Ouroboros Seminars (Varela 20/30)

Over the past weeks, we've successfully initiated the Ouroboros Seminars 2021 with outstanding speakers like Louis Kauffman, Evan Thompson and Tom Froese.

Themed "Life and Work of Francisco Varela", this lecture series is co-organized with Metanoia (Slovenia) and live-streamed on YouTube.

Varela Int'l. Symposium (Varela 20/30)

We are inviting you to the Varela International Symposium on the topic of 'An Exploration of Uncertainty and Emergence in Self and Society'.

This online event takes place May 14-16 and is co-organized with Upaya Zen Center (USA), Nirakara (Spain) and L'ADM (France) with translations into Spanish and French.

Les Colloques Cerisy (Varela 20/30)

As part of the Varela 20/30 event series, we are partnering with Les Colloques Cerisy (France) on a Tribute Day dedicated to Francisco Varela on May 20.

Themed “Francisco Varela, a Thinker for Our Time” this day will also serve as the kick-off for a six-day event in 2022.

Volunteering: two open positions

Given all the manifold programs, events and initiatives we are bringing into action this year, we are looking for people to join the Mind & Life Europe team.

Currently, there are two volunteering positions at open for application: content creator and social media designer.

ESRI 2021: Applications are open!

This year's European Summer Research Institute (ESRI) is themed 'Care for life: Enacting knowledge in an interdependent and uncertain world’.

It will take place online from August 16-20, 2021. Explore the details and apply now!

Mind & Life Europe on YouTube

We are excited to share talks, webinars and recordings of online events with you on our YouTube channel.

Tune in to watch the first two series of our 'Beyond Confines' webcast on philosophy and education, 'Mind Matters' talks, Ouroboros Seminars and much more!

A catalyst for human flourishing

How to understand the mind and cultivate 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 and societal 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.

MLE Initiative: Education

We cultivate a contemplative and mindfulness based education with our Community of Contemplative Education (CCE) that includes members from all over Europe.

Films on climate change

We are excited to share with you the series of films "Climate Emergency - Feedback Loops" produced by Barry Hershey (MLE Association member) and narrated by Richard Gere.

MLE Friends

Join our MLE Friends community to meet like-minded people and seek to foster contemplative science. Enjoy benefits like exclusive webinars and discounts on MLE events.

ESRI 2020 (online)

In 2020, we held the first ever online European Summer Research Institute (ESRI). Themed "Grounding Knowledge in Uncertainty" more than 100 participants from 27 countries joined the event.

CSS 2019

The Contemplative Science Symposium themed "Beyond Confines - Integrating Society, Consciousness and Society" took place in October 2019 in Fürstenfeldbruck (near Munich, Germany).

MLE Retreat

Following our Symposium in 2019, we held our first MLE Retreat for young researchers in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany.
Our last MLE Retreat took place online on February 12-14, 2021.