Caring for Life


In 2023, MLE is... Caring for Life. Click here to learn more!

Core Enaction 2nd Semester: Started on 22nd Feb!

We are delighted to announce that the Second Semester of Core Enaction, our four-part online learning curriculum, launched on the 22nd February! You can catch the live-stream and recordings here

Our 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.

Annual Theme 2023: Caring for Life

What does caring look like in the midst life's precariousness? In 2023 we will attempt to unpack – playfully, enactively – the notion of care, in not just its theoretical guise, but as a form of ethical know-how and ecological imperative. 

Mind Matters Talk: Gaia's Voices

On February 15th, Bruce Clarke and Sébastien Dutreuil gave a fascinating Mind Matters talk on Gaia’s emergence and growth as a scientific and cultural concept, entitled: "Gaia’s Voices: The Scientific Collaboration of James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis"

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.


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!

EVA Alumni Talks

The 'EVA Alumni Talks' provide an opportunity for the awardees of our annual European Varela Awards (EVAs) to share some of the most fascinating findings from these research projects with a wider audience.

We hear how the EVA project has helped to shape the longer arc of these researchers’ careers, foster new interdisciplinary collaborations, and encourage novel methodological approaches.

Join us for the latest talks!

Film Screening

On April 12th, as a community, we watched the film, Tukdam: Between Worlds (2022), together on Vimeo, followed by an evocative Q&A and discussion with the film director, Donagh Coleman, a 2022 EVA awardee. 

Learn more here!

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".

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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.