Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning

Building capacities for awareness, connection, and values-aligned education


The Contemplative Sciences Center in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence is now accepting applications from faculty from all UVA schools, career stages, and backgrounds to participate in a week-long pilot, the Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning, to be held (likely over Zoom) June 7-11, 2021. This Institute will support and connect faculty who aim to embrace a more holistic approach to teaching and learning that fosters student flourishing, personal renewal, and systems change.
The Institute’s curriculum is grounded in inquiry, awareness of self, and connection to others. Through practices, discussion, and interactive exercises, participants will explore and reconnect with the values and passions that brought them to their disciplines and to teaching. Participants will develop and share concrete strategies for integrating contemplative inquiry into the design or re-design of a course or assignment to support critical thinking, foster creative expression, and deepen students’ connections with the material and one another. The Institute may also help prepare instructors to facilitate profoundly active, contemplative, and experiential learning in the Contemplative Commons class lab spaces, slated to open in 2023.

There is no fee for this pilot program. Prior experience with contemplative practice and/or pedagogy is very welcome but not required. Participants will have the option to participate in a year-long Community of Practice in Fall 2021 & Spring 2022. 

Application deadline: April 16, 2021

Facilitators: Karolyn Kinane, Contemplative Sciences Center; Dorothe Bach, Center for Teaching Excellence

Questions? Contact Karolyn Kinane at


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