The Contemplative Pedagogy Network (CPN) has evolved since a meeting in London in 2014 of six educators, trainers and lecturers during which we discussed our shared interest in contemplative practice in higher and further education settings. We spoke about our personal contemplative practice, how it influenced our work and our experience of utilising contemplative practice in the classroom as well as other training contexts. Overall the meeting left us with a welcome sense of connection, a spring in our step and a twinkle in our eye.
The aims of the network are to:
Inspire – to encourage those interested in contemplative pedagogy to explore ways of embedding it within their classrooms and within the curricula they teach. We also hope to provide inspiration for educators looking to take up, deepen or diversify their own contemplative practice.
Inform – as a relatively new concept, particularly in the UK, research and evidence of good practice within contemplative pedagogy is currently quite limited. We aim to highlight useful resources and encourage sharing of successes and failures so that we may all learn and progress.
Connect – making connections between those interested in contemplative pedagogy will provide valuable support for both our teaching and contemplative practice. Creating active, engaged and positive communities is at the heart of contemplative pedagogy.