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If you are an instructor at U.Va. that teaches a class or workshop with a contemplative component that would like to be included on the CSC website, please write to csc@virginia.edu.

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Fall 2017

Fall 2017 : The Spirit of the New Workplace - GBUS 8042

Fall 2017 : The Spirit of the New Workplace - GBUS 8042

This seminar invites students to explore the possibilities of human organization and assess their core values, assumptions, beliefs, and expectations about work. The course format is a one-week exploration of the role work plays in the lives of individuals and communities around the globe. Restricted to Darden students. 1.5Credit

Fall 2017 : Science and Practice of Mindfulness - ISSS 3045 (Online Course)

Fall 2017 : Science and Practice of Mindfulness - ISSS 3045 (Online Course)

*This course is a Web-Based Course

Considers the latest scientific findings about the mind-body connection, offers students the opportunity to experience them through direct mindfulness meditative practices. Explores formal and informal mindfulness practices, the contextual background of mindfulness, and applies them to a variety of professions and settings. Covers a range of contemplative exercises that cultivate emotional balance and the ability to cope with stress.

Instructor : Susanna Williams
 
Fall 2017 : Introduction to Mindfulness - KINE 1000

Fall 2017 : Introduction to Mindfulness - KINE 1000

Mindfulness practice is bringing full, non-judgmental attention to what is happening in the present moment. Classes include instruction in four core practices: body scan, mindful yoga, sitting, and walking meditation.

Instructor : Lynne Crotts 
Fall 2017 : Foundations of Medical Yoga for Health Professionals - GNUR 5009

Fall 2017 : Foundations of Medical Yoga for Health Professionals - GNUR 5009

This elective course will provide graduate nursing and medical students, and practicing health professionals, with a foundational understanding of therapeutic yoga in terms of history, theory, and research of yoga in relation to health and wellness.

Instructor: Maureen Mala Cunningham

 
Fall 2017 : Meditation Peer Leadership - KINE 1050

Fall 2017 : Meditation Peer Leadership - KINE 1050

This course will introduce students to mindfulness practices and prepare you to instruct your peers in mindfulness meditation in settings like school, work, clubs, and sport. 

Instructor: Geoffrey Cox

Fall 2017 : Personal Adjustment and the Science of Happiness - EDHS 4810

Fall 2017 : Personal Adjustment and the Science of Happiness - EDHS 4810

Learn factors that influence psychological adjustment in normal human development and the relationship between adjustment and personal happiness. Includes study, self-examination, mindfulness, personal projects and the science of creating happiness.

Instructor: Peter Sheras
Fall 2017 : Mindfulness: Awareness and Habit - COLA 1500-024

Fall 2017 : Mindfulness: Awareness and Habit - COLA 1500-024

Through formal and informal practices that bring curiosity to thoughts, feelings, and emotions, students will develop the ability to pay attention to the present moment. Mindful meditation, movement, walking, and eating will be explored. 

Instructor: Sandra Seidel
Fall 2017 : Mindfulness Practices - INST 2500

Fall 2017 : Mindfulness Practices - INST 2500

This course introduces mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life. Mindfulness involves bringing intentional non-judgmental awareness to what is happening in the present moment.

Instructor: Sam Green

Fall 2017 : Buddhist Meditation Traditions - RELB 2900

Fall 2017 : Buddhist Meditation Traditions - RELB 2900

The goal of this course will be to examine different conceptions of Buddhist meditation and how these different conceptions affect the nature of practice and the understanding of the ideal life within a variety of Buddhist traditions.

Instructor: Erik Braun

Fall 2017 : Foundations of Mindfulness Practice - NUIP 2210

Fall 2017 : Foundations of Mindfulness Practice - NUIP 2210

This course introduces mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life. Mindfulness involves bringing intentional non-judgmental awareness to what is happening in the present moment.

Instructor: Sam Green 

Fall 2017 : Yoga - KINE 1410-3

Fall 2017 : Yoga - KINE 1410-3

Yoga is the practice of uniting the mind and body in a series of postures or a meditation in motion. The type of yoga offered will be contingent on the skills of the instructor.

Fall 2017 : Climbing as Mindfulness - COLA 1500-080

Fall 2017 : Climbing as Mindfulness - COLA 1500-080

This course explores the notion of mindfulness in a more active context than traditional meditation, connecting it to other dimensions of goal-oriented daily life (such as academic life).

