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Radicalizing Contemplative Education: Compassion, Intersectionality, and Justice in Challenging Times

9th Annual ACMHE Conference by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Please note:  this is for guests who will be arriving on Thursday, October 26 (recommended).  If you are arriving on Friday, October 27 , visit our 2-night stay page.

Join us in the rich and revolutionary exploration of new visions for integrating contemplative practices and approaches to further compassion and justice in higher education and beyond. Seeking to recast the traditional foundations of education into a truly integrative, transformative, and communal enterprise, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) supports initiatives and hosts annual conferences for furthering a contemplative, socially just educational vision.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, CMind welcomes teachers, scholars, administrators, practitioners, students, and community activists to this landmark event.

Through keynote presentations, interactive sessions, and workshops, participants will explore how contemplative pedagogies and practices can support transformation on multiple levels—self, classroom, organization, and community—and invite creative approaches to how we imagine and address the challenges of the 21st century.

We will explore:

  • How do contemplative practices deepen our capacities to bear witness to each other’s lived experiences and work together to build more compassionate and just communities?
  • How do contemplative approaches help us understand privilege and empower us to work to transform oppressive structures and processes of exclusion on campus and beyond?
  • How can a contemplative social justice pedagogy facilitate a deep unlearning of dehumanizing ideologies and a deeper ability to sit with the discomfort of that process in order to cultivate more liberatory ways of being with one another?

The setting for the conference—with uplifting gathering spaces and quiet spots for contemplation—provides an ideal context for engaging in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of our time.

For more information about The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society CMIND

If you are a current ACMHE member, don’t forget about your $50 member discount. To receive the member discount code, please follow this link 

If you are interested in applying for an access grant, please apply here 

 

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Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD | Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD | Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD | Carla Sherrell, EdD | Fania Davis, Ph.D | Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, PhD

October 26 - 29, 2017
Thursday-Sunday , 3 nights

$450 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Please note:  this is for guests who will be arriving on Thursday, October 26 (recommended).  If you are arriving on Friday, October 27 , visit our 2-night stay page.

Join us in the rich and revolutionary exploration of new visions for integrating contemplative practices and approaches to further compassion and justice in higher education and beyond. Seeking to recast the traditional foundations of education into a truly integrative, transformative, and communal enterprise, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) supports initiatives and hosts annual conferences for furthering a contemplative, socially just educational vision.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, CMind welcomes teachers, scholars, administrators, practitioners, students, and community activists to this landmark event.

Through keynote presentations, interactive sessions, and workshops, participants will explore how contemplative pedagogies and practices can support transformation on multiple levels—self, classroom, organization, and community—and invite creative approaches to how we imagine and address the challenges of the 21st century.

We will explore:

  • How do contemplative practices deepen our capacities to bear witness to each other’s lived experiences and work together to build more compassionate and just communities?
  • How do contemplative approaches help us understand privilege and empower us to work to transform oppressive structures and processes of exclusion on campus and beyond?
  • How can a contemplative social justice pedagogy facilitate a deep unlearning of dehumanizing ideologies and a deeper ability to sit with the discomfort of that process in order to cultivate more liberatory ways of being with one another?

The setting for the conference—with uplifting gathering spaces and quiet spots for contemplation—provides an ideal context for engaging in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of our time.

For more information about The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society CMIND

If you are a current ACMHE member, don’t forget about your $50 member discount. To receive the member discount code, please follow this link 

If you are interested in applying for an access grant, please apply here 

 

Faculty Bio

Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD

Rhonda V. Magee is professor of law at the University of San Francisco, a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and a student of Buddhism. She is a facilitator of mindful and compassionate communication. In April 2015, she was named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Her teaching and writing is inspired by commitments to compassionate problem-solving and presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and to humanizing education. She sees mindfulness and compassion practices as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation, and is a nationally recognized thought and practice leader in the emerging fields of contemplative legal education and teaching mindfulness and compassion in higher education.

Dr. Magee is the author of numerous articles on mindfulness in legal education, including Educating Lawyers to Meditate? and The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively Using Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices.

 

 

Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD

Éliane Ubalijoro is the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc., and is a professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. At McGill her research focuses on innovation and sustainable development.

She is a member of Rwanda’s National Science and Technology Council, and has lead and been a co-investigator on grants funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenge Explorations program.

She also served as a scientific research and development director in a Montreal-based biotechnology company for five years. She is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame, a member of the board of the International Leadership Association, and a founding signatory of the Fuji Declaration ‎to ignite the divine spark for a thriving world.

Dr. Ubalijoro has contributed to several recent books on transformational leadership, including The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century, Becoming A Better Leader, and Leadership for a Healthy World: Creative Social Change.

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD

Judith Simmer-Brown is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 45 years and is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa’s founder.

