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Mon 17

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

December 17 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 19

Mobile Meditation Stress Reduction for Finals

December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed 19

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

December 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 20

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

December 20 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Krame Center’s Mindfulness Mission, Vision and Core Values

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Krame Center is to support faculty, staff and students while also serving the greater community as a distinctive center at Ramapo College of New Jersey, for learning and applied research in contemplative and mindfulness practices for the betterment and well-being of individuals, organizations and society.

Our Vision

To be an inclusive and safe educational environment that fosters the development of faculty, students, staff and the community through meditation, mindfulness and contemplative practices.

Our Core Values
  • Enhance human potential through meditaiton, mindful and contemplative programs for individuals, professionals and organizationsThe Krame Center offerings include workshops on how to meditate, mindfulness and mindful living, the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School (CFM)  and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course,( both 8-Week and 5-Day Intensive formats,) free weekly meditations, silent retreats, special Mindfulness programs for Educators and a speaker series. We also offer the CFM Fundamentals course to begin the path to becoming an MBSR instructor.  This mindfulness and meditation center is located in Bergen County, NJ, just 45 minutes from New York City.
  • Inspire creativity and innovation through mindfulness and contemplative studies and practice based research
  • Foster an inclusive, interdisciplinary and diverse learning environment
  • Develop strategic alliances with organizations that exemplify excellence in mindfulness, contemplative
    practices and research
  • Compassionately understand and serve those in need to reduce human suffering
  • Cultivate a sustainable environment that will support the future vitality of the Krame center through fundraising and philanthropy

About the Krame Center

Krame Center, located in Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College

About the Krame Center
The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College is a distinctive center for learning contemplative and mindfulness practices. This mindfulness and meditation center is located in Mahwah, Nj in Bergen County, just 45 minutes from New York City

The Center offers a variety of programs including:

  • Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course (both 8-week and 5-Day Intensive versions)
    • Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Special Mindfulness programs for Educators K-12
    • Speaker Series
    • Silent Retreats
    • free Weekly Meditations
    and the CFM Fundamentals course to begin the path to becoming an MBSR instructor.

About Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies

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Weekly meditation

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a purposeful way of focusing attention in the present moment. It promotes a presence in the here and now that is often lost in today’s fast paced society. Research indicates that mindfulness practices decrease anxiety and stress while enhancing the ability to concentrate and pay attention.  The physical and psychological benefits have been well documented.

What is Contemplative Studies?

Contemplative Studies is a new and emerging discipline that applies rigorous research methods to the study of contemplative and mindful practices as expressed across many cultures, traditions and historical eras. This interdisciplinary field  spans the Arts and Humanities as well as the Natural and Social Sciences.

Applying Contemplative Practices to Teaching and Learning

Contemplative Studies use a wide spectrum of mindfulness practices to help students learn course material in a deep and meaningful way.   It  is  an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes direct immediate experience.  Examples of contemplative practices vary from mindful ways of journaling, reflective reading,  deep listening and many others and can be applied to any course.

Ramapo College takes seriously its mission of educating students as whole persons. The mindful approach to pedagogy complements traditional methods of teaching and learning and would be in agreement with  Harry Lewis, former dean of Harvard who states that a college’s job is “to help (students) grow up, to learn who they are, to search for a larger purpose for their lives, and to leave college better human beings.”

Programs, speakers and workshops on mindfulness, meditation and contemplative practices

The Krame Center offers many interesting and innovative programs, speakers and workshops. We offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, free weekly meditation sessions and free Introduction to Mindfulness workshops. We have special programs for K-12 educators with the opportunity to expand their own practice and their understanding of how mindfulness practices can be concretely applied to the classroom.  In addition, we have a speaker series which covers a variety of topics.  Check the tabs on the left side of this page for more information. Since partnering with the Center for Mindfulness Mass, we are able to offer Oasis Teacher training Fundamentals courses for those interested in learning to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR.)

Customized Mindfulness workshops are also available to local schools.

All events require registration and a parking pass for non-Ramapo participants.

To reach the Krame Center, email or call 201-684-6855

All programs are offered at Ramapo College campus, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ  07430, Bergen County in Northern New Jersey.

Partnership with Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Center for Mindfulness Partnership

The Krame Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey has partnered with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at UMass Medical School. CFM has been a pioneer in the mindfulness movement and in bringing Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to tens of thousands of people.

We offer the  8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, 5-Day Intensive MBSR, 5-Day Silent Retreats and the MBSR Fundamentals Professional Education program for future MBSR instructors in collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness UMass.   Our CFM partnership enables us to offer many new and exciting mindfulness programs to the greater New York/New Jersey community.

