Mindful & Contemplative Pedagogy Programs

Mindful & Contemplative Pedagogy Programs

Join us for CELT’s mindful and contemplative programs to promote contemplative practice (mindfulness) in the learning environment.

Interested in learning more about this teaching strategy? See the Mindful & Contemplative Pedagogy page.

Upcoming programs

Webinar, Don’t Set Yourself on Fire to Keep Others Warm

Self-compassion and mindfulness are important resources for everyone as we transition to a new normal on campus. In this webinar facilitated by a staff member from Student Counseling Services we will understand the impact of burnout and learn coping strategies for creating a culture of wellness and self-care in your own life and learning environment. Faculty, staff, and graduate students will leave this webinar with university campus resources to feel supported on their journey.

Webinar, Explore the Benefits of Mindfulness in Your Classroom

Learning online can offer different challenges and especially so during the time of a global pandemic. Using mindfulness practices can mitigate heightened anxiety and stress in your learning environment. Join Karen Couves (CELT) and Carrie Giese (Student Wellness) as they explore the student perspective of mindfulness in the online classroom. Participants will experience mindfulness practices, share their ideas of building community and connection with students, and leave with ways to incorporate more mindfulness in their lives and classrooms.

Myths of Mindfulness (Douglas Gentile)

  • Oct. 5, 12:10-1:30 PM, 2030 Morrill

Meditation is like exercise – everyone knows it would be good for them, but they don’t really want to do it. Part of the reason some people have a difficult time maintaining a mindfulness practice is because they believe one or more of the myths of mindfulness, such as you’re supposed to stop thinking. In this workshop, Douglas Gentile, Psychology Professor, will explore several of the myths of mindfulness and do some practices to see how to begin a sustainable personal practice. Register using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, email celt@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-5357. Please feel free to bring and enjoy your lunch during the workshop.

The Science of Happiness: Incorporating Positive Psychology into Your Classroom (Chad Cardani-Trollinger)

  • Nov. 10, 12:10-1:00 PM, 2030 Morrill

How does happiness intersect with learning? Chad Cardani-Trollinger, LAS Leadership Studies Assistant Teaching Professor, will share with you what we know about happiness and positive psychology, and how we might apply these principles successfully in learning environments. Join this discussion about happiness from a science perspective and share with colleagues implementation techniques. Participants, both experienced and novice, will leave this session with ideas for bringing more happiness into their classrooms and personal lives. Register using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, email celt@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-5357. Please feel free to bring and enjoy your lunch during the workshop.