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Slow Teaching, Deep Learning:

Creating Contemplative Communities
How can we apply the principles of mindfulness to teach and learn more effectively? This series for members of the Columbia teaching community seeks to develop reflective communities of inquiry through contemplative practice. In each session, participants will engage with emerging research regarding the benefits of mindfulness in and outside of the classroom, and be guided through exercises they can potentially apply to their personal and pedagogical practices.


Contemplative Reading
Friday, February 3
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Butler 212


Contemplative Writing
Friday, March 3
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Butler 212


Movement Practices
Friday, April 7
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Butler 212


Learn about the program below

When and Where

During Spring 2017, the CTL is holding three Slow Teaching sessions in Butler Library Room 212. Participants are welcome to register for individual sessions or the whole series. Light refreshments will be served.


These workshops are open to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. No prior knowledge of contemplative pedagogy is required.

Program Description

Contemplative Reading
How can contemplative reading support learning as a participatory experience? How might the intentional integration of silence and reflection make reading aloud in class more meaningful? In this session, we will consider the ways in which contemplative reading can bring greater understanding and connection to the words of a text.

Contemplative Writing
How can we engage with writing in ways that enhance contemplation in the classroom? What is the value of different modes of contemplative writing? In this session, we will explore contemplative writing as a practice that helps foster inquiry and enhances learning as a process.

Movement Practices
How can we engage somatic awareness and centering through movement practices? In this session, we will explore a variety of techniques for developing presence and somatic awareness through the use of labyrinths, walking meditation, and yoga. We will consider how these movement practices can influence and inform teaching and learning in your classroom.

Related Programs and Services

If you are unable to attend our sessions in the spring, we hope to see you at Slow Teaching in Fall 2017.
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Mindfulness & Meditation. October 2016.
Beholding. November 2016. 
Deep Listening. December 2016.
Contemplative Reading. February 2017.
Contemplative Writing. March 2017.
Movement Practices. April 2017.

Photo of Tree of Contemplate Practices


For more information about this series, please contact CTL Senior Learning Designer Kenny Hirschmann (

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