The Krame Center Directors’ Council

The Krame Center Directors’ Council is composed of faculty and academic staff who oversee the academic standards  and the mindfulness mission of Krame Center offerings.


Catherine Magner, Managing Director

Catherine is a Graduate of Villanova University with a BS in Economics, and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Before joining the Krame Center in 2015, she was the Program and Marketing Coordinator at the Chambers Center for Well Being at Morristown Medical Center; and was a major part of the team instrumental in opening this new 20,000 square foot wellness center. Her past experience includes management in NYC and Boston Advertising Agencies; pioneering the health and wellness committee at one of the elementary schools in Glen Rock, NJ; and offering coaching services and education as a Holistic Health Coach and a writer for an online newsletter and her local Her own personal journey has been focused around healthy living and the practice of vinyasa yoga, meditation and mindfulness.


Carol Bowman, Director of Education, Coordinator of the Faculty Mindful Fellows Program

Carol Bowman, Ed. D., Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College, is Director of Education for the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living and Director of Yoga Studies Programs at Ramapo College. She grew up in a pacifist community in southern New York State and began her educational career as a teacher and then director of a Quaker Elementary School in California. A lifelong dancer and yoga practitioner, she danced with Jamie Nichol’s LA based contemporary dance company “Fast Feet” and continued to choreograph and teach dance at the Escuela Nacional De Danza in Nicaragua.  She became a Yoga Teacher in 2008 and initiated the Yoga Teacher Certification Program at Ramapo College.  During her teen years, she made the acquaintance of Thich Nhat Hanh when he came to stay in her community. Becoming more interested in mindfulness, she reconnected with his teachings in a deep way and continued her practice at Blue Cliff Monastery, eventually training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as a teacher of Mind Based Stress Reduction which she teaches through the Krame Center. Carol convenes the Contemplative Studies Minor and conducts research in yoga and mindfulness education, as well as teaching workshops for educators in mindfulness education. Her greatest motivation is the transformation of education to embrace both mind and heart.

She is also the Coordinator for the Mindfulness Fellows Program of the Krame Center. Through this program, faculty receive support to bring mindful practices into their classrooms and their lives. The mindfulness based courses she teaches include Contemplative Practices in Education, Yoga, and MBSR.  It is her greatest pleasure to introduce mindfulness practice to future teachers. Her publications include an article on Yoga for students suspended from school and she continues to work on mindfulness based research projects that examine Yoga teaching, assessment, and elementary education. She is dedicated to engaging the Ramapo community in mindful interactions across the curriculum and culture of our institution.

Carolyn Tucci, Event Planning, Marketing

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a BS in Business/Marketing. Market Researcher, Marketing Consultant, Founding Member and President of Mahwah Schools Foundation, Fundraiser for Thomas C. Giordano Memorial Educational Fund.

Conceptualize, manage and implement contemplative and mindful programming including seminars, workshops, guest lectures and conferences for the Krame Center.  Manage website, social media and marketing and public relations strategy as part of integrative message to develop and grow new community for the Center and College. Evaluate and utilize feedback to constantly improve offerings.

Daily meditation practice for 6+ years, yoga practice.. Participant in 5-Day Silent Retreat and numerous workshops, retreats and lectures. Graduate of 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and Stanford Cultivating Compassion course. Certified yoga instructor 95 hour-Children and Teen Yoga Teacher. Taught self-compassion class to high school students. Ongoing communication with members of the Krame Center mindfulness community. Currently studying with Ethan Nichtern, senior teacher in Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

Peter Shalit, Outreach Program Coordinator, Meditation Leader, MBSR Instructor

Peter Shalit, a Graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Psychology, studied Eastern Philosophy and Practices in Asia for several years. He is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Peter leads meditations and mindfulness practices, and develops talks and programs for the Krame Center.

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Kathy Burke

Kathleen Burke presently serves as the Assistant Dean in Charge of Nursing at Ramapo College of NJ. In this position, she is the chief administrator of a 550 student program with pre-licensure, RN to BSN and MSN programs. She has been in this position since 2007. In this role she has created academic/clinical partnerships between the college and The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ, The University of Sierra Leone in West Africa and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Additionally, she serves as research advisor to three large Magnet Hospitals in NJ (Hackensack University Medical Center, St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and The Valley Hospital).   Prior to that, she was the Assistant Dean of the UMDNJ (the State’s health sciences university) School of Nursing, in charge of the Northern Region since 1996.   As a nurse, she has a long history of applying the principles of mindfulness in patient care. She was one of the first nurses in the area trained in therapeutic touch.

