CACE Contemplative Education Colloquia explore topics in contemplative education by engaging Naropa faculty from various disciplines to share and discuss their relevant teaching methodologies, research and insights. While focused on contemplative pedagogy, these monthly colloquia are open to all members of the Naropa community and the public. For more information, contact Charlotte Rotterdam.
This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.
The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.
The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, counseling, Buddhist studies, and the arts.
Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies
Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College/CACE Director
Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dale Asrael, MA, Associate Professor, Mindfulness-Based Counseling
Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance
Paul Bialek, MA, Assistant Professor, Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology
Jane Carpenter, MA, Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology
Toward A Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogic Imaginary: Deep Learning Experiences Focused on Wholeness and Social Justice
How do we create an education that is purposeful and meaningful at a deep level and able to assist students to become impactful social change agents as they meet an increasingly complex world? This public talk will introduce a “sentipensante (sensing/thinking) pedagogy” that emphasizes wholeness, contemplative engagement and social justice. Participants will be guided in the development of deep, culturally-validating experiences for diverse learners.
Contemplative Engagement: Teaching and Learning for Wholeness and Social Change
This 1.5 day interactive workshop for K-12 and post-secondary educators will focus on addressing two key questions:
The culmination of this workshop will be a participant-designed teaching and learning project which includes diverse contemplative tools.
Laura I. Rendón's Keynote Address, Naropa University, 2015: