from the 2019 ACMHE Conference
November 7-10, 2019 | UMass Amherst

2019 Conference Program


Keynote Presentation

Disarming Ourselves, Decolonizing Care: Radical Dharma Approaches for Courageous Transformation: video
Jasmine K. Syedullah, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Vassar College

Want to submit your presentation materials? Send them to Maya Elinevsky at maya@contemplativemind.org.

Poster Session Presentations

None have been submitted at this time.

Parallel Sessions

None have been submitted at this time


Please do not reproduce or distribute these files without permission from their creator(s). These files are intended for personal and scholarly reference by current ACMHE members and participants of the 2018 ACMHE conference, Imagining Humane Institutions.

Imagining Humane Institutions

Presentations and Resources from the 2018 ACMHE Conference
October 4-7, 2018 | UMass Amherst

Page last updated: January 31, 2019


Keynote Presentation

Embracing Fear, Friendship, and Hope: Journeying with Courage in Academia (.pdf of slides | video)
Michelle Chatman, Associate Professor in the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies program, University of the District of Columbia

Want to submit your presentation materials? Send them to Maya Elinevsky at maya@contemplativemind.org.

Poster Session Presentations

None have been submitted at this time. Send yours to Maya@contemplativemind.org for inclusion on this page!

Parallel Sessions

Paradoxes of Teaching Mindfulness in Business (video)
Shalini Bahl, Affiliated Expert, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst

Savoring Thought: Using Contemplation to Amplify Learning in Writing Classes (.pdf of slides)
Brian Baldi, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Director, Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Creating Connection Through Reflection: Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (video)
Carol Beck, Associate Director, Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Emory University

Relationships, Structures, and Processes of Humane Institutions (video)
Margaret Benefiel, Executive Director, Shalem Institute

Lives that Speak: Reclaiming Vocation Through Cross-Campus Collaborations (.docx of notes)
LeeRay Costa, Professor and Director of Gender and Women's Studies, Hollins University
Karen Cardozo, Executive Director of Career Development, Hollins University

Tamalpa Life/Art Process to Teach Public Health (ArtCorps newsletter)
Vivian Chávez, Professor of Health Education, San Francisco State University

Embedding Compassion into an Urban Community College to Create Trauma Sensitive Policy, Procedures, and Pedagogy (video)
Linda Domenitz, George LeBoeuf, Susan Perreira, Steven A. Mahoney, and Marva Patterson, Capital Community College

Quiet, Contemplative Pedagogies: Teaching to Reach the Introverted, the Anxious, and the Marginalized (.pdf of slides | video)
Monica Edwards, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harper College

Cultivating Student Attention Through a First-Year Nature Writing Seminar (syllabus)
David Glassberg, Environmental History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Experiencing Connection: A Critical Foundation of Community Building (video)
Peter Grossenbacher, Professor, Contemplative Psychology, Naropa University

What's Love Got to Do With It?: Contemplative Practice for Social Justice (.pdf of slides)
Veta Goler, Chair & Associate Professor, Dance Performance & Choreography; Co-director, Teaching Research and Resource Center, Spelman College
Kelly Moore, Instructor, Courage of Care Coalition

Being Digital Citizens: Mindful Media from Tweets to Big Data (video)
Kevin Healey, Associate Professor, Media Studies, University of New Hampshire

Imagining Humane Food Practices That Impact Health, Environment and Equity Outcomes (handouts)
Kathleen Kevany, Associate Professor, Business and Social Sciences Department, & Director of Rural Research Centre and Food Systems, Dalhousie University
George C. Wang, Specialist in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, formerly Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
Gene Baur, President, Farm Sanctuary

Contemplative Reading Beyond Technique: Dispositions, Intolerance, Empathetic Engagement (.docx of notes)
Karolyn Kinane, Professor of English, Plymouth State University

Bruja Pedagogies: Re(In)surgent Knowledges (.pdf of notes)
Kirsten Mundt, PhD Candidate, American Studies, University of New Mexico

Garnering Institutional Acceptance for Contemplative Practices: Bridging & Framing Methods (.docx of notes | video)
Lisa Napora, Visiting Scholar, University at Buffalo; Director and Co-founder, The Mindfulness Alliance

Sound Healing in Contemplative Inquiry (.pdf of slides)
Rev. Mary B. O’Malley, MD, PhD, Director of Psychiatric Long Term Care and Behavioral Health Integration, Berkshire Medical Center

"When He Said Weird, I Heard Queer" - Facilitating Powerful Conversations (.pdf of slides)
Anne Randerson, Global Studies and Management, California State University San Marcos
Stacie Chappell, Associate Professor of Management, Western New England University

