UVA Orientation for First-Year Families

The mission of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is to foster understanding, compassion, and resiliency in individuals and communities through contemplative practices, innovative research, and practical applications. We explore these questions: What does it mean to flourish? What is contemplation? What is human potential? What practices allow us to cultivate our fullest potential, and what practices prevent us from doing so? We focus particularly on what these questions mean  in the context of education and the present and future lives of students.

Summer Wellness Wednesdays at the Garden and Amphitheater

Join Tai-chi instructor Hiromi Johnson and yoga instructors from CSC and Common Ground Healing Arts for this fun and restorative evening series held. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Weather related changes will be posted here and to our Facebook page.

5:30 - 6:30 pm Tai-Chi
Location: Garden I (one). Located behind Pavillion I (one) near the UVA chapel.
Instructor: Hiromi Johnson

Speaking Their Language: The Power of Contemplative Practices in the University Classroom

Over the course of her 18 years in the University of Virginia’s Spanish department and particularly in her primary role of training graduate student teachers in the Ph.D. program, Emily Scida had seen plenty of stress among her student population. Yet while she found extensive research on the effects of incorporating mindfulness practices among the K-12 teacher population, very little attention had been paid to graduate students heading into faculty positions in higher education.

Student Flourishing Initiative: Tools for School and Life

April 5, 2018 by John Kelly
The greatest challenges faced by today's college students will likely have little to do with tests, papers or presentations. According to many experts, the combination of external and internal stressors affecting these students is without precedent—and growing pressure to succeed is often stoked by factors such as family financial pressures and social stresses magnified by social media.

Bringing Contemplation to Life—Kirsten Gelsdorf

At CSC, we are often asked to describe the positive impacts of incorporating contemplative practices into our lives—from the way we see ourselves and our relationships, to creating balance, managing stress, and succeeding in our careers. But because the benefits are diverse and because there are so many practices to explore, it is a challenging question to answer. For this reason, we are sharing personal stories of transformation and discovery—to help us all better appreciate and understand the powerful effects of contemplative practices.


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