As a Naropa Institute founding faculty member in the late 1970s, she and her colleagues pioneered contemplative pedagogy and meditation in the college classroom, and they continue that work with Naropa’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), which she founded.

Dr. Simmer-Brown lectures and writes on Tibetan Buddhism, American Buddhism, women and Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative education. Her book Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism models contemplative scholarship of an esoteric religious tradition, skillfully integrating first-person inquiry with respected third-person research.

She has been active in interreligious dialogue internationally for decades, and as a board member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, she is a frequent contributor to their journal. With Fran Grace, she edited a groundbreaking collection of articles called Meditation and the Classroom.

 

Carla Sherrell, EdD

Carla Sherrell is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology in the Somatic Counseling Department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The focus of her work is the integration of the theory and practice of counselor, social justice, and contemplative education in service to personal, interpersonal, community, and institutional transformation in the 21st century. She is a member of Naropa’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE) steering committee, and of the faculty Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

In private practice, Carla is a social justice consultant, working regionally and nationally, supporting educational institutions, nonprofits, and businesses in becoming vibrant socially just communities.

She has presented on social justice education at conferences sponsored by the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, National Association for Multicultural Education, National Coalition for Equity in Education, Metropolitan Community Churches, University of Colorado, and the Colorado and Wyoming School-University Partnership for Educational Renewal.

Carla is in discernment for ordination in the Metropolitan Community Churches.

 

Fania Davis, Ph.D
Dr. Davis, co-founder and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), a national thought leader in the field, she is a long-time social justice activist, a restorative justice scholar and professor, and a civil rights attorney with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Dr. Davis a passionate commitment to social transformation.
For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, socialist, anti-imperialist, anti-racial violence and antiapartheid movements. After receiving her law degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1979, Dr. Davis practiced almost 27 years as a civil rights trial lawyer with a subspecialty in academic discrimination. During the late 1990’s, she entered a Ph.D. program in indigenous studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly in Africa.
Dr. Davis has since taught Restorative Justice and Indigenous Peacemaking at graduate and undergraduate levels. She has also served as counsel to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.
Dr. Davis speaks and writes on the subjects of School-Based Restorative Justice, Race and Restorative Justice, the Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice, Social Justice and Restorative Justice, Truth and Reconciliation, Youth-based Restorative Justice, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Mass Incarceration, and other topics.
Numerous honors include the Ubuntu Service to Humanity award, the Maloney award recognizing exceptional contributions in youth-based restorative justice, World Trust’s Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) Award, the Bioneer’s Changemaker Award, and the LaFarge Social Justice Award. She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
The Los Angeles Times named Dr. Davis a “New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century”. She is a mother, grandmother, dancer, and yoga and qigong practitioner.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, PhD

Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu balances Eastern and Western wisdom and science in Heartfulness–a way of living with mindfulness, compassion, and responsibility.

His practice of designing healing communities in the U.S., Japan, and other parts of Asia integrates his transcultural life experience and training in East Asian medicine in Japan and clinical psychology at Harvard.

He was professor and director of the International Center at the University of Tokyo and at Stanford is co-founder of LifeWorks, teaching diverse Heartfulness courses in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity and Health & Human Performance. Author of books in Japanese and English, his latest is From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Transforming Self and Society with Compassion (January 2018).

Why Attend

  • Get involved in the conversations at the forefront of the movement to integrate contemplative practices in higher education and beyond.

  • Connect with others to explore ways in which students, educators, and administrators on today’s college campuses engage with each other to ensure the holistic development of the mind, body, and spirit.

  • Be inspired to affect change in our education system and communities through actionable steps backed by research, shared knowledge, and experience.

  • Understand the forces that perpetuate failures in social justice, and find strength in community and contemplative approaches to be an agent of change.

  • Keynotes

    Revolutionary Mindfulness

    Rhonda V. Magee, professor at the University of San Francisco, identifies research and practices that support the communion of inner work, interpersonal work, and systemic change. She challenges contemplative educators, administrators, and leaders to make revolutionary mindfulness the foundation of our work.

    The Future of Contemplative Education: Transforming Spiritual Bypassing Culture?

    Carla Sherrell and Judith Simmer-Brown of Naropa University celebrate the accomplishments of CMind while considering whether the contemplative education movement may be bypassing issues of social justice and racism in a form of institutional, structural spiritual bypassing.

    From Entitlement to Accountable Reciprocity: Transformative Leadership in the Global Context of Higher Education

    Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro, from McGill University, shares what she has learned about border crossings and the possibilities opened through the contemplative practice of experiencing differences as gifts to share and enrich each other rather than sources of division, domination, or exclusion.

     

Things to Know & Schedule

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    If you are a current ACMHE member, don’t forget about your $50 member discount. To receive the member discount code, please follow this link 

    If you are interested in applying for an access grant, please apply here 

     

  • Special Details

    Please plan to arrive Thursday for check-in. The program will start Friday morning.

     

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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