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, 12 - 1 pm / 12:30 - 1:30 pm

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: Madison Union 419, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

  • Tuesday: Madison Union 419, 112:30 - 1:30 pm

  • Wednesday: Madison Union 419, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

  • Thursday: Madison Union 206, 12:30-1:30 pm

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


Turning In
Madison Union
Wednesdays from 7 - 8 pm

Turning In encourages individuals to look within themselves and align with our true nature through the practice of meditation.  This club respects all experiences and beliefs, emphasizing cooperation over competition to positively impact the world.

Turning In is a student organization but welcomes everyone to participate in weekly sessions.

Join us every Wednesday from 6-7 pm in Madison Union.  See our Facebook page for room information.