Contemplative Resistance: The Art of Non Dual Activism (.pdf of slides)
Holly Roach Knight, MA Student, Naropa University & MA Student, Prescott College

Reflective Learning Techniques to Address Power Dynamics in the Classroom (.pdf of slides | video)
David Sable, St. Mary's University
Presenter's notes on the video: 
“This video starts off with some background noise that settles down after the first few minutes. The slides are interjected while the camera focuses mostly on the speaker and sometimes there is too little time to read what is on the slides. It may be necessary to pause at the slides and take the content into account. The speaker is putting the slide content in fresh language that supports the content. The videographer edited out the periods of silence after meditation instructions, the written exercise, and most of the paired interaction work, but did capture the final eight minutes of facilitated discussion at the end. It may be necessary to use headphones to hear what audience members are saying.”

A Journey on Becoming a Change Agent in Academia: Leaning Into Our Discomfort and Withdrawing Our Commitment from Oppressive Spaces (.pdf of slides)
Monika Son, Chair, Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Lectio Divina in Cultural Competency Classrooms: Selecting and Reading Texts (video)
Rachael Tanner, Phd Student in Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio University

Deepening Cross-Racial Dialogue Using Contemplative Practices (video)
Tanya Williams and Diane Goodman, consultants for diversity, inclusion, and social justice


Please do not reproduce or distribute these files without permission from their creator(s). These files are intended for personal and scholarly reference by current ACMHE members and participants of the 2017 ACMHE conference, Radicalizing Contemplative Education.

Radicalizing Contemplative Education

Presentations and Resources from the 2017 ACMHE Conference
October 27-29, 2017 | 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA

Keynote Presentations

Revolutionary Mindfulness (video)
Rhonda V. Magee, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco


Restorative Justice: Mindfulness, Radical Healing and Social Transformation (video)
Fania Davis, Co-Founder and Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Want to submit your presentation materials? Send them to Maya Elinevsky at maya@contemplativemind.org.

Poster Session Presentations

Integrating Contemplative Elements and Creative Expression in the Physics Classroom
Arlette Baljon, Associate Professor, Physics, San Diego State University

The 12 Ds: Diversity Principles for Interaction and Transformative Change
Shelly Harrell, Professor of Psychology and Psy.D Program Researcher, Pepperdine University

Contemplative Approaches to Research Methods
David Sable, Buddhism Instructor, Saint Mary's University

Developing Contemplative Children for an International Social Service Program
Argelia Peña Aguilar, Professor and Researcher, Language and Education, Universidad de Quintana Roo
Monica Alatorre Xool, Undergraduate Student, Universidad de Quintana Roo

Parallel Sessions

Reflecting on Whiteness: Building Our Capacity to Address Race and Racism on Campus and in Communities
Karin Cotterman, Director, Engage San Francisco, University of San Francisco
Michelle Montagno, Chair, Integrated Healthcare, University of San Francisco

"How High?" Inspiring Merit Scholars to Self-Authorship & Social Awareness Through Mindful Scholarship
(Sample syllabus .pdf | Handout)
Joan Gabriele, Director, Undergraduate Enrichment Programs, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jim Walker, Career Diversity Educator, Norlin Scholars Teaching Faculty, University of Colorado, Boulder

Intentional Empathy Through Transformative Phenomenology: Radicalizing Love in an Age of Disdain
Tobias Kroll, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University

Healing Through Leadership: A Process of Critical Love, Compassion and Vulnerability
Monika Son, Counseling Coordinator, SEEK Program, John Jay College

From Entitlement to Accountable Reciprocity: Transformative Leadership in the Global Context of Higher Education
Éliane Ubalijoro, Professor, Practice for Public and Private Sector Partnerships, McGill University

Clearing a Path for Healing to Enter
Tanya Williams, Director, Strategic Partnerships, LeaderShape


Please do not reproduce or distribute these files without permission from their creator(s). These files are intended for personal and scholarly reference by current ACMHE members and participants of the 2016 ACMHE conference, Transforming Higher Education.

Transforming Higher Education

Presentations and Resources from the 2016 ACMHE Conference
October 7-9, 2016 | UMass, Amherst, MA

Keynote Presentation

Ecowomanist Wisdom: Engaging Earth Justice and Contemplative Pedagogies For Such a Time As This (video | slides)
Melanie L. Harris, Associate Professor of Religion, Texas Christian University

Want to submit your presentation materials? Send them to Maya Elinevsky at maya@contemplativemind.org.

