Join Leading Scientists, Contemplatives, and Changemakers in Exploring the Path to Sustainable Interconnection with Our Planet

Live Online Sunday, June 6 to Friday, June 11, 2021

Climate change and its consequences are reminders of the urgent need to repair the human-earth ecosystem through holistic, ethically-responsible action.

This six-day speaker series will explore how the union of contemplative traditions, indigenous wisdom, and science can lead to greater awareness of the interconnectedness of all life, and re-ignite our collective responsibility as stewards of our planetary future.

This Speaker Series is a new opportunity that allows for a wider audience to experience presentations that previously were only available to those who attended Mind & Life’s Summer Research Institute (SRI). The Speaker Series is designed for a general audience interested in hearing the latest on the convergence of contemplative practice, science, and the climate crisis, but who do not have time to attend the full length of SRI, or who are in time zones that prohibit participation in the live, immersive experience at SRI.

Topics Include:
  • The role of contemplative practice, the arts, and storytelling in nurturing resilience
  • The psychological, political, indigenous, and racial realities of the climate crisis
  • Interdependence and respect for the more-than-human world
  • The science of behavior change
  • Mindfulness and public health
  • Pathways toward collective action and movement building
Early Bird Registration Available Now Until May 1st
$125 | $95

Includes livestreaming access as well as access to the recordings for 1 year.

With the support of generous donors, scholarship funding is available to people who might otherwise be unable to attend. This includes those who identify as being from historically underrepresented backgrounds, international participants, or those with financial needs. We encourage you to apply through our easy-to-use scholarship form.

There Are Two Ways to Participate.
Is This Speaker Series Right For You?
Live Speaker Series vs. Summer Research Institute

By registering for this speaker series you’ll get live access to, and recordings of, the plenary talks, panel discussions, and contemplative practice sessions from our 2021 Mind & Life Summer Research Institute.

The Summer Research Institute is an application-based program intended for emerging and established researchers, contemplatives, scholars, and changemakers who are interested in actively contributing to the field of contemplative research.

The speaker series is perfect for a general audience interested in hearing the latest on the convergence of contemplative practice, science, and the climate crisis.

See below to learn more about which option is right for you!

Learn more about the Summer Research Institute here »

Plenary presentations, panel discussions, and contemplative practices in this Speaker Series feature renowned researchers, contemplatives, and changemakers
  • Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Founder and Spiritual Director, Natural Dharma Fellowship; mindfulness and meditation teacher
  • Bruce Barrett, Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Dekila Chungyalpa, Director, Loka Initiative, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Elissa Epel, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Roshi Joan Halifax, American Zen Buddhist monk, ecologist, and civil rights activist
  • Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist; Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Texas Tech University
  • Lyla June, Indigenous public speaker, artist, scholar, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages
  • Kaira Jewel Lingo, Teacher of Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth
  • Adenike Oladosu, Nigerian youth climate activist
  • Kelley Nicole Palmer, writer, creative space holder; yoga and meditation teacher; race and equity educator; community organizer
  • Bobbi Patterson, Professor of Pedagogy, Emory University
  • Matthieu Ricard, writer, photographer, and Buddhist monk
  • Vandana Shiva, physicist, ecologist, activist, author
  • Evan Thompson, Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
  • Peter Wayne, Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Tai Chi & Qigong teacher
  • Elke Weber, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University; founder, Earth Institute’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions
  • Kyle Whyte, Professor of Environment and Sustainability/George Willis Pack Professor at University of Michigan, School for Environment and Sustainability
Early Bird Registration Available Now Until May 1st
$125 | $95

Includes livestreaming access as well as access to the recordings for 1 year.

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