Standing at the Edge


In 2022, MLE is... Standing at the Edge. Click here to learn more!

New: Core Enaction Program

Our new Core Enaction Program is an online coursethat aims to give a new generation of students and researchers access to the rich lineage of enactive thought.

The first semester includes seven sessions and focuses on the genealogy of the enactive approach. You can learn more about the Core Enaction Program, and find links to the session recordings here.

Mind Matters webinar with Martine Batchelor

On Wednesday, December 14th at 18:00 CET, Martine Batchelor will give the next talk in our Mind Matters webinar series about the art of meditative listening and speaking while standing at the edge.  

EVA Alumni Talk with Dr. Josipa Mihic

On Thursday, November 24th at 18:00 CET, Dr. Josipa Mihic gave a talk in the EVA Alumni series entitled, "Towards a Caring & Mindful Schools Model". This research was supported by Mind & Life Europe's European Varela Awards in 2015.

Watch the recording here!

Mind and Life Europe acts as catalyst for a more humane society

Understanding the mind and cultivating the heart

Every day, we support vital work that transforms our scientific understanding of the human mind and its capacity to develop positive mental states. We believe that when contemplative wisdom and practices are fully integrated into modern day science it has the power to act as a catalyst for human, societal and natural flourishing. This is the promise of what we call contemplative science.

The main message, to me, is the importance for human beings to learn how to become experts on their own mind. -- Francisco J. Varela

Together with the world's leading scientists, contemplative scholars, and healthcare, educational and management practitioners, we create an open and interdisciplinary dialogue between modern sciences and contemplative practices and share our findings with the world.


Previous Events

ESRI 2022

From August 22nd-26th, we welcomed young researchers, senior investigators, professionals, and research fellows from a diverse range of disciplines to the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Pomaia, Italy for our annual European Summer Research Institute, focusing on "Learning with Others: Living Connection and Transmission".

Les Colloques de Cerisy 2022

From August 13-19th we partnered with Les Colloques de Cerisy for their annual summer program on Francisco Varela. 

This year's program is entitled: "Francisco Varela: A Current Thought: Autopoeisis, Enaction, and Phenomenology"

"Natural Qualities of the Mind" dialogue with Mingyur Rinpoche

On Thursday August 11th, MLE partnered with the Tergar Meditation Community to offer an exciting dialogue into the "Natural Qualities of the Mind" with Mingyur Rinpcohe, Dr. Antoine Lutz and Dr. Marieke Van Vugt, moderated by HolgerYeshe.

MLE Programs

MLE Friends Community

MLE Friends is a community for people who seek to foster human flourishing in connection with the science and wisdom traditions.

As an MLE Friend, your benefits include exclusive interactive webinars and an exclusive webcast series on a range of intriguing topics in the form of short videos. 

Learn more here!

Varela 20/30

In 2021 MLE paid tribute to two anniversaries: the 20th of Francisco's passing in 2001 and the 30th of the publication of The Embodied Mind

Our program series was titled: Embodiment and Enaction - Varela & Friends 20/30

In this series we intitated several public programs: 'Francisco & Friends' webinars, 'Ouroboros' Seminars and more! 

Standing at the Edge

In 2022, the metaphor of “Standing at the Edge” has emerged as a possible framework for the questions that will be explored, enacted, and unpacked through the year’s programs and events. This year, we have been exploring this concept through our pre-exisitng programs such as 'MLE Friends' webinars, the MLE Retreat and 'Mind Matters' webinars. 

Learn more about the concept here.