Mindful UNCW

Upcoming Events

Interdisciplinary Learning Workshop: What is Interdisciplinary Learning?

Friday September 16, 12-1 pm (RL 2005 and via Zoom)
This workshop will be co-led by Beverley McGuire (director of the next QEP on Interdisciplinary Learning) and Jacquelyn Lee (director of the Center for Teaching Excellence), co-leaders of Mindful UNCW. We will discuss the difference between multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning, as well as the fundamental characteristics of interdisciplinary learning: disciplinary grounding, perspective taking, and common ground and integration. It will provide examples of interdisciplinary learning experiences and allow participants to consider ways they might design and develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for their students.

Receptivity: Opening and Connecting to Ourselves, Others, and Our Environment

Friday October 28, 2022

Valle Crucis Conference Center (https://vcconferences.org/ 146 Skiles Way; Banner Elk, NC 28604)

Mindful UNCW and Stillpoint at Appalachian State University are co-hosting a gathering on October 28, 2022, in western North Carolina that includes facilitated practice and contemplative pedagogy sessions that address the theme of receptivity. We envision the gathering as an opportunity for us to connect, reflect, and share contemplative practices and pedagogical techniques with each other. Anyone who teaches or works in Higher Education is welcome to attend! Register here!

Workshop Schedule

8-9 am:       Arrival and Registration

9-9:45 am: Welcome and Introductions

10-11 am:   Mindful Photography with Timothy Autman (Wake Forest University)

11-12 pm:   Mindful Conversations with Ivan Mayerhofer (Davidson College)

12-1 pm:     Lunch

1-2 pm:       Cultivating Receptivity Through Perspective-Taking, Randi Culp (UNCG)

2-3 pm:       Pop Culture as Pedagogy, Melissa Mahoney & Leah Greden Mathews (UNCA)

3:00-3:30:   Debrief

Previous Research Speaker Series

Mindful UNCW Speakers
Dr. Nicholas Barr

Mindfulness: The State of the Science

September 30, 2020, 5:30-7:30 pm

You can watch a recording of this talk on our Research page.
Dr. Patrick Foo

Recent Advances in Contemplative Neuroscience

October 28, 2020, 5:30-7:30 pm

You can watch a recording of this talk on our Research page.

Dr. Beth Berila

How Mindfulness Can Support Skillful Anti-Racism in Higher Education

November 10, 2020, 5:30-7:30 pm

Dr. Lopsang Rapge

Understanding the Complexity of the Concept and Practice of Compassion

February 15, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Dr. David Treleaven

Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: Making Mindfulness and Meditation Safe for Trauma Survivors 

February 23, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

Dr. Nick Barr

Facilitating Mindfulness Practice in Non-Clinical Settings: Ethics and Practical Considerations

March 5, 2021, 1:00 - 3:00 pm 

Oren Jay Sofer

Mindful Communication Series: The Foundations of Mindful Communication 

March 10, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (The Foundations of Mindful Communication)
March 17, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (The Power of Mindful Listening)
March 24, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (Dialogue Across Difference)

Rhonda Magee

Deepening the Work of Liberation for All: Reflections on the Inner Work of Racial Justice

April 13, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Check back for future dates, to be determined!

Previous Contemplative Conversations

Fall 2020 Contemplative Conversations

Read the fall 2020 selection! Randall Library provides access for UNCW to this e-book:

Image of "Integrating Mindfulness Into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy" book coverBeth Berila, Integrating Mindfulness Into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education

Watch Beth Berila's talk for UNCW (November 10, 2020)

Description of the book from Routledge (publisher): "Drawing from mindfulness education and social justice teaching, this book explores an anti-oppressive pedagogy for university and college classrooms. Authentic classroom discussions about oppression and diversity can be difficult; a mindful approach allows students to explore their experiences with compassion and to engage in critical inquiry to confront their deeply held beliefs and value systems. This engaging book is full of practical tips for deepening learning, addressing challenging situations, and providing mindfulness practices in anti-oppression classrooms. Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy is for all higher education professionals interested in pedagogy that empowers and engages students in the complex unlearning of oppression."
Spring 2021 Contemplative Conversations

Image of "Say What You Mean" book coverSay What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication
by Oren J. Sofer

Randall Library provides access for UNCW to the e-book: Read It Now! 

Oren J. Sofer is also speaking to UNCW not once, but three times! To learn more and register for any of his talks: https://uncw.edu/mindful/research.html

Description of the book from Shambhala Publications: "We spend so much of our lives talking to each other, but how often are we simply running on automatic—relying on old habits and hoping for the best? Are we able to truly hear others and speak our mind in a clear and kind way, without needing to get defensive or go on the attack? In this groundbreaking synthesis of mindfulness, somatics, and Nonviolent Communication, Oren Jay Sofer offers simple yet powerful practices to develop healthy, effective, and satisfying ways of communicating. The techniques in Say What You Mean will help you to: Feel confident during conversation, stay focused on what really matters in an interaction, listen for the authentic concerns behind someone’s words, reduce anxiety before and during difficult conversations, and find nourishment in day-to-day interactions."

The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness
by Rhonda V. Magee

Randall Library provides access for UNCW to the e-book: Read It Now!

Description of the book from mindful.org: "Magee has brought together experience as a law professor and a longtime practitioner of mindfulness—and training as a mindfulness teacher—to host classroom conversations about race, privilege, and bias that few of us ever take part in, particularly in a mixed-race context. She’s learned a lot from years of this kind of hands-on work. For one thing, it has taught Magee that color blindness is an unhelpful concept for promoting equity and justice. Despite the fact that race is “socially constructed” and ultimately a “fiction,” our perception of significant differences is unmistakable, so we cannot be “blind” to color. That’s simply a prescription for being blind to our biases. Instead, Magee teaches and practices what she calls ColorInsight, using contemplative practices to peer into and beyond our biases. It starts from a view that we are deeply interconnected, but need to “take a long (lifelong), loving (heartful and compassionate) look at racism,” where “staying in our discomfort” can be “an important part of healing and transformation.” Through instruction, stories, history (both legal and otherwise), and insight, Magee takes us on a very rewarding, vital, and timely journey."

Previous Pedagogy with Presence Workshops

Spring 2021 Events

Mindfulness-Based Pedagogy Discussion (Friday, April 9) We explored the principles of this approach as well as practical strategies we have taken in our own teaching. Prior to the discussion, we read “Enhancing Learning Through Contemplative Pedagogy” (16 pages) which is the third chapter in “Mindful Teaching and Learning” (available electronically through Randall Library) edited by Karen Ragoonaden.


Mindful Teaching and Learning: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Practice 

(Monday, April 12)

Dr. Karen Ragoonaden discussed how mindfulness practices can provide pathways to engage in responsive and responsible dialogues about equity, diversity and inclusion. Developing an open and calm receptivity along with a realistic attitude about long-held opinions and assumptions about the self and others can create supportive and non-reactive environments where unlearning and re-learning can occur. Dr. Karen Ragoonaden is a professor in the Faculty of Education of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. She is the author of Mindful Teaching and Learning: Developing a Pedagogy of Well-Being (available through Randall Library) and Mindful and Relational Approaches to Social Justice, Equity and Diversity in Teacher Education (available through Randall Library). 

Midday Mindfulness & Contemplative Conversations