Who We Are
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) is an independent and secular 501-c3 nonprofit organization based in western Massachusetts. Founded in 1997, we're a small organization with just four full-time staff members, yet we're the hub of an international network of over 12,000 education professionals, changemakers, and contemplative practitioners.
What We Do
CMind's mission is to transform higher education through contemplative practices. Our primary initiative is the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE), a multidisciplinary academic association serving 800 educators, administrators, staff, students, and researchers. Our other initiatives include:
- the annual ACMHE conference, the primary and longest-running conference on contemplative pedagogy;
- week-long intensive Summer Sessions on Contemplative Teaching and Learning;
- monthly webinars presented by innovative educators in our network;
- The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, a peer-reviewed online journal on contemplative education;
- creating and sharing tools and resources for contemplative teaching, practice, community building, activism, and resilience.
What is Contemplative Pedagogy?
Contemplative pedagogy is an approach to teaching that uses, and develops, students' capacities for reflection, introspection, and self-awareness. Contemplative methods invite students to engage deeply with what they are learning and discover how it is relevant to their own experience. Contemplative methods can be used throughout the curriculum.
What's the difference between CMind and ACMHE?
CMind is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which operates various initiatives that support the use of contemplative practices in higher education. The ACMHE (Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education) is CMind's primary initiative: a professional membership association for faculty, staff, administrators, and researchers in higher education.
CMind staff members provide the administrative and operational support for ACMHE. ACMHE members provide guidance for ACMHE-affiliated activities such as the association's annual conference and the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemplative Inquiry.
History and Growth of CMind/ACMHE
ACMHE membership rates;
Presentation proposals at the annual ACMHE conference;
Submissions to the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (published by CMind);
Increases in contemplative programming at higher education institutions, including faculty learning communities, degree-granting programs, and contemplative/mindfulness centers.