The Sustainability and Contemplative Practice Faculty Learning Community
Through a series of gatherings over the past five years, the Curriculum for the Bioregion initiative and The Whidbey Institute have hosted a “Sustainability and Contemplative Practice” faculty learning community. Comprised of formal and informal educators, this community explores how we can creatively respond to global ecological crises ourselves and how we can help our students develop their own creative responses. This November gathering offers another occasion for us to come together, to pause, reflect, and deepen our practices in a supportive community.
“Sustainability and Contemplative Practice: Deepening our Work”
This weekend meeting will be both a retreat and a working conference. The agenda will include plenary and concurrent sessions as well as time to engage in contemplative practices. Specifically, the gathering will provide opportunities for us to deepen our personal, as well as our teaching, practices by:
- Exploring & engaging in various forms of contemplative practices;
- Reflecting on our work as teachers and mentors at this “hinge point in history”;
- Sharing and discussing strategies for integrating and strengthening reflective and contemplative pedagogies in our teaching; in fact, we hope that you will come to the gathering with a specific course or activities in mind, in which you plan to build or deepen contemplative pedagogies.
- Continuing to support one another as a professional community.