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

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.

Introduction to the Strolls for Wellbeing: Press Pause & Take a Break

  • Nov. 11, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM, 3512 Memorial Union

If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or simply need to step away from your workspace, the Strolls for Well-being at ISU were created to offer you various opportunities on central campus, or to pause wherever you are. Whether you have 30 minutes or 5 minutes, these materials have been designed to be flexible and fit into your schedule. Join Sue Tew Warming (ISU WellBeing) and Karen Couves (CELT) for an introduction to the Strolls. Frequently asked questions will be addressed and the flexibility of this program will be experienced. Make the time to take a few deep breaths, notice the natural beauty around you, and simply ‘be’ for a few moments.

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.

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  • Jan. 11, 11:10 AM-12:00 PM, via Zoom

As a campus community, we continue to navigate challenges in our learning spaces. Incorporating mindfulness practices can mitigate anxiety and stress in your learning environment while also enhancing community and connection. Join Karen Couves (CELT) and Carrie Giese (Student Wellness) as they explore a variety of practices to enhance the learning experience in your classroom. Participants will experience mindfulness practices, share their ideas of building community and connection with students, and leave with multiple options to foster community and care in the classroom.

Register using this registration form.


Webinar, Communities of Care: Using Trauma-Induced Pedagogy

  • Feb. 2, 2:10-3:00 PM, via Zoom

Headshot of Karen CouvesAs the world continues to grapple with the disruptions and uncertainty of a global pandemic, we reflect: What critical opportunities and challenges does this situation present to us as university educators and leaders? Participants in this session will be introduced to trauma-informed approaches and how to apply these principles in a university setting. Together, we will discuss and practice mindful techniques for preventing, grounding and processing trauma responses for ourselves and others. Participants will leave this session with tools for applying trauma-informed instruction principles in their learning environments.

Register using this registration form.


Workshop, Make Every Day Earth Day: Connecting With Your Students (Merry Rankin)Headshot of Merry Rankin

  • April 19, 11:10 AM-12:00 PM, 2030 Morrill

In celebration of Earth Month, Merry Rankin, Director of Sustainability, will discuss sustainability as becoming increasingly more important to students and how, with deliberate mindfulness, instructors can address these needs through an infusion of environmental, economic, and social sustainability in their learning environments. In this workshop, participants will explore how reflecting on sustainability in their learning environments encourages students to go beyond simply absorbing information to integrating these applications in their own lives and their community. Participants will leave this session with practical tools to include sustainability in their learning spaces while also building community and connection with students.

Register using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, email celt@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-5357.