Kathleen had served as a member of Quality New Jersey as an examiner, trainer, senior examiner and Member of The Board of Judges from 1995-2003. She has been a member of the Baldrige Board of Examiners since 2004, serving as a senior examiner and presently an Alumni Examiner. She has also facilitated training and served on writing panels and scorebook review panels. She has participated in and led numerous site visits both on a state and national level. She led the first of the new Baldrige Collaborative Assessment Teams.

Kathleen is presently serving on the Board of Trustees of The Valley Home Care System in Ridgewood NJ. She previously served on the Board of The Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, NJ. She is the sole academic representative to the NJ Council of Magnet Organizations and the Northern NJ Council of Magnet Organizations.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers-The State University of NJ, College of Nursing. Her MA is from New York University, Division of Nursing and she holds a PhD in Nursing Theory and Research from New York University.   She has completed the Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Villanova University.  Recently she was awarded an AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Fellowship.

Jill Brown

Jill Brown joined the staff of Ramapo College in 2000 as the Benefits Manager in the Human Resources Department. She received a BA in English from SUNY/Plattsburgh and a Masters in Counseling from the College of New Jersey. She has coordinated wellness initiatives for the employee population.

Angela Cristini

Angela Cristini received her Ph.D. in Biology from the City University of New York. She is a Professor of Biology at Ramapo College of New Jersey and is the Assistant Vice President for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs.

Dr. Cristini’s credentials in grant seeking range from grants for her biological research to securing funding from the National Science Foundation for a $1.2 million biology laboratory renovation project in the science building in 2010. She has a national reputation as an expert in STEM education for students, educators and the community including being the Co-PI on a NJDOE funded – Math Science Partnership grant from 2010-2013. She has been invited by the National Science Foundation to present her work at national meetings and by the National Academies of Sciences to serve on the Committee on Informal STEM Learning.

Angela and her team deliver STEM learning to over 30,000 students from K-12 schools in NJ at the Meadowlands and Wayne Environment Centers. The team has developed partnerships with more than 30 school districts that involve working with educators and administrators on STEM curriculum development.

Cathy Davey

Cathleen Davey is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and executive director of Ramapo College Foundation. The scope of this position, which she has held since 1993, encompasses fundraising, communications, and   external relations. Ms. Davey creates partnerships between the College and the community to obtain funds for scholarships, faculty development, and campus projects. She cultivates, solicits, and receives funds from alumni, friends, parents, corporations, and foundations. She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Fund Raising Professionals and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She is past President of the Greater Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce (GMRCC).   She serves on the University Advisory Council at Seton Hall University and previously served on the Campus Ministry Board for the Archdiocesan of Newark. She is president of the school board for her children’s school. Ms. Davey was part of the first M.A. class in Public and Corporate Communication at Seton Hall University where she also earned her B.A. She worked for nine years at her alma mater, serving as director of development.

Brittany A. Goldstein, Ph.D.

Brittany joined Ramapo College in 2010. As Chief of Staff, she serves as the primary liaison of the Director’s Council to the College President. Brittany has completed a doctoral program and is exploring the connections between mindfulness and leadership. Brittany’s personal contemplative practice includes Sudarshan Kriya and Kai Chi Do.

Anthony T. Padovano

Anthony T. Padovano, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Philosophy, is a founder of Ramapo College and the author of 29 books and 250 articles, including 3 plays, translated into nine languages.  He has two doctorates and three masters degrees and is the Director of the graduate program in Liberal Studies.  He was a decisive influence in creating the Padovano Peace Pavilion, the Spiritual Center and the Padovano College Commons.

The Krame Center Advisory Board

The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living’s Advisory Board is made up of an impressive group of professionals, executives, academics and entrepreneurs, all with a background in mindfulness.


William Krame, Board Chair

Mr. Krame was born to immigrant parents in 1959 in the slums of Paterson, New Jersey. After scoring “off the charts” on various IQ Tests, at the age of six he was selected to study at a world renowned boarding school for gifted children in Lausanne, Switzerland. Upon graduating Valedictorian, Mr. Krame received a full scholarship to Princeton University where he was captain of the Fencing and Chess Teams. After graduating with degrees in both molecular biology and nuclear elasticity, Mr. Krame pursued his Masters Degree at M.I.T. Within 12 short months, he received an M.B.A. and entered the doctoral program at Harvard University. Mr. Krame pursued his post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University, England becoming the youngest ever Nobel Laureate to be considered for the Nobel Prize in Physics. He did not win and the resulting disappointment led to a prolonged period of depression; which eventually caused Mr. Krame to re-evaluate his life and all those things he deemed important. Hence, he discovered Mindfulness.

