Contemplative Pedagogy Symposium

Coming to our senses: embedding contemplative pedagogy in higher education

A four-day symposium for educators

This four-day event at Emerson College will bring together educators working in higher or further education, with an interest in contemplative pedagogy to explore question such as:


* What is contemplative pedagogy?

* How can contemplative practice be integrated in higher and further education both by educators and students?

* How is contemplative pedagogy related to radical and critical pedagogies?

* What role can contemplative pedagogy play in promoting not just wellbeing but social change and social justice?

* What questions does contemplative pedagogy raise about the meaning of the educational endeavour, particularly within universities?

It will be a valuable opportunity to connect with educators who are actively using or researching contemplative pedagogy in their own work, to share ideas and engage in critical debate about what we mean by contemplative pedagogy, how it manifests and the broader questions it raises about the educational endeavour in today’s society.


  • Programme
  • Fees and Payment
  • Directions to Emerson College

The first half of the event will feature pre-arranged sessions led by other participants on teaching innovations, informed by contemplative pedagogy, that they have been engaged in. This will allow exploration of what contemplative pedagogy might ‘look’ like in practice, deepening our understanding and enabling exploration of the challenges and opportunities that arise.

The second half of the event will utilise Open Space Technology to allow the interesting questions, topics and issues that are becoming pertinent to participants to be examined in novel and creative ways.

Throughout the symposium there will be opportunities for personal practice, connection with nature and community building. Please come with an open mind and heart and a willingness to deeply share and listen.

This event is being collaboratively organised by Dr Iddo Oberski (Queen Margaret University), Dr Caroline Barratt (University of Essex), Dr Siobhan Lynch (University of Southampton Medical School) and Dr Steven Stanley (University of Cardiff).

Find more information on contemplative pedagogy.

Fees and Payment

Employer funded: £580
Self-funded: £480

Self-funded student: £200 (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 three places available at the self-funded student rate of £200 and as such they are not bookable through the website. Please email Caroline Barratt for more details.

There are 10 places available at the general self-funded rate which is bookable online on a first come first served basis.

Registration is now closed.  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 27 August 2018
2:00pm End 30 August 2018
Cost Please see main text for full details on fees and payment.