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Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

March 21 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Mon 25

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

March 25 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 27
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Thu 28

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

March 28 @ 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.

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For Faculty
Integrating Mindfulness in the College Curriculum
Mindful Fellow Program-including March 13, 2019 workshop on Contemplative Pedagogy -open to all faculty.
Meditations for your group or classroom

For Faculty and Staff
Labyrinth and Meditations at Spring Into Wellness


Integrating Mindfulness into the College Curriculum

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

9:30am-12pm

Anisfield School of Business Building, Room 420

This workshop is open to all faculty and teaching staff and will be taught by Carol Bowman.

Information and Registration
  • Philosophy and practice of mindfulness as a tool of inquiry
  • Re-envisioning disciplines and courses from a mindfulness perspective
  • Working together to integrate engaging and appropriate mindfulness foci in our courses

Please bring a current syllabus, paper or computer as this will be a hands on workshop.

Suggested reading:

Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry by Arthur Zajonc

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education:Powerful methods to transform teaching and learning. by Daniel Barbezat/ Mirabai Bush

This workshop is appropriate for all disciplines. Please email mindfulness@ramapo.edu to sign up.


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 mindfulness@ramapo.edu 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 mindfulness@ramapo.edu for pricing. These courses are offered on several day and evening sessions, for details please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction/
  2. Integrate mindfulness with pedagogy! A half-day workshop occurs on campus and explores ways of integrating contemplative pedagogy into courses. This workshop will be offered on March 13, 2019 from 9:30am-12pm in ASB 420 and is open to all faculty.  Please email mindfulness@ramapo.edu to sign up.
  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. (https://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/programs/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction   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 cbowman@ramapo.edu by February 8, 2019 or email mindfulness@ramapo.edu

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

Meditations Available for Ramapo Staff, Students and for Faculty to bring into their classrooms

Any location on Ramapo Campus
Available by emailing pshalit@ramapo.edu

Personalized Mobile Meditations

The Krame Center is offering Mobile Meditations–a mindfulness meditation brought to you. Are you faculty interested in starting off a class with 5 minutes of strategies to improve focus and concentration, staff looking for stress-reduction techniques or students interested in organizing a group meditation sit, or something in between? We’ll help facilitate. Please send your requests to Peter Shalit at pshalit@ramapo.edu.


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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12pm-3:00pm
Grove
Rain Back-Up: Bradley Center, Spectator’s Lobby
Ramapo College of New Jersey 

Labyrinth Walk and Meditation Information

Ramapo students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Krame Center at our Labyrinth Walk and Meditation in the Grove (Back-Up Rain Location: Spectator Lobby at the Bradley Center) at Ramapo College. 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 required. 

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 nota 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).


student meditation

Professor John McTighe Leading His Students in Meditation

What 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

Ramapo

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact mindfulness@ramapo.edu.

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
201.684.6855
mindfulness@ramapo.edu