Poster Session Presentations

Swans, Silhouettes & Sand: Arts-Advocacy as Community Engagement (slides | poster .pdf)
Esmilda Abreu (Leadership & Mentoring, Montclair State University) & Kristen Richert (Richert Innovation Consulting)

Contemplative Media Studies: Map for an Emerging Field (flyer .pdf)
Kevin Healey (Associate Professor, Media Studies, University of New Hapshire) & Edwin Ng (Lecturer, Media and Communication, Deakin University Australia)

It Takes Two Wings to Fly: Contemplative Pedagogy and Dialogue as Requisites for Transformative Learning (poster .pdf)
Suzan Kommers & Gabe Hall (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Contemplative Pedagogies in Asynchronous Online and Hybrid Undergraduate Management of Aging Services Courses (poster .pdf)
Robin Majeski (Clinical Associate Professor, Aging Studies,University of Maryland at Baltimore County)

Developmental Students and Mindfulness (poster .pdf | descriptive statistics)
Erika K. Nielson (Doctoral Candidate & Teaching Assistant, Developmental Education, Texas State University)

How Students Experience Academic Writing: Mindfulness in the Composition Classroom (poster .pdf | handout)
Pietera Pincock (Graduate Student and Teaching Associate, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, San Diego State University)

Spiritual Mapping as a Contemplative Practice: Crafting Direction Towards Service (poster .pdf)
Rosemary Reilly (Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University)

‘Not Knowing’ in Aotearoa New Zealand (poster .pdf)
Heather Thomas (Senior English Language Teacher, Massey University)

Mindfulness Practice in Oboe Reedmaking: Awakening Artistry (poster .pdf)
Jessica Warren (Doctoral Candidate, Oboe Performance, Boston University) 

Learning How to Learn Through Learning How to Move (poster .pdf)
Nancy Watterson (Associate Professor, American Studies, Cabrini University) and Lan Tran (Founder, Internal Fusion Martial Arts)

Parallel Sessions

Mindfulness Without Ethics: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (slides .pdf | article 1 | article 2)
Jon Brammer (Three Rivers Community College)

Holistic Faculty Development: Writing Renewal Retreats and Contemplative Practices (handout .pdf)
Edward Brantmeier, Jennifer Byrne, Jared Featherstone (James Madison University)

The Implications of Mindfulness Practice in an Online Learning Environment (slides .pdf)
Marilee Bresciani Ludvik (Professor, ARPE, San Diego State University)

Cultural Humility: Reflections on the Body, Power, & Relationships (summary .pdf)
Vivian Roselyn Chávez Ordoñez (Professor, Health Education, San Francisco State University)

Weaving Mindfulness into Online Learning: Benefits for Students of All Ages (Prezi)
Chelsea Kline (Director, Leadership and Career Programs, Bay Path University)

Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional Competence in Higher Education: the vital role of contemplative pedagogy (slides .pdf)
Deborah Donahue-Keegan (Co-Director, MA Consortium for SEL in teacher Education; Lecturer, Education, Tufts University)

How Can Students Co-Create a Contemplative, Socially Just Education? (thesis .pdf)
Vivian Mac (recent graduate, Amherst College)


Please do not reproduce or distribute these files without permission from their creator(s). These files are intended for personal and scholarly reference by current ACMHE members and participants of the 2015 ACMHE conference, Building Just Communities.

Building Just Communities

Presentations and Resources from the 2015 ACMHE Conference
October 8-11, 2015 | Howard University, Washington, DC

Keynote Presentations

Building Just Communities Through Contemplative Teaching and Learning (video | slides)
Rhonda V. Magee, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco; Board Chair, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Developing Individual and Community Wellness: the Work of the Holistic Life Foundation (video)
Andres Gonzales, Ali Smith, and Atman Smith, Co-Founders and Co-Directors, Holistic Life Foundation

Want to submit your presentation materials? Send them to Carrie Bergman at carrie@contemplativemind.org.

