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.
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 organizations
- 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
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. Our Creating Mindful Schools program provides K-12 educators with the opportunity to expand their understanding of how mindfulness practices can be concretely applied to the classroom. In addition, we have a speaker series who present on 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 the medical, business and social service communities
Partnership with Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School
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.
In addition to our speaker series and 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, the Krame Center offers Silent Retreats and the MBSR Fundamentals Professional Education program for future MBSR instructors, a free Introduction to Mindfulness workshop and special programs for educators. Learn to meditate or expand your practice at our weekly meditation sessions. Our CFM partnership enables us to offer many new and exciting mindfulness programs to the greater New York/New Jersey community.
Our program offerings are listed on our Mindfulness Programs page. There you will find more information about each program and will be able to register for an event.
All events require registration and a parking pass for non-Ramapo participants.
To reach the Krame Center, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-684-7475
All programs are offered at Ramapo College campus, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430, Bergen County in Northern New Jersey.