This conference will explore the congruence between mindfulness meditation practices and the field of classical Phenomenology. Mindfulness generally refers to the contemporary application of ancient Asian contemplative systems of thought to health and well-being whereas phenomenology is here understood within the philosophical tradition inaugurated by Edmund Husserl at the beginning of the last century. While the two systems of knowledge arose from vastly different cultural and historical contexts, the commonality between their respective methodologies and approaches can be remarkable. Many mindfulness practices are inherently phenomenological and many aspects of phenomenological scholarship and research share profound similarities with Asian mindfulness techniques and applications. It is the goal of this conference to explore, in an interdisciplinary spirit, the many shared latencies between these distinct yet cognate systems of knowledge and their applied practices. See call for papers below for more details.
The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists is committed to cultivating connections between teachers, students and researchers in phenomenology across the disciplines. Founded in 2008 by colleagues from Architecture, Communicology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, ICNAP has had its annual conferences enriched by the contributions of colleagues from Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Literature, Musicology, Nursing and Health Care, Social Work and Psychiatry. Findings in other fields are also expanding our horizons.
Call for Papers
Call for Papers (PDF)
$290 – non-members, or members who have already paid annual dues
$310 – non-members who want to join ICNAP, or members who have yet to pay dues (includes $20 membership fee)
$340 – inclusive of $50 charitable organizational membership dues
$250 – students, no dues required
Please Note: All participants who are on the program and making presentations are requested to pay Regular Membership Dues. Students need not pay dues.
All meals and snacks are included in the registration fee. Our catering staff will be preparing a wonderful menu with accommodations for special diets, that can be made in your registration process.
To register for this program, please click here.
1. Fairfield Inn & Suites, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-4000. Website http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrfm-fairfield-inn-and-suites-mahwah/
Call the Fairfield Inn to book your room-single rooms or double rooms can be reserved for $119. For a higher rate suites can be reserved to accommodate 3 people. The Fairfield has a shuttle service for the 5 minute ride to the college campus. Make sure to mention “Krame Center Ramapo College Conference” to receive this reduced rate, reservations must be made by April 24, 2017.
2. If you have a car, and are looking for the most economic accommodation possible, then the best deal is the Super 8 Motel in Mahwah. Book quickly for the best deals. Use travel web services such as Kayak.com, Expedia.com, or Booking.com to get the best deals.
Airports and Ground Transport:
Newark Airport is the best airport for access to Ramapo College. While public transport is available, we recommend the stress-free simplicity of an Uber ride. A one-way Uber ride from Newark airport to Ramapo College (or the local hotels) is roughly $40. Visit https://www.uber.com/airports/ewr
For other forms of public transport please see the main college webpage: https://www.ramapo.edu/about/transportation
JFK and LaGuardia Airports are a much further distance from Ramapo. Both airports have good shuttle bus service to the Manhatten Port Authority Bus terminal. From the Port Authority Bus Terminal there are several bus options to Mahwah. For bus information see the main college webpage: https://www.ramapo.edu/about/transportation/
Off Campus Dining
Mason Jar: 221 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ (201) 529-2302
This will be the ‘official conference pub’ where we will be informally congregating on Thursday evening – the night before the conference begins. It is directly next to the Fairfield Inn and the food is of reasonable quality and price. The live Jazz music can be exceptional. Quiet tables are available in the back.
Mahwah Bar and Grill: 2 Island Rd, Mahwah, NJ (201) 529-8056
Another reasonably priced pub with reasonably priced food of slightly higher quality. Roughly a mile down the road from the Fairfield. You will need a car to get there.
The River Palm Terrace: 209 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ (201) 529-1111
This is a 4 minute walk from the Fairfield. It is an elegant fine dining restaurant. Good value for the money – if you have it.
