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Contemplative pedagogy to promote reflection and well-being

In recognition of the transformation we are all undergoing, the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is leading a Contemplative Pedagogy initiative in support of the teaching and learning community.

As we emerge from the isolation of remote work and teaching, it is important to focus on restoring and enhancing our well-being in order to re-energize our relationship with teaching and learning. Mindfulness, compassion and contemplative pedagogy offer entry points to starting new practices which support safe, welcoming and healthy learning environments.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), as evidenced in the research of Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer, is proven to reduce stress, increase connection to others and strengthen emotional resilience. It also offers the possibility of fostering community and action-based compassionate understanding.

The CTL Contemplative Pedagogy initiative includes:

The initiative will also include resources, a speaker series, workshops, a reading group, and a research component to foster continuous growth and engagement with contemplative practices across higher education. More details to follow.

Learn more about the program and register for a session!

The weekly drop-in meditation sessions are open to Concordia faculty, staff, and students.

Note: Weekly Mindful Mondays are taking place weekly October 24 to December 19, 2022, January 16 to April 3, 2023 and April 17 to May 1, 2023, inclusive.

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Series of sessions for faculty members only

Mindful Self-Compassion program for faculty

This program, available at no cost for Concordia faculty members, will be offered Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. in the winter term, 2023. The comprehensive program includes 9 weekly sessions of 3 hours each.

Participants should plan to practice MSC for at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program. Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises and group discussions.

Facilitators: Dr. Rami Nijjar and Kim Zombik, Resilience Psychotherapy

Learn more and register for the Monday morning or Friday afternoon series

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