Published: Dec. 16, 2019

The Contemplative Resource Center (CRC) is a network of faculty, staff and students that links diverse initiatives across campus related to contemplative practices. The CRC facilitates opportunities for inner reflection and embodied experience to support holistic health and well-being, and resources for contemplative practices and pedagogy, community building and support on campus. Learn more about the Contemplative Resource Center

Mindfulness and Stress Management Series

Eight week series:

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 21 to Mar. 10
Time: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Location: Fleming 33

Who should attend: Open to Faculty and Staff

Stress management is a concern for everyone in these busy and uncertain times. The Contemplative Resource Center is hosting a workshop series to educate employees on mindfulness and stress-management strategies.In this educational and participatory workshop series, facilitated by licensed clinical social worker and Faculty & Staff Assistance Program Director, Paulette Erickson England, attendees will learn and practice several strategies for reducing everyday life stress, including mindfulness, meditation, visualization, guided imagery, cognitive restructuring, emotional health and regulation, communication, and movement.

Facilitated by Paulette Erickson England.

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Introduction to Meditation

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: CASE E422

Who should attend: Open to students, faculty and staff

Interested in learning to meditate?  Already have a practice and hoping to find others who share your passion for zazen?  Sigman Byrd,PhD. is a senior instructor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric and 11-year zazen practitioner will lead you on a journey of meditation and getting to know your true self. 

Register for Introduction to Meditation with Dr. Sigman Byrd


Teaching to Your Values with Jim Walker, Phd.  

Date: Friday, Jan. 31
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Norlin Library S421

Who should attend: Open to university teaching faculty and graduate student teachers

In every discipline, the challenges of meeting prescribed course outcomes and other institutional mandates can too-often obscure – for both learners and educators – why we do what we do. This hands-on, interactive workshop provides discussion, practical examples, and opportunities to share and develop strategies for allowing your values to motivate and energize your classroom work.

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Art as Contemplation: Find Your Power, Find your Force 

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5
Time: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Location: CASE E422

Who should attend: Open to Students, Faculty and Staff

We will bring awareness to this important part of us through guided meditation and bring it to life by applying art as a contemplative tool. You will receive tools to access your power and force, and will be able to take your drawings with you. It can be helpful to remind us when we need to feel solid, strong, confident, and empowered. Come ready to learn and have fun tapping into your creative side.

Facilitated by Esther Horowitz, MA

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Engaging students with metacognitive practices with Becca Ciancanelli, Phd. 

Date: Friday, Mar. 6
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Norlin Library S421

Who should attend: Open to university teaching faculty and graduate student teachers

Metacognition has been widely studied as a vehicle for increased student engagement in the learning process. Students that are aware of their strengths and weaknesses as learners, writers, readers, test-takers, and group members will be more likely to actively monitor their learning strategies and determine their readiness for particular tasks. Recent research at Google revealed that the seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills such as being a good coach, communicating & listening well and having empathy toward & being supportive of one’s colleagues. Development of these skills relies on strong self awareness regarding wellness and mindset, as well as successful study strategies. This session will include discussion of how to effectively use metacognitive reflection in any classroom, as an inclusive and contemplative practice, to engage students in strengthening these crucial soft skills.

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