Mindfulness @ Middlebury

Courses, Teaching, and Research

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Online Courses

Body and Earth: Seven Web-Based Somatic Excursions
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Utah Blog 2How do we arrive more consciously in our bodies and the places we inhabit and relax deeply—releasing the tensions of our days? These two short videos offer resources in mindfulness practices and invite your participation.

The three web-based films posted on this site were created by Middlebury College dance faculty Andrea Olsen and Scotty Hardwig with colleague Caryn McHose as free resources for personal practice and use in educational settings.

Funded by the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative at Middlebury College, with filming on site at Middlebury, Vermont; Bramble Hill Farm in Massachusetts; Pen Pynfarch Retreat Center in Wales; and London, England.

Performers and creative collaborators include students Miguel Castillo ’17 and Tina Lugor ’16; alumni Doug LeCours ’15, Cameron McKinney ’14, Paul Matteson ’00, and Sarae Snyder ’15; current and past faculty Alex Draper, Scotty Hardwig, Tzveta Kassabova, Caryn McHose, and Andrea Olsen; and international professional artists Fabiano Culora, Eeva-Maria Mutka, and Susanna Recchia, with DLA staff Daniel Houghton ‘06, and Matt Lennon ’13. Links to the films can be found at www.body-earth.org

At Monterey

TIAG8520 Mindfulness for Interpreters (MIIS), taught by Julie E. Johnson
A pass/no-pass, half-semester, general/experiential course in mindfulness, open to all students.
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At Middlebury

CRWR 0389 The Contemplative Essay (Spring 2016, Middlebury College)
In this course we will write personal narratives and essays based on our own life experience, using the standard workshop format and a one-hour required weekly lab in Basic Mindfulness, a form of Burmese Vipassana meditation. Essays will emphasize fact, as well as insight into work, life, and writing. Readings will illustrate previous writers’ contemplative experiences, as well as matters of craft, including works by Michel de Montaigne, Rainer Maria Rilke, William James, TS Eliot, Eihei Dogen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rebecca Solnit, David Abram, Annie Dillard, and Gary Snyder. (ENAM 0170 or approval required) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab. LIT, PHL (C. Shaw)

Contemplative Education: The Art and Science of Mindful Learning
(Winter Term 2016, Middlebury College)

There is compelling research in the fields of education, psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science that suggests a positive correlation between contemplative practices and the intellectual, emotional and psychological growth of students.  In this course we will consider the art and science of mindful learning as we investigate the emerging field of contemplative education.  We will look at education and learning theories that inform contemplative pedagogies in K-12 and higher education.  We will also engage in contemplative practices and holistic inquiry to consider mindful learning from a personal perspective.  Students will develop their own curricular models for contemplative teaching and learning. (M. Hammerle)


Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students
This article, from Mindfulness, highlights teaching mindfulness in the K-12 context.

Effect of mindfulness training on interpretation exam performance in graduate students in interpreting.
This 2016 dissertation presents Professor Julie Johnson’s mixed-methods study.



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