Although a compelling story, none of the foregoing is true. Mr. Krame is simply a ”normal” middle-aged white male who accidentally came-across Mindfulness 20 years ago while on vacation. Having witnessed first-hand the enormous benefits derived by him and his family through incorporating Mindfulness into their daily lives, Mr. Krame determined that the greatest gift he can offer mankind is to share Mindfulness with others. In collaboration with his wife, Catherine, they founded the Krame Center at Ramapo College.

Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert

Jackie EhlertJackie Ehlert is a registered dietitian with a doctoral degree in nutrition from Columbia University, Teachers College. Her nutrition practice is focused on the eating behaviors of emerging adults. She develops and implements nutrition programs for students at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her programs include; mindful eating seminars, mindful cooking classes, as well as the treatment of disorders such as; obesity, disordered eating, celiac disease, body image distortion, diabetes, and other metabolic illnesses. Her focus is on wellness and disease prevention through nutrition and daily mindfulness practice.

Dr. Ehlert has taught nutrition at Columbia University and Montclair State University.

In 2006 she founded the Havemeyer Edible Garden at Ramapo College where she delivers nutrition programs to teachers, college, university and high school students who learn about food, nutrition and the environment. In 2012, two honey producing bee-hives were added to the Edible Garden. The Edible Garden has hosted notable speakers such as Dr. Marion Nestle, Dr. Joan Gussow, Ellie Krieger and Kailen Krame.

Dr. Ehlert lectures widely on nutrition and mindfulness to professional and lay audiences. She is married to Dr. Peter Mercer, President of Ramapo College.

Her passion is to inspire healthy eating habits of young adults. She can be reached at or on social media – Facebook – Nutrition for Students, Twitter – Nutri4Students, or Instagram – Wisegourmet.

Dr. Patricia Hanratty

Patricia HanrattyPatricia Hanratty has been a leading educator in the state of New Jersey for the past four decades. Now a trustee of West Bergen Mental Healthcare, she instituted an innovative wellness program for children that included yoga and healthy eating while she was the Principal of the George Washington Elementary School from 1994 to 2011. Dr. Hanratty also worked for the state’s Department of Education as a special coordinator and analyst, as well as serving as a consultant to several New Jersey educational task forces. She received her doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College of Columbia University. Dr. Hanratty has been active in numerous yoga and meditation programs during the past two decades.

Catherine Krame

Catherine Krame, co-founder of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College, is an approved Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher completing her training at the Center for Mindfulness within the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also certified in Positive Psychology, she has been a meditation practitioner for 20+ years, and is actively engaged with yoga and healthy living.

Dr. Peter Mercer, President Ramapo College
Dr. Catharine M. Napolitano

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Catharine Napolitano is an organization development consultant, specializing in change management consulting. As founder and president of Organizational Strategies L.L.C., she and her firm worked with organizations to address the interdependent business, human, and technological aspects of change. Working in organizations of varying size, including many Fortune 500 firms, she and her associates focused in the arenas of team development, group problem solving, strategic planning, business process redesign, customized training, and all aspects of change management.

In addition, early in her career, she was adjunct faculty at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. In this capacity, she worked with biotech, medical and pharmaceutical organizations across the country. Later in her career she was a member of the Center for Organizational Fitness, an international consortium of scholars, consultants and executives organized by members of the Harvard Business School faculty.

Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the Friends of Hackensack University Medical Center, an organization she founded to create community around the medical center and to spotlight the resources that it provides to our localities and the region.

Cathy has a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, an M.A. in General-Theoretical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in Education from Newton College of the Sacred Heart.

Stan Richmond

Stan Richmond, B.S., M.B.A., has been affiliated with Ramapo College for more than a decade.  He has been on the Foundation Board of Governors for more than 8 years and was President of the Friends of Ramapo from July 2010 to June 2012, where he currently serves as Chair, Membership.  He is also on the Boards of The Friends of Ramapo and the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing Arts.  Mr. Richmond is presently a Mentor as part of the Scholars Mentorship Program which was established in 2017 and has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8 week course.

Matt Walsh

Matt spent the first 13 years of his professional career in the corporate sector, working primarily for an international audit firm and a large Fortune 100 consumer products company. Matt joined TMI shortly after its original founding and helped shape TMI’s long-term vision. Matt is responsible for managing the conceptual development of long-term programs and services that best serve the educational community, driving business development, evaluating collaborative strategic partnerships and managing day-to-day operations against client deliverables. Matt’s varied corporate background and entrepreneurial experiences contributed greatly to TMI’s mission for establishing the TMI Consortium of member school districts and the shared, central services provided to its district membership.

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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