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Wed 23

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 23

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 24

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 24 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Sat 26

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 28

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 28 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 30

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 30

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 31

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 31 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

For a full list of mindfulness and mediation programs, MBSR courses, and mindfulness retreats, please see the links on the left.

Scroll down to view student only events.

Student Mindfulness Club
Stress Reduction for Finals
Labyrinth and Meditations at Spring Into Wellness
Contemplative Studies Minor

Student Mindfulness Club


Student Mindfulness Club 2018

Student Mindfulness Club Information

Improve your attention, reduce stress and anxiety and increase self awareness and relations with others. Students interested in joining the Mindfulness Club to learn about the practices and application of mindful living techniques contact or call (201)684-7475.

Stress Reduction for Finals, Mobile Meditations

Peter Shalit at the Potter Library during Finals Week

May 1-14, 2019  | 10 minute sessions offered throughout the day
Location: Mobile
Follow Peter at @kcmindfulness on Instagram

Stress Reduction for Finals

Start your study session or take a break from the books to revitalize with brief, ten-minute mindful stress-reducing exercises. These sessions can help deal with stress and increase focus. They are offered all day between May 1-14.  Contact Peter Shalit at in advance or follow Peter on Instagram @kcmindfulness on those days. For Ramapo students.

Labyrinth Walk, Meditation in Partnership with The Wellness Coalition’s Event “Spring Into Wellness”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The Grove
Rain location: Bradley Center, Spectator’s Lobby
Ramapo College of New Jersey 

Labyrinth Walk and Meditation Information

Ramapo students, faculty, staff and the greater community are all invited to join the Krame Center at our Labyrinth Walk and Meditation at the the Grove with a rain location at the Bradley Center at Ramapo College, located in Mahwah, NJ.  This event is being held in partnership with Ramapo’s Wellness Coalition’s  “Spring Into Wellness” campus-wide event.

Cost: This event is free and no registration is requiredjust come by the Grove (Rain Location: Bradley Center’s Spectator’s Lobby) on Wednesday April 10. If you are not a member of the Ramapo College community, please email for a parking pass.

Walking the Labyrinth

The labyrinth is a meditation tool, “a walking meditation.” Many people walk the labyrinth to relieve stress, find balance in their lives and as a way to focus their minds. Others walk it as a kind of body prayer and method of contemplation.

There are no rules for walking the labyrinth except that silence is usually maintained and no shoes please.

Is the labyrinth the same as a maze?
It is important to know that the labyrinth is not a maze. Where mazes have dead-ends and are meant to challenge you or trip you up, the labyrinth offers one path to the center. The same path leads out. It is not necessary to think about where to go next; the path is laid out for the walker.

How do I walk the labyrinth?
There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. Many prefer walking the path to the center, pausing there and walking back out. Many people experience the labyrinth as a metaphor for life’s journey: we walk the path full of twists and turns. Many people like to pause in the center and spend some time in reflection. The walk continues by leaving the center and following the path out again. This three stage aspect of walk has often been described as: releasing, receiving, and returning (integrating).

Contemplative Studies Minor and Scholarship

Contemplative Studies Minor Information

Contemplative Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field, featuring themes from a wide spectrum of knowledge such as Philosophy, Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Justice and Environmental Studies. The minor addresses traditional meditative, contemplative (mindfulness) practices and contemporary methods of the social and natural sciences and contextualized cultural-historical traditions, studied as:

  1. elucidated by the contemporary methods of the social and natural sciences, and
  2. as embedded within contextualized cultural-historical traditions.

The minor consists of 6 courses, 4 of which are course courses and 2 electives. The core courses include:

  1. Foundation Course. The first 2 credit core course is a systematic 8 week mindfulness training program that was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
  2. Contemplative Studies Course. Students can choose one of two academic courses that are specifically contemplative in their scope and taught by instructors with a background in contemplative studies.
  3. Experiential Course. In the Contemplative Practice category students choose one 2 credit course offered by the Bradley Center.
  4. Cultural-Historical Course. In the Contemplative Culture and Traditions category students select one of four courses that delve into the cultural and historical aspects of contemplative practices 

For more information, reach out to Carol Bowman or visit the Contemplative Studies web page.

Contemplative Studies Minor Scholarship Information

In keeping with our mission the Krame Center has created an annual scholarship for students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Contemplative Studies Minor .  We will award one student in the fall and one student in the spring semester.  Each of the two students  selected will receive $500 credited to their  Ramapo College  tuition account. For more information, click below.

Krame Center Contemplative Studies Scholarship


Contemplate Studies Minor Scholarship Recipients

Nicole Baez

Sarah Wrede


Nicole Baez

My name is Nicole Baez, and I am pursuing a Social Work bachelors degree and minoring in Contemplative Studies. My goals is to utilize the tools I learned in meditation and yoga like mindfulness, the importance of acknowledging breath, body-mind connection, non- judgment, and compassion in order to incorporate mindfulness tools with the clients. These tools will as well be fundamental in my growth as a social worker in order really practice self-care and self-reflecting on my own biases and strengths within my own work.

