During 2018, more than 130 experts and change makers completed our survey or were interviewed to explore the landscape of Contemplative Education (CE) across Europe.
We created a fascinating report, click on it below, to get the Community going. It covers the following themes:
- What is CE? Why do we use the term ‘contemplative’, what does it mean?
- Why do we need CE more than ever right now? How can it help transform education to respond to
current challenges and our social and environmental ‘crises’?
- What elements are at the heart of CE (e.g. mindfulness, contemplative pedagogy, meditation,
compassion, kindness, empathy, the body/embodiment, and their underpinnings in psychology and
- What does CE add to areas in education that link strongly to it (e.g social and emotional learning,
wellbeing, mental health difficulties, ethics and values).
- How does CE relate to education more generally (e.g. through holistic/whole school-university
approaches, whole person approaches, teacher education, links with the community)
- How might CE help efforts towards educational transformation and critical social and
- What is happening in CE across Europe? What is happening in the countries and regions that make up
Europe? What factors may be helping and hindering its development? Where is leadership and innovation
coming from? What programmes and approaches are being used?
- Why do we need the Community of Contemplative Education? What might be its role? What might it
do to help build CE across Europe? (e.g. advocacy for CE, inspiring and raising awareness, policy change).
- How can we best build the CCE across Europe? e.g. start with a focus on adults, find a flexible
language that fits and works, build partnerships and community, promote many kinds of relevant and
rigorous science and evidence, balance wisdom traditions with a secular approach).