25 April 2013
Location: University of Westminster, London

There is a growing interest in contemplative approaches to education: bringing knowledge, understanding and practice of stillness, quietness, mindfulness into an increasingly pressured HE (and FE) environment. We propose an experiential day school that will model a contemplative approach and will also enable colleagues to place contemplative learning within the context of relevant literature in the field. This event will build on the SEDA-funded labyrinth-making event held at the University of Westminster in April 2012 as well as on the University of Westminster’s Learning and Teaching Symposium held in July 2013 when a ‘Mindfulness’ workshop was held and received with considerable interest. It will create a reflective space in which colleagues can share and experience some contemplative practices and will offer participants the opportunity to:· 

  • Explore the concept of contemplative learning and its potential within HE;
  •  Develop their awareness of the growing literature on contemplative learning;  
  • Become familiar with practical examples of contemplative learning in different HE contexts; 
  • Experience some contemplative practices including a labyrinth walk; 
  • Share reflections on how contemplative approaches might aid their own pedagogic practice or their work in student or staff development. 

Target audience:· 

  • Staff and educational developers (SEDA); 
  • Learning developers (ALDinHE); 
  • Academic colleagues from any discipline with an interest in exploring this topic; 
  • Colleagues in other support/developmental services.  

The allocation of free places from colleagues at the University of Westminster is now full.