Instructor: Anastasia Dakouri-Hild
Fall 2017 : A Life Worth Living : The Theory and Practice of Human Flourishing- RELG/ELA 1559

Fall 2017 : A Life Worth Living : The Theory and Practice of Human Flourishing- RELG/ELA 1559

This course aims to directly assist you in finding the answers to these questions for yourself. It will help you to build a sustainable base for flourishing during your undergraduate years and beyond in your personal, civic, and professional life.

Fall 2017 : Science and Technology in Social and Global Context - STS 2500

Fall 2017 : Science and Technology in Social and Global Context - STS 2500

We will explore ways in which science can guide understanding both of one’s self and our own impact on the world. From wearable tech to meditation, we will first utilize scientific methods for reflection, introspection and ultimately self-discovery.

Instructor: Jason Jones

Fall 2017 : Finding Your Inner Compass - COLA 1500-060

Fall 2017 : Finding Your Inner Compass - COLA 1500-060

This course is one of self-exploration. We will examine the power of habits and how they drive our decision-making.

Fall 2017 : Reading and Meditation - COLA 1500-076

Fall 2017 : Reading and Meditation - COLA 1500-076

This course, while considering many representations of meditation, will concentrate on the relations among meditation, reading, and writing. We will discuss the relationship of reading and writing to time, place, and the development of independence and interiority.

Instructor: John Lyons 
Fall 2017 : Mindfulness for Teachers - EDIS 5012 (Online Course)

Fall 2017 : Mindfulness for Teachers - EDIS 5012 (Online Course)

*This course is a Web-Based Course

Mindfulness for Teachers will introduce students to a series of evidence-based practical skills that will help them cultivate the inner resources needed to support their students' social, emotional, and academic growth.

Instructor
Anthony DeMauro and Tish Jennings

Spring 2017

Spring 2017 : Introduction to Mindfulness - KINE 1000

Spring 2017 : Introduction to Mindfulness - KINE 1000

Mindfulness practice is bringing full, non-judgmental attention to what is happening in the present moment. Classes include instruction in four core practices: body scan, mindful yoga, sitting, and walking meditation. The practical application of mindfulness in mind-body awareness, health maintenance, mindful eating, stress reduction, and communication will be explored through exercises & group discussion.

Spring 2017 : Yoga - KINE 1410-3

Spring 2017 : Yoga - KINE 1410-3

Yoga is the practice of uniting the mind and body in a series of postures or a meditation in motion. The type of yoga offered will be contingent on the skills of the instructor.

Spring 2017 : Mindfulness Practices - INST 2500-2

Spring 2017 : Mindfulness Practices - INST 2500-2

This course provides an introduction to mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life.

Spring 2017 : Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally - NUIP/RELB 3030

Spring 2017 : Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally - NUIP/RELB 3030

It is about what William James called “the greatest revolution in our generation” namely “the discovery that human beings by changing the inner attitude of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives.” Recent neuroscience research supports James’ assertion and has shown that mindfulness practices can change the way we react to stress, regulate our emotions, and relate to other people. Such contemplative practices can also help us understand and reshape unhelpful habits and live with illness and loss.

Spring 2017 : Music, Sound, and Embodiment - MUSI 4520

Spring 2017 : Music, Sound, and Embodiment - MUSI 4520

We will consider various intersections among sound, music, consciousness, and embodiment. Topics will include the embodied experiences of performers, embodiment in relation to listeners’ experiences of classical music, trance states, music therapy, subjectivity in clubbing, improvisation, environmental sound, and the experimental practices of John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and the Fluxus group.

Spring 2017 : Foundations of Mindfulness Practice - NUIP 2210

Spring 2017 : Foundations of Mindfulness Practice - NUIP 2210

This course introduces mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life. Mindfulness involves bringing intentional non-judgmental awareness to what is happening in the present moment.

Spring 2017: Buddhist Meditation & The Modern World - RELB 2165

Spring 2017: Buddhist Meditation & The Modern World - RELB 2165

Explore Tibetan Buddhist meditation in its cultural contexts, investigate scientific research on meditation’s dynamics, survey contemporary applications, and experience meditation firsthand.

J-Term 2017

J-term 2017: CONSCIOUS SOCIAL CHANGE - PPOL 5225 & GSGS 3365

J-term 2017: CONSCIOUS SOCIAL CHANGE - PPOL 5225 & GSGS 3365

The Conscious Social Change J-Term course is an experiential social venture incubator integrating mindfulness-based leadership practices, social entrepreneurship tools, conscious social change methodologies, and contemplative ideas and practices.