Accommodations, Travel and Off Campus Dining Information – PDF
Creating a Mindful School 2-Day Educator Retreat in Collaboration with TMI Education
July 21-22, 2017
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College
This is two day conference for Educators in grades K-12. The first day will focus on the educator’s personal practice and the second day will focus on creating a mindful classroom and developing a curriculum infused with mindfulness and will break into 2 groups K-5 and 6-12. There will be a participant-led evening on July 21 where educators will be encouraged to share what they have done in the classroom.
There will be a group discount rate available for groups of teachers coming from one school.
Check back for pricing and registration information.
This is not a residential retreat, but for those interested in local accommodation see below:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-5880. Website http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-jersey/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-mahwah-MWHNJDT/index.html
Call the DoubleTree to book your room-single rooms or double rooms can be reserved for $109 not including breakfast. Ask for the Krame Center at Ramapo College rate or group code KRM . Rooms must be reserved byJune 23.
MBSR Fundamentals: 9-day Residential program includes 5-day intensive MBSR Tools followed by 4-day Teacher training in collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical University
9-Day MBSR Teacher Training August 10-19, 2017
5-Day MBSR Tools Intensive August 10-15, 2017
Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
MBSR Fundamentals/9-Day is a 9-day residential program for MBSR teacher trainees. This program starts with a 5-day immersion in the Mindfulness Tools™ intensive MBSR program (this program is open to all including those not training to be an MBSR teacher), followed by a 4-day rigorous professional MBSR teacher training.
Mindfulness Tools, a 5-Day Residential Intensive Program™ is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), and is offered for those who may not be able to participate in the traditional 8-week course. The program consists of 5 days (38.5 hours) of direct instruction. It is strongly recommended that you take it as a residential course to fully immerse yourself in this program. For more information about this program, please click on the link above.
Cost of the program:
*The program cost includes lunch, dinner and an all day service of snacks, nuts, fruit, coffee and tea. Lodging is separate. A continental breakfast comes with your hotel accommodations.
Fundamentals 9-Day MBSR Teacher Training: $3,360 (includes tuition fee of $2,640 plus meals and program fees)
Acceptance and Registration:
As with all CFM Oasis programs, acceptance into this course is required. Please do not make reservations or travel plans until you have received an official acceptance determination from the CFM Oasis Institute.
Step 1: Application Process:
Please click here to fill out the CFM 9-Day Fundamentals Teacher Training application. NOTE: Please wait for CFM to reach out to you with an official acceptance email before making any travel plans.
Step 2: Registration Process:
Once accepted into the program, you will receive a confirmation email from CFM with a link that will lead you to a page to process your registration and payment through the Krame Center. Once you complete the registration and payment process, you are ready to reserve accommodations.
MBSR Fundamentals Instructors:
Margaret Fletcher, BA
Margaret Fletcher teaches mindfulness for the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In 2013, she received certification to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from the Center for Mindfulness. She is a founding member of the NH Professional Mindfulness Community. Margaret was invited in 2008 by Norman Scrimshaw to teach meditation through White Mountain Sangha, which she now leads as Guiding Teacher. Prior to teaching mindfulness, Margaret enjoyed a 20+ year career in financial services management. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College.
Lynn Koerbel, MPH
Lynn Koerbel is the Director of MBSR Education and Curriculum Development at the the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Senior Certified MBSR Teacher, Trainer. She teaches MBSR and other mindfulness-based programs, professional trainings, and presentations in the various educational pathways of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, Oasis Institute, and the community and workplace mindfulness programs.
Please make sure you have gone through Step 1 & 2 above, and have received an acceptance email from CFM, prior to making any travel accommodations for 9-Day Fundamentals. Thank you.
Approximately $120/day. Please call one of the below hotels directly to reserve your single room. Please make sure to mention the Krame Center Ramapo Event to receive the discounted price.
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-4000.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-5880.
Approximately $60/day. The Krame Center will make these reservations for you, at one of the above hotels, based upon your registration application.
If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, you must do so by July 11, 2017 in order to receive a 50% reimbursement of tuition. No other refunds are available.
Please click here to fill out the CFM 9-Day Fundamentals Teacher Training application.