Caring for Life


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

Core Enaction 2nd Semester: Open for Applications!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the second semester of our four-part online learning curriculum, Core Enaction. Applications are now open! The deadline is midnight Sunday 15th February. Apply 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.

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Mind Matters Talk: Gaia's Voices

Join us on Wednesday, February 15th for a fascinating talk by Bruce Clarke and Sébastien Dutreuil 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"

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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.