Contemplative Pedagogy in higher education: building confidence and community

Contemplative Pedagogy in higher education: building confidence and community

A four-day symposium for educators



Teaching and supporting students in higher education within the current environment of political and financial uncertainty, is difficult. Increasing workloads and expectations, and growing anxiety and poor mental health amongst staff and students, reflect the challenging nature of both working and studying in modern day universities. Contemplative pedagogy, with its active embrace of the subjectivities of learners and educators, combined with its call for slowing down, feeling and connecting goes against the prevailing trends in higher education today. Growing research points to the value of contemplative approaches in teaching and learning, to deepen understanding, build community and improve the wellbeing of students and those teaching and supporting them.

The theme of this contemplative pedagogy symposium is building confidence and community and it is relevant for anyone with an interest in contemplative ways of teaching and learning, no matter their level of experience or formal role. The event will include workshops run by participants who will demonstrate how they use contemplative practices in teaching, learning and the support students. There will be time to engage in contemplative practices together and actively build our community. Through the use of Open Space technology, there will be deep exploration of your own questions and the gentle fostering of confidence and community.

At this point we envisage three key areas for exploration:

  • How do we slow and deepen learning both for ourselves and our students?
  • How do we build community both within our institutions and outside, so that difficult social challenges such as social justice and inequality can be explored meaningfully and tackled effectively?
  • How can contemplative pedagogy contribute to culture change so that me might create a more just and sustainable future in and through higher education?

We invite you to come with an inquisitive mind and a willingness to actively participate and explore your own experience. The event will create space for reflection and meaning making, allowing you to develop greater confidence in your role as an educator and the potential for change that this embodies. This will, again, be a truly unique event on your conference timetable!

  • Programme
  • Fees and Payment
  • Directions to Emerson College

Day and Time

 Monday 9th September

From 11.00am





Symposium Starts


Thursday 12th September


 Symposium Closes




 Full Programme details will be provided closer to the event






































































Fees and Payment

Places are limited to 25 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

When numbers reach 25 there will be a waiting list (in the event of cancellations). 

Early Bird Employer funded: £510 (available until 31.05.19)

Early Bird Self Funded: £410 (available until 31.05.19)


Employer funded: £590

Self-funded: £490

Self-funded PhD Student rate; £210 (only 2 places available , NOT bookable on line, see details below)

The symposium fees include tuition, all meals (from Monday lunchtime until Thursday lunchtime) and accommodation in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities onsite at Emerson College.

There are only two places available at the self-funded PhD student rate of £210 and as such they are not bookable through the website. Please email Caroline Barratt for more details.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events Team.

Travel directions to Emerson College can be found on their website:

Full details about the accommodation on offer at the symposium can be found at: . Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

Emerson College recommend that delegates bring warm, waterproof clothes and shoes/wellington boots and a torch as their grounds are quite dark after sunset and they keep artificial light to a minimum.


Event Details

Location Emerson College East Sussex Forest Row RH18 5JX
Date & Time Start 09 September 2019
2:00pm End 12 September 2019
Cost Please see main text for full details on fees and payment.
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