Mind and Life offers its Visiting Scholars House in Amherst, MA, as a venue to those in our community to hold two- or three-day intensive meetings, bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines to evolve a particular idea or subject. We will consider applications for workshops on a broad range of contemplative-related themes but will give preference to those that closely align with our initiatives in Ethics, Education, and Human Development; Craving, Desire, and Addiction; or Mapping the Mind.

Research workshop organizers are responsible for all administrative elements of their events. Mind and Life will provide the meeting venue free of charge and up to $6,000 in funding. The Visiting Scholars House can accommodate meetings of up to 15 people; it also contains a full kitchen, office space, and several rooms appropriate for breakout sessions or working groups.


Mind & Life Institute (MLI) community members wishing to organize a research workshop should submit the following materials (in PDF format) though the online application:

  • CV
  • Summary of proposed workshop (150 words maximum)
  • Workshop title and dates
  • Proposal (2–3 pages) including the following:
    • Description of the workshop
    • Clear explanation of the workshop’s relevance to MLI’s mission and/or initiatives
    • Anticipated outcomes of the workshop (e.g., theoretical papers, essays for popular media, future meetings, etc.)
    • List of the people who will be invited to the workshop, including titles and affiliations
  • Budget outlining any requested funds (optional)

We will review research workshop applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, with decisions generally made within eight weeks of receipt.