 
J-Term 2017: Ecological & Contemplative Landscapes - EVSC/RELG 3559

J-Term 2017: Ecological & Contemplative Landscapes - EVSC/RELG 3559

In January 2017, the College of Arts and Sciences and Contemplative Sciences Center at U.Va. will partner with Kohala Institute to offer an opportunity to study a unique environment and culture from two very different disciplinary perspectives - Environmental Sciences and Religious Studies - with a strong strand of self-understanding exploration.

Fall 2016

Yoga Theory and Practice Class

Yoga Theory and Practice Class

An investigation of yoga practice throughout history from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Fall 2016: Introduction to Mindfulness Practice - ELA 1559

Fall 2016: Introduction to Mindfulness Practice - ELA 1559

Introduction to mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life.

Spring 2016

Fall 2016: UVA in Bhutan

Fall 2016: UVA in Bhutan

This program invites students to participate in the unique cultural and mountainous environment of Thimphu, Bhutan. 

Spring 2016: Cultivating Wisdom and Well-Being for Personal and Professional Growth - COMM 4831

Spring 2016: Cultivating Wisdom and Well-Being for Personal and Professional Growth - COMM 4831

Fall 2015

Fall 2015: Reflective and Creative Writing for Nurses: Give Voice to Your Experience

Fall 2015: Reflective and Creative Writing for Nurses: Give Voice to Your Experience

Sponsored by the Compassionate Care Initiative

Fall 2015: Theory and Practice of Yoga - RELH 2195

Fall 2015: Theory and Practice of Yoga - RELH 2195

An investigation of yoga practice throughout history from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Fall 2015: Foundations of Nursing CARE - NUCO 2210

Fall 2015: Foundations of Nursing CARE - NUCO 2210

CARE includes a focus on Compassion, Awareness of self and cultural variance, Resilience, and Effective communication for interprofessional teams.
Fall 2015: Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy - RELB 3408

Fall 2015: Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy - RELB 3408

Tibet possesses one of the great Buddhist philosophical traditions in the world.

Fall 2015: Learn to Groove - MUSI 2430

Fall 2015: Learn to Groove - MUSI 2430

This is a hand drumming class open to all students including music majors.

Fa11 2015 Introduction to Drawing 1 - ARTS 2610

Fa11 2015 Introduction to Drawing 1 - ARTS 2610

Drawing class with contemplative practices.

Fall 2015: Introduction to Mindfulness Practice - ELA 1559

Fall 2015: Introduction to Mindfulness Practice - ELA 1559

Introduction to mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life.

Fall 2015: Seminar in Ethical Values - LAW 9098

Fall 2015: Seminar in Ethical Values - LAW 9098

This seminar will examine “mindfulness” (or “contemplative”) practices both as a cultural phenomenon and as a set of practical tools.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015: Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally – NUIP 3030

Spring 2015: Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally – NUIP 3030

This elective course provides an in-depth and rich experience in contemplative practices including secular mindfulness and compassion practices

J-Term 2015

Spring 2015: Buddhist Meditation & The Modern World - RELB 2165

Spring 2015: Buddhist Meditation & The Modern World - RELB 2165

Explore Tibetan Buddhist meditation in its cultural contexts, investigate scientific research on meditation’s dynamics, survey contemporary applications, and experience meditation firsthand.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014: Reading and Meditation

Fall 2014: Reading and Meditation

This course, while considering many representations of meditation, will concentrate on the relations among meditation, reading, and writing. 

Fall 2014: Foundations in Mindfulness Practice - NURS 4559

Fall 2014: Foundations in Mindfulness Practice - NURS 4559

This introductory course provides an introduction to mindfulness practices to facilitate coping with stress and greater engagement with life. 

Fall 2014: Learn to Groove - MUSI 2340

Fall 2014: Learn to Groove - MUSI 2340

This is a hands on drumming/percussion class using congas, djembes, claves, shakers, etc.

Fall 2014: Research and Theory on Contemplative Curricula and Interventions for Children and Youth - EDIS 8500

Fall 2014: Research and Theory on Contemplative Curricula and Interventions for Children and Youth - EDIS 8500

This seminar will review current research and theory on contemplative programs and interventions for children and youth in educational and clinical settings .

Fall 2014: Seminar in Ethical Values

Fall 2014: Seminar in Ethical Values

This seminar will examine “mindfulness” (or “contemplative”) practices both as a cultural phenomenon and as a set of practical tools to promote professional and personal development for lawyers.

Summer 2014

Summer 2014: Buddhism - RELB 2100

Summer 2014: Buddhism - RELB 2100

In this course “Buddhism,” we will survey the history of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, Tibet, East Asia, and the West.

