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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: UVA in Bhutan

Fall 2017: UVA in Bhutan

This program invites students to participate in the unique cultural and mountainous environment of Thimphu, Bhutan and the wider countryside through experiential education centered on the dynamics of cultural exchange, contemplation, and participatory digital ethnography.

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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