Two Stanford faculty will describe a new program at Stanford that seeks to integrate contemplative studies into the undergraduate curriculum and attract faculty and students, whether or not they are initially interested in meditation or mindfulness. The program, called LifeWorks, offers its own courses, which blend traditional cognitive learning with mindfulness practices and workshops for faculty interested in creating similar integration in their own courses. They will discuss three aspects of the program: (1) building institutional and faculty support; (2) a pedagogy that integrates embodied and creative practices with traditional forms of learning; and (3) an example course that blends positive psychology, creative writing, and mindfulness training. They will also discuss the challenges and learning experienced in the first year of this program.

Anthony Antonio

Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

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Jonah Willihnganz

LifeWorks Program in Integrative Education, Stanford University

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