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.

Fall 2017

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

Contemplative Practices for Faculty and Instructors
Morningside Campus | Register
Wednesday, October 18th 12PM – 1:30PM
Butler Library, Room 212

Columbia University Medical Center | Register
Tuesday, October 17th 12PM – 1:30PM
Armory Track and Field Center, Hospitality Room, 4th Fl

Managing competing obligations and a high workload is a challenge for many instructors. Feeling the “time crunch” can have negative ramifications in the classroom and in our interactions with students and colleagues. This workshop will help you with practical ways to manage stress, enhance quality of life, and stimulate creativity in and out of the classroom. You will experience a variety of techniques to help you establish presence of mind, reflect on your multiple roles as a faculty member, and recognize your place in a larger community.

Contemplative Approaches to Student Engagement
Thursday, November 16th 12PM – 1:30PM
Butler Library, Room 212 | Register

Instructors often wonder what they can do to help their students move from simply surviving college to thriving in college. In this workshop, you will learn how to use contemplative practices to help students approach learning mindfully and form more meaningful and personal connections to their academic pursuits. These tools will help you to deepen student engagement and cultivate their mindset for academic success.

Instructor Testimonials

“I attended Slow Teaching, Deep Learning to expand my pedagogy as a teacher-educator, as well as to extend my own personal contemplative practices. The sessions offered a wonderful balance of theoretical framing and modeling of techniques, and gave me the confidence to immediately try out particular strategies.”

Shira Epstein

Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, JTS

“Everything about teaching today seems to be about efficiency, about speeding up and not about slowing down. I was drawn to the Slow Teaching, Deep Learning program because of its focus on reflection and somatic experience…Most learning is reinforced when there is a physical component, and the skills I took away from the Slow Teaching, Deep Learning workshop will enrich my teaching.”

Lauren Taylor

Lecturer, School of Social Work

Resources from Past Programs

Mindfulness & Meditation. October 2016.
Beholding. November 2016. 
Deep Listening. December 2016.
Contemplative Reading. February 2017.
Contemplative Writing. March 2017.
Movement Practices. April 2017.


CTL Facilitators

Kenny Hirschmann, Senior Learning Designer

Amanda Jungels, Assistant Director of Faculty Programs and Services



For more information about this series, please email