Poster Session Presentations

Manifesting Beloved Community: The MEME as Symbolic Representation of Caring
Christine Berding, Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of West Georgia
Sharon Ann Cumbie, Professor, Nursing, University of West Georgia

Walking Mindfully with Middle Schoolers: Developing an After-School Slacklining Curriculum
Jesse Goldman, Undergraduate Student - Senior, Political Science, University of North Carolina Asheville

Compassionate Community Building: The Role of the University
Jesse Goldman, Undergraduate Student - Senior, Political Science, University of North Carolina Asheville

Deeper Human Relationships Through Nature Connectedness and Place
Terri Herbert, Assistant Professor, Science Methods and Inquiry, Indiana, University South Bend
Sara Sage, Associate Professor, Secondary Education, Indiana University South Bend

A Self-Study of Contemplative Pedagogy in a Philosophy Classroom
Sabrina MisirHiralall, Adjunct Professor, History and Social Science, Middlesex County College
David Dillard-Wright, Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of South Carolina - Aiken
Handout (.pdf)

Whole Person Mentorship
Katie Querna, Doctoral Candidate and Lecturer, Social Work, University of Washington

Interactive Sessions

Intentional, Culturally Responsive Evaluation: The Essential Role of Inquiry
B Grace Bullock, Founding Director, Principal Consultant, International Science & Education Alliance


Intention, Method, and Evaluation

Presentations and Resources from the 2014 ACMHE Conference
October 10-12, 2014 | University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Keynote Presentation

Toward mindful assessments: Inquiry in and as practice
Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor of History, Elon University

Want to submit your presentation materials? Send them to Carrie Bergman at carrie@contemplativemind.org.

Poster Session Presentations

Mindful Silence and Centering in Teacher Education
Elizabeth Dorman, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Fort Lewis College

Contemplative Practices’ Role in Sustainability Education: A Community Clarifies Intentions
Jean MacGregor, Director, Curriculum for the Bioregion, Washington Center for Undergraduate Education, The Evergreen State College
David Levy, Professor at the Information School, University of Washington
Mike Gillespie, Philosophy and Humanities, Retired, University of Nebraska and University of Washington

Creativity as a Catalyst for Mindfulness
Khipra Nichols, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School Of Design
See also: Studio Course Overview

An Approach to Integrating Mindfulness into the Social Work Curriculum
Sue Rickers, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Bemidji State University

The Effects of Contemplative Pedagogy on Students’ Well-being in Taiwan
Zack Walsh, Ph.D. Student, Religion, Claremont School Of Theology

Parallel Session Presentations

Mindful Dissonance: Reframing Student “Resistance” to Learning about Oppression
Beth Berila, Director, Women’s Studies Program, Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department, St. Cloud State University
Jason Laker, Professor of Counselor Education, San Jose State University

Mindfulness for Helping Professionals: An evaluation of a live, on-line, 8-week professional development program
Rachael Crowder, Assistant Professor, Social Work, University of Calgary

Feldenkrais Somatic Method of Education: Mindfulness, Movement and Social Change
Mary Margaret Fonow, Professor and Director, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
Richard Goldsand, Faculty Associate, Department of Dance and School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

Integration of Contemplative Practice in an Academic Setting for Transformative Education
Heesoon Jun, Professor, Psychology, Evergreen State College
See also: Contemplative Practice Log, Contemplative Practice References

Racial Mindfulness: Paying Attention to “Racial Moments”
Terri Karis, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Contemplating Self and Other in Transformative Teaching and Learning
Abigail Lynam, Faculty, Pacific Integral
See also: Adult development learning resources

Contemplating Enormity: Climate Change
Abigail Lynam, Faculty, Pacific Integral
Karen Litfin, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Washington
See also: Playing with Perspectives exercise

Measurable Indicators of What Matters Most
David Sable, Religious Studies, Saint Mary's University

Visualizing consciousness: Contemplative music as a catalyst for the creative process
Erika Scilipoti, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Psychology, Naropa University
Khipra Nichols, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design

The Learning Record: Contemplative Practice, Student Evaluation, and Program Assessment
Margaret Syverson, Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin


Integrity of Practice: A Contemplative Vision for Higher Education

Amherst College, Nov. 8-10, 2013

Keynote panel: Daniel Barbezat, David Brown, Rhonda Magee, Kim Weiner

2013 ACMHE Program

2013 Conference Program


Contemplative Practices in the Diverse Academic Community: Inquiry, Connection, Creativity, and Insight

Amherst College, Sept. 21-23, 2012

Keynote speaker: Rhonda Magee, "Contemplating Race, Law and Justice: Some Notes on Pedagogy for Changing the World" (video)

2012 conference

2012 Conference Program


The Contemplative Campus

Amherst College, Nov. 11-13, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Mirabai Bush, "Contemplation Nation: Pedagogy for a Compassionate

2011 conference


2011 Conference Program


The Contemplative Academy

Amherst College, Sept. 24-26, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Prothero, "The Art of Doing Nothing: Wandering as Contemplative

2010 conference


2010 Conference Program


The Contemplative Heart of Higher Education

Amherst College, April 24-26, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Diana Chapman Walsh, "Higher Education in a Time of Stress: The Kingdom is Now or Never"


2009 Conference Program