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Mission and Sustainability

Mindfulness at Ramapo College’s Mission, Vision and Core Values

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Mindfulness at Ramapo College is to support faculty, staff and students while also serving the greater community as an integral part of Ramapo College supporting 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, yoga, mindfulness and other contemplative practices.

Our Core Values
  • Enhance human potential through meditation, yoga, mindful and contemplative programs for individuals, professionals and organizations. Mindfulness at Ramapo College offerings include workshops on how to meditate, mindfulness and mindful living,  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 initial course to begin the path to becoming an MBSR instructor.  This mindfulness, yoga 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 Ramapo and the surrounding community through fundraising and philanthropy
  • Provide quality Live Online learning across our curriculum.

About the Mindfulness at Ramapo College

Mindfulness at Ramapo College, located in Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College

About the Mindfulness at Ramapo College
Mindfulness at Ramapo College of New Jersey is a distinctive place for learning contemplative and mindfulness practices including yoga.  We offer credit bearing courses for students and non-credit courses for community, both in-person and Live Online.  It is located in Mahwah, Nj in Bergen County, just 45 minutes from New York City

Mindfulness at Ramapo offers a variety of programs including:

• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week course and 5-day intensives
• Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week course
• Special Mindfulness programs for Educators K-12
• Free Weekly Meditations
• Yoga Teacher Certifications

• Programs for Ramapo Staff, Faculty & Students

Mindfulness at Ramapo College Annual Report

About Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies

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

Mindfulness at Ramapo College 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.

Customized Mindfulness workshops are also available to local schools.

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

To reach Mindfulness at Ramapo College, 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.


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Mindfulness at Ramapo College of New Jersey Mindfulness at Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Rd
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
(201) 684-6855