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!

European Varela Awards 2020: Recipients

We are proud to announce the European Varela Awards 2020 Recipients!

With cutting-edge research projects that span various disciplines, we are excited to support the next generation of researchers in contemplative science!

Two anniversaries: Varela 20/30

This year MLE will be paying tribute to two anniversaries:

the 20th of Francisco Varela’s passing in 2001 and the 30th of the publication of the influential book The Embodied Mind in 1991, co-authored by Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson and Eleanor Rosch.

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 next MLE Retreat will take place online on February 12-14, 2021.