Contemplative Practices for Self-Care (Faculty Community)
Location: Rose Library room 5211

This Faculty Community is offered on Wednesdays (12:00 PM-1:00 PM) during the regular semester.

How do educators and faculty leaders take care of their inner life during the hustle and bustle of the academic year?  Join a community who engage in self-care through exploring contemplative practices.  Mindfulness meditation/quiet centering practice, walking meditation, metta (loving kindness) meditation, and compassionate listening will be explored. Research on contemplative practices suggest that they can help to foster focus, self-regulation, insight, empathy, and an interpersonal connection to others (APA article, Psychology Today article). 

Explore contemplative practices and discuss your experiences in a community of peers at this weekly opportunity.  In addition, participants will discuss how contemplative practices apply to other aspects of their teaching, scholarship, career, and to work-life integration.   

Note:  Drop-in participation is welcome.  Weekly participation is encouraged.  Regular participants will be invited and encouraged to co-lead contemplative practices to gain facilitation confidence—if so interested. 

Co-Sponsor: The Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practice, JMU.

Facilitator: Ed Brantmeier, Ph. D.  Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department and Center for Faculty Innovation.  

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Experiencing contemplative practices;

  • Applying contemplative practices to scholarship, teaching, career planning, and work-life integration.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Identifying strategies to maintain balance in work-life continuum.


Madison Meditates
Madison Union
Monday through Friday

Feeling stressed or scatterbrained? Join us any day of the week for an hour of mindful meditation practice in Madison Union (Taylor) 206 or 419 to calm your nerves and quiet the mind. No experience is necessary and all mats, cushions and chairs are provided. Each day offers a slightly different flavor of meditation depending on the faculty facilitator:

  • Monday: Meditate with Mecca Baker and Vic Tedrow, Madison Union 419, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

  • Tuesday: Qigong with Blue Heron Healing Arts Instructor Grayson Pritchard, Madison Union 419, 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Wednesday: Meditative Creative Arts Exploration with Professor Karin Tollefson-Hall, Madison Union 419, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

  • Thursday: Mindfullness, Mantras, and More with Shari Scofield (aka Jyoti), Madison Union 206, 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Friday: Yoga Nidra!, Madison Union 419, 12:00 - 1:00 pm