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Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry Center

In 2016, students participating in Dr. Klatt's Mindfulness and Contemplative courses began providing ideas about what the Center space should look like. They were asked what type of space would provide a sense of refuge and care while being inclusive and accessible? How can students have more choices about how they interact in the classroom? What types of classroom props (cushions, mats, blankets) support embodied contemplative inquiry? Now, students utilize our space for classes, to co-develop programs, assist with community presentations, learn about and engage in research, drop in self-care, and to practice (meditation, yoga, compassion, ritual, other contemplative practices). Stop by 128 McGuffey to see us!

Mindfulness Center Space


We began teaching courses during the 2015-16 academic year

Fall 2020 Course Offerings:

EDL 222

Introduction to Mind-Body Learning Lab This course is an introduction to mindfulness and contemplative practices (movement, ritual, creative, relational, activist, generative, stillness) their global/cultural histories, readings, and reflection. Mindfulness, meditation, visualization, self-compassion, practices used in this course provide students with a mind/body approach to learning, living, and acting. This lab can be taken alone as a one-credit course.

EDL 422/522 - Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry

Course participants familiar with contemporary versions of meditation, yoga, visualization, explore their unique global histories, critically examine their contemporary uses, and/or consider how to thoughtfully utilize these practices in the context of personal/professional well-being, education, spirituality/meaning/purpose, leadership, and/or cultural proficiency. Students explore at least one contemplative practice experientially, historically, critically, and apply this knowledge to their own unique project. Students will critically examine a practice (or practices) using contemplative inquiry methods. These practices are designed to support students as fully embodied human beings. Student participation includes readings, individual practice inquiry, group / relational practices, and engaging ideas with individuals/groups outside the traditional classroom structure (community).

Previous Course Offerings:

EHS 401/501 - Life, Meaning and Mindfulness

During this course, students learn about mindfulness and contemplative practices in the context of meaning making theories and their own lived experiences. Particular attention is drawn to how awareness practices impact one's own and others' experiences. Students explore mindfulness across multiple disciplines and consider its varied definitions. As a result of formal/informal experiential practices, readings, reflections, and discussions, each course participant will develop a deeper understanding of themself, their connection to others and the world.

EHS 422/522 - Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry S2

Contemplative Inquiry Lab (Miami Plan Foundation II) (now EDL422/522)

Center Drop-In

Students participating in mindfulness and contemplative classes gave suggestions about what would make this classroom attentive and responsive to culture and power, designed for holistic student centered learning, inspiring creativity, all while aligning with global 21st century working and living spaces. While classes occur in this space, it is also a drop in center for comfort, care, and active inquiry as students utilize yoga mats, bolsters, bean bags, Back J’s, blankets (weighted), massage chairs, heating pads, aromatherapy, plants and herbs, manipulatives, flexible lighting, and more. Our hours change each semester so stay tuned for our Fall 2020 hours.

Weekly Meditation

We hold a basic mindfulness meditation on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:00am in 128 McGuffey. All are welcome.

Lab / Volunteer

This lab is focused on the science and the practice of mindfulness, compassion, and various contemplative practices. Students, faculty, and community members, are invited to question and actively engage in conversation, experimentation, inquiry, research, and embodied inquiry. They participate in community projects, research projects, support presentations / programs, help plan and develop mindfulness week.