Contemplative Teaching, Contemplative Learning: A SEDA Day School

07 June 2013

Location: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS - Room MG14

09.30              Tea and registration

              Welcome and Introduction to the day: Jennifer Bright, University of Westminster

10.15              Keynote Speaker: Iddo Oberski, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching in the Centre for Academic Practice at Queen Margaret University and joint Programme Leader of the MSc Professional and Higher Education.

Keynote: Contemplation as experiential un-conceptualisation: a dialogue on learning, teaching and educational development
Together we'll set the scene for a day's exploration of contemplative practices in the context of learning, teaching and educational development. There is an exponentially growing body of research exploring the effects of meditation, contemplation and mindfulness on a wide range of physical and psychological factors. However, the best way to find out what such practices can contribute to learning is to try them for yourself.  I will draw on my experiences, theory, practice, and a current project, to try and model a contemplative pedagogical experience appropriate to the Higher Education context.

11.15              Workshop 1: Introduction to the labyrinth    
Jan Sellers, University of Kent (retired): Labyrinth Specialist

With just one winding path to the centre (unlike a maze), the labyrinth offers a peaceful walking meditation. Jan will introduce this beautiful resource and its uses in university life – within and across disciplines.

11.45              Labyrinth walks - facilitated by Jan Sellers and Jennifer Bright 

12.30              Plenary: Sharing reflections 

12.45              Lunch – Book stall

13.30              Workshop 2: Mindfulness and Loving Kindness

Ariane Agostini, Regent’s College, London

Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention, in the moment, without judgement.  How might practising mindfulness be helpful for students?  Ariane will briefly discuss the lessons learnt from a Mindfulness Module she delivered for postgraduate students.  She will then guide us through a sister practice called Metta (or Loving Kindness) Meditation which aims to develop compassion for ourselves as well as for others.

14.40                Break

14.50                Workshop 3: ‘Grounding Meditation’

Liz Oldham, University of Westminster

This meditation practice is several hundred years old and comes from the Zen tradition.  It serves to ground our energies and to slow down the busyness of the mind. Liz will lead us in an   experiential session and follow it with a talk about its origins and uses.

15.30                 Workshop 4: Open Session

Time to share and hear about practices we have used ourselves 

16.00                Plenary: Sharing reflections

16.30                Close  - Tea and Biscuits­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
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