Summer 2014: Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Summer 2014: Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

With roots in Tibetan philosophy, this system integrates mental and physical aspects of health to treat illness and improve well-being .

Summer 2014: Buddhism in Film - RELB 2252

Summer 2014: Buddhism in Film - RELB 2252

This course is an introduction to Buddhism and an exploration of the place of Buddhism within contemporary Asian, European, and North American cultures through film.

Spring 2014

Summer 2014: Shamanism in the New Age - ISSS 4800

Summer 2014: Shamanism in the New Age - ISSS 4800

Explores how elements of wisdom are carried in the healing, shamanic traditions of the wounded. Explores how we can collectively respond to violence in constructive ways on community and global issues.

Summer 2014: Theory and Practice of Yoga - RELG 2195

Summer 2014: Theory and Practice of Yoga - RELG 2195

An investigation of yoga practice throughout history from multiple disciplinary perspectives. 

Winter 2014 - Mindful Writing

Winter 2014 - Mindful Writing

January 13 - February 17, 2014 | We will explore how to integrate mindfulness not only into our writing practice but also in to our own deepening relationship with the creative process in general.

Spring 2014: Comparing Contemplative Traditions: Yoga, Mysticism, and Meditation - NCTH 106

Spring 2014: Comparing Contemplative Traditions: Yoga, Mysticism, and Meditation - NCTH 106

While tracing the maps of the spiritual life created by these religious communities, students work out a comparative perspective on human spirituality.

J-Term 2014

Spring 2013: Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally - NUIP 3030 & RELB 3559

Spring 2013: Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally - NUIP 3030 & RELB 3559

This course provides an in-depth experience in contemplative practices to prepare students to live more fully, be more engaged and compassionate citizens and professionals, and navigate life’s stressors with greater clarity, peace of mind, and healthy behaviors.

Spring 2014: Life Maintenance and Stress Management - COMM 3559

Spring 2014: Life Maintenance and Stress Management - COMM 3559

This class provides instruction in four formal practices that cultivate mindfulness: the body scan, yoga (with emphasis on non-judging and present awareness), sitting meditation and walking meditation.

Spring 2014: Introduction to Mindfulness - PHYE 1000

Spring 2014: Introduction to Mindfulness - PHYE 1000

Classes include instruction in four core practices: body scan, mindful yoga, sitting, and walking meditation.

Spring 2014: Cultivating Wisdom and Well-Being for Personal and Professional Growth - COMM 4831

Spring 2014: Cultivating Wisdom and Well-Being for Personal and Professional Growth - COMM 4831

The goal of this course is to understand wisdom and well-being, particularly as to how these concepts apply to a variety of professional and personal situations.

Spring 2014: Investing in a Sustainable Future - COMM 4822

Spring 2014: Investing in a Sustainable Future - COMM 4822

A cross-disciplinary course focusing on value creation in a finite world.

Spring 2014: "Spiritual But Not Religious": Spirituality in America - RELG 2660

Spring 2014: "Spiritual But Not Religious": Spirituality in America - RELG 2660

What does "spiritual but not religious" mean, and why has it become such a pervasive idea in modern America?

Spring 2014: Theory and Practice of Yoga - RELH 2195

Spring 2014: Theory and Practice of Yoga - RELH 2195

In this course students explore Yoga practice in both traditional and contemporary contexts and from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

J-Term 2013: Mindfulness as a Tool for Learning and Living - EDHS 3500/5500

J-Term 2013: Mindfulness as a Tool for Learning and Living - EDHS 3500/5500

Are you trying to juggle too much? Is life stressing you out? Learn how practicing mindfulness can help you cope more effectively.

J-Term 2014: Conscious Social Change

J-Term 2014: Conscious Social Change

This class is a unique program in Conscious Social Change; a partnership between Global Grassroots, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the Contemplative Sciences Center.

J-Term 2014: Meditation in Action- The Contemplative Sciences - ISSS 3033

J-Term 2014: Meditation in Action- The Contemplative Sciences - ISSS 3033

This course examines the contemplative sciences movement’s history, goals, and impact. Students will be exposed online to talks and teachings by world-renowned spiritual leaders.

J-Term 2014: The Spiritual Life: Visions, Contemplations, and Mystical Experiences - RELC 2559

J-Term 2014: The Spiritual Life: Visions, Contemplations, and Mystical Experiences - RELC 2559

This course introduces students to spirituality, primarily as expressed in the Christian tradition yet with reference to other religious traditions. In particular, it concerns itself with three modes of the spiritual life: visions, contemplations, and mystical experiences.

Fall 2013

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