Contemplative Science Symposium 2019: Education Panel
At our Contemplative Science Symposium in 2019, experts discussed the role of education in today's society and its development towards integration of more contemplative elements. The panel was led by Andreas Roepstorff and included the following speakers: Katherine Weare, Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang, Jamila Tressel and Dan Siegel.
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Katherine Weare, United Kingdom
Katherine Weare, Principal Investigator of the Community of Contemplative Education (CCE) at Mind & Life Europe talks about the richness of education that goes beyond conventional ways of schooling and is closely linked to what matters to contemplatives, e.g. questions of human values, compassion and kindness or the ability to make sense of the world.
I've been very struck with working across the fields of education and mindfulness about how both fields don't always understand the sheer depth and complexity of one another. - Katherine Weare, United Kingdom
Paloma Sainz, Spain
In this video, Paloma Sainz, current member of the Community of Contemplative Edcuation (CCE), talks about her personal experience in the area of mindfulness and how she travelled the world to learn more about its application in schools.
And then the big connection we have between all human beings. We are so, so similar. (...) We all want to be in a safe place, loved, and that's why I'm doing what I'm doing now. - Paloma Sainz, Spain
Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir, Iceland
Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir from Iceland talks about her work related to research on a holistic approach in education which needs to include contemplative elements. Being a member of the Community of Contemplative Education (CCE), she feels a connection based on the joint passion for the topic of wellbeing in education.
I believe there is no education without educating the mind and the heart, educating the whole child. (...) We don't know what skills future occupations will need, but we know that the world needds good people with good social and emotional skills. - Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir, Iceland
Hans Burghardt, Spain
Hans Burghardt teaches mainly Buddhist philosophy and is involved in bringing SEE learning into Spain. He talks about how the potential to be compassionate and become ethical human beings is not explicitly included in education today - and how Contemplative Education can offer the tools, the knowledge and the space to let students find out who they are.
(...) for me it's pretty clear that Contemplative Education is education par excellence. It is great to have education to train ourself, develop our technical skills, scientific skills, but somehow I have the feeling that we have focus on what we are. We are human beings, we are social beings. - Hans Burghardt, Spain
Pilar Aguilera, Spain
Pilar Aguilera talks about her own experience of applying contemplative studies in the field of education. Not only students, but also teachers can gain great value like increased focus, more enthusiasm and less stress.
Mindfulness and contemplative education is a key aspect in schools today. From my experience (...) I have seen that when teachers practice mindfulness, they feel calmer and more grounded, they are more innovative and enthusiastic about teaching. - Pilar Aguilera, Spain
Kami Dvorakova, Czech Republic
Kami Dvorakova talks about her work related to projects in mindfulnes and mental health in education. The main reason she chose to work in mindfulness-based education is her interest in progress.
We need to wake up to the reality that the traditional educational system does not serve the whole child. Math and history are not enough. - Kami Dvorakova, Czech Republic
Orlaith O'Sullivan, Ireland
In her work, Orlaith O'Sullivan supports people to practise mindfulness and cultivate happiness, especially in the context of education. Her aim is to create happier communites.
So we learn how to take care of ourselves, so that we can take care of everyone else in our life. (...) When we create a space where everyone can participate just as they are, at their level, then it's true inclusion. - Orlaith O'Sullivan, Ireland
Helle Jensen, Germany
How can Contemplative Education (CE) can support us during challenging times? Helle Jensen talks about the program she's involved in as well as about particular issues during the pandemic.
We work at the ability to create, maintain and, when necessary, restore healthy and mutually beneficial relationships. - Helle Jensen, Germany
Oren Ergas, Israel
Oren Ergas is involved in research and teaching of contemplative practices in higher education in general and specifically in teacher education. He talks about what might mindfulness practice can contribute to teaching in the classroom.
What makes me work in this field? It all begins with my personal journey into these practices that has begun over twenty years ago, struggling to figure out life. (...) - Oren Ergas, Israel
Rony Berger, Israel
Rony Berger, from the Compassion and Mindfulness Center at Tel Aviv University, talks about the development of a social-emotional and contemplative practices program to be implemented in schools around Israel.
We know that contemplative practices are very useful on an individual basis - I know it from my own personal experience as well as from my colleagues. - Rony Berger, Israel
Hai Nguyen Phuoc, Vietnam
Hai Nguyen Phuoc from Vietnam talks about the Happy Schools Project centered around mindfulness where students and teachers learn how to care for themselves and care for others.
We want to create a place where students can contribute to a sustainable society. - Hai Nguyen Phuoc, Vietnam
Prof. Katherine Weare's presentations (part 1 + 2) at the inaugural CCE meeting September 2018. To view the full presentations please click on it.
Presentation of the AVE Institut für Achtsamkeit Verbundenheit Engagement about their Teacher Training Modules. To view the full presentation please click on it.