Contemplative Studies Summer Intensive
June 24 - August 9, 2013
An Introduction to Contemplative Studies
(H. Roth): TU/TH 9am-12:50pm
Introduction to the new field of Contemplative Studies focusing on identifying methods human beings have found, across cultures and across time, to concentrate, broaden and deepen conscious awareness. We will study what these methods and experiences entail, how to critically appraise them, how to experiene them ourselves, and how they influence the development of empathy, health, and well-being.
Meditation and the Brain: Applications in Basic and Clinical Science
(W. Britton/C. Kerr): M/W 9am-12:50pm
This class is a detailed exploration of the most recent neuroscientific research of meditation. The course explores the cognitive, affective, and neurophysiological effects of meditation practices with reference to their clinical applications in health, psychiatry and medicine. Current methodological challenges and directions for future research will also be explored.
Learning to See: An Introduction to Contemplative Photography
(E. Scilipoti): M, W, Th 4-6:40pm
The process of selecting what to record in the photographic image depends upon the state of awareness, the connection with the present moment. The main objective of this course is the union between art and contemplative practice. In particular, this course will introduce the experience of mindulness to photography. We will explore the relationship between the contemplative states of mind and the creative experience through photography. The following topics will be covered during this course: creativity and the empty mind, introduction to reality and selection, space and time, illusion and ambiguity.
The Summer Intensive also features meditation instruction, guest lectures, a film series, contemplative parties, performances of contemplative music, and a field trip to an area contemplative practice center.
One Course: $6,927
Two Courses: $10,165
Limited residences at Contemplative House available
One Course: $3,460
Two Courses: $6,698