Sarah Wrede

Contemplative Studies affords a chance for me to incorporate a design for living into the inner workings of my education. The courses are very much intertwined with my everyday activities and enhance my area of study. Mindfulness and contemplative living has opened many doors for me, externally and internally. Learning and using mindful-based practices has given rise to my interests, helped improve my communication skills, and led me to a strengthened sense of purpose. As I pursue either a clinical or counseling psychology doctorate, my motive is to find a program that utilizes holistic and subjective practices. The minor is not only fascinating, but also offers practical guidance in incorporating mindfulness in all my routines. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to study such a thought-provoking field!

student meditation

Professor John McTighe Leading His Students in Meditation

What Ramapo Faculty, Staff and Students Have To Say About Mindfulness Programs

“I teach my students that the value of learning mindfulness and establishing a personal practice is twofold.  They will, of course, have developed a deeply useful skill that they can pass onto clients to help them deal with the many forms of adversity and distress they experience.  But they will also have given themselves the gift of a practice that facilitates their ability to be meaningfully present to clients and to manage effectively the mental, emotional and physical reactions that can come from doing this challenging work.” -John McTighe, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ramapo College

“Thank you for your wonderful presentation in my Sociology of health and Medicine class. You discussion of a grounded and mindful experience was clear and compelling. The short albeit effective guided meditation provided students with some useful tools for practice.” Martha Ecker Professor of Sociology at Ramapo College.

“At our group meeting I asked everyone how they liked the introduction to mindfulness with meditation at the Krame Center… Joel was in the back row… he yelled, ‘loved it.’ ” -Sandra Suarez, Director Upward Bound Math Science student group

Mindfulness and meditation have helped me to not only explore my emotions but to come to terms with them as well as finding a greater sense of peace. The Krame Center and the Mindfulness club have been very useful with expanding upon this outlook as well as helping me find unique ways to get involved on campus and meet new, like-minded people within the Ramapo community.” -Jack, a Ramapo student

“I have conducted mindfulness sessions using some exercises from the MBSR class in both my undergraduate and MBA classes, and the response has been quite positive. I also have students write reflective assignments in all my classes.” -Sredevi Shivarajan, Ramapo faculty

“To hear and be reminded that my choice school has its own center for mindfulness, where meditation and its practices are thought of as treatment (for anxiety) is enlightening.”  – Instagram comment gplayshark
“I can’t thank the Krame Center enough for it’s continued support and commitment to providing a comfortable space & community that fosters mental healing and exploration. Meditation has proven to be an extremely beneficial tool in my life, and I’m not sure if I would have accessed it without the Krame Center.” – Paul Iannelli, Ramapo student


Mindful Fellows Program for Ramapo College Faculty and Faculty of Outside College Institutions

Mindful Fellows Krame Center Ramapo College of New Jersey Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Participants of the Krame Center’s Mindful Fellows Program sharing in a Fellows Roundtable.

Information on the Mindful Fellows Program

The Mindful Fellows Program, offered through the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living, is designed to offer faculty the opportunity to expand their understanding of mindfulness practice and pedagogy. It is equally open to faculty who have established personal practices, as well as those who are new to mindfulness. Faculty who participate in this program are able to use the pedagogy, scholarship and service accrued through this program for reappointmennt, tenure and promotion.

Outside institutions interested in having their faculty participate, please contact the Krame Center at for pricing.

Fellows and Contemplative Studies Information

Fellows will:

  1. Develop or deepen a personal mindfulness practice! Those who are accepted as Fellows participate in an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course offered through the Krame Center in the Fall, Winter or Spring semesters. Tuition for Ramapo faculty is covered by the Krame Center. Outside institutions, please contact the Krame Center at for pricing. These courses are offered on several day and evening sessions, for details please visit
  2. Integrate mindfulness with pedagogy! A half-day workshop occurs on campus and explores ways of integrating contemplative pedagogy into courses.
  3. Meet with faculty from across the country at a summer conference on Mindful Teaching in Higher Education! Attend a summer workshop/retreat/conference “Contemplative Mind in Higher Ed” for many perspectives on the integration of mindful practices into curriculum for teaching. Funds are available for interested faculty. (Not required for participation in the Mindful Fellows program)
  4. Implement mindful teaching! In the following semester, Fellows integrate mindful practices into their courses and submit a reflective report on the experience. Each fellow submits a syllabus showing integration of mindful pedagogy. Each syllabus can provide a template for other faculty who might wish to integrate mindful practices into their courses.
  5. Fellow receive discounts on the 9-Day Fundamentals course for those interested in learning to teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and also for the half-day graduate retreats.

Contemplative Studies refers to:

  1. The scholarly interpretation of literature related to the theory and application of the many forms of mindful practice across history and cultures.
  2. Rigorous, evidence-based practice and research on the experience and outcomes associated with mindfulness.
  3. The values-based, interdisciplinary application of mindful wisdom to the promotion of the physical, social, psychological, economic, and environmental well l-being of the human community and the natural world.
Criteria and Application for the Mindful Fellows Program
  • For faculty who are highly motivated to learn and share contemplative pedagogy. (If you have a meditation practice, how have you integrated it into your teaching? If you hope to develop one, how do you see this influencing your teaching?)
  • Wish to develop or currently engaged in a contemplative practice. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, offered by the Krame Center each semester, is a suggested part of the program. (   for details)
  • A heartfelt commitment to the college community as demonstrated by service activities.

We are seeking a wide, interdisciplinary distribution of faculty, noting that mindful pedagogy can be engaged appropriately across the disciplines. We hope that participants will develop an interest in studies or research on subjects with a contemplative emphasis.

Please submit application to by January 10, 2019.

Results of Mindful Fellows Program
“I provided Labyrinth to my students last Monday. It was wonderful! Students shared their awareness after the practice, and we talked about our life. 
 I would like to introduce more experimental and contemplative pedagogy to my classes! I want to educate life skills as well as knowledge and critical thinking!”
Mindful Fellow Seon Mi Kim School of Sciences and Human Service

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact

Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey