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Summer Research Institute Applications Close April 1


We invite you to join us in a science-based, action-oriented, immersive exploration of “The Mind, the Human-Earth Connection, and the Climate Crisis,” happening live online June 6-11, 2021. The Summer Research Institute is an application-based program and scholarships are available. 
 
Scholars and activists such as Carolyn Finney, Lyla June, Vandana Shiva, Elke Weber, Kyle Whyte, and many others (see our full faculty list here) will come together to explore how the union of contemplative traditions, indigenous wisdom, and science can lead to greater awareness of the interconnection of all life, and reignite our collective responsibility as stewards of our planetary future.
 
Topics Include:
  • The role of contemplative practice, the arts, and storytelling in nurturing resilience
  • The psychological, political, indigenous, and racial realities of the climate crisis
  • Interdependence and respect for the more-than-human world
  • The science of behavior change
  • Mindfulness and public health
  • Pathways toward collective action and movement building
The live online program will be available as our immersive Summer Research Institute, and as a 6-day Speaker Series for the general public, with recordings available to fit any schedule. Scholarships are available for both programs.
Apply by April 1 »

Transformative Change: Where Research and Action in the World Meet


Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, March 10, from 1:30-3:00 pm ET for the next conversation in our Inspiring Minds series of live discussions offering wisdom for our times. Each month, we bring together thought leaders and contemplatives to engage with one another and the audience in exploring the role of the mind in human flourishing. 

Our upcoming event, “Transformative Change: Where Research and Action in the World Meet,” features Doris Chang and Reggie Hubbard, along with musician Grant Jones. Among the topics we’ll explore are:
  • The role of contemplative practice in supporting social change leaders
  • Strategies for promoting social justice and influencing policies and practices within systems
After the program, registrants will be emailed a link to the recording, which will also be accessible here and on our YouTube channel. (Note: registration is not required to view the recording). 

And mark your calendar for our next Inspiring Minds conversation, "The Role of Attention and Awareness in an Era of Misinformation and Digital Seduction" with Amishi Jha and Jon Kabat-Zinn on April 14 at 2:00 PM ET.
Register now »

Mind & Life Honors #WomensHistoryMonth


Mind & Life recognizes that the field of contemplative research has not historically represented the work of women and other marginalized groups. In addition to our ongoing work to diversify the field, this month we honor Women’s History Month by sharing the work, wisdom, and experiences of women in contemplative research. We hope you’ll follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for videos, highlights, grantee news, and more!
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Think Tank Grant Applications Open March 26




Mind & Life Think Tanks are self-organized gatherings designed to foster insight and inspire action around an area of inquiry that bridges contemplation, research, and action. Small groups—of scientists, scholars, changemakers, contemplative practitioners, and applied professionals—convene (in person or online) to workshop a topic with well-defined outcomes and potentially high impact. We have a particular interest in supporting projects that examine the role of contemplative practices in these three focus areas: personal well-being, compassionate communities, and/or human-earth connections. 

Applications to Think Tank Grants will be open from March 26 to May 19.

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From Teacher Burnout to Teacher-led Reform


America faces a growing teacher shortage, made only worse by the pandemic. According to one estimate, up to 100,000 teachers are needed to meet current demand. One of the biggest factors fueling the teacher exodus is stress and burnout, particularly among educators working in low-income school districts.

But could the disruption caused by the pandemic spur the very changes needed to bring about much-needed education reform? Patricia (Tish) Jennings, a Mind & Life Varela grantee and a professor of Education at the University of Virginia, thinks the time is ripe for an education transformation propelled, in part, by teachers themselves.
 
Read more on the blog »

Mind & Life is Hiring!


We seek an Operations Manager to join us in Charlottesville, Virginia. This position will manage office operations, actively participate in sustaining a healthy and active team culture and work environment, coordinate the hiring process, and support various operational tasks and projects for both internal and external-facing relationships. Come grow with us and be part of a dynamic team seeking to bridge science and contemplative wisdom to better understand the mind and promote positive change in the world!  
 
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News from our Friends

Ouroboros 2021 - Life and Work of Francisco Varela, March 17
Join Mind & Life Europe for the first annual Ouroboros Seminars, entitled “Life and Work of Francisco Varela." The program will consist of more than a dozen group discussion sessions - starting March 17th and continuing through December 2021 - which will be streamed online so that a wider audience might experience the spirit and scope of Francisco's work as presented by a stellar cast of scientists and scholars. See the schedule!

Support Mind & Life’s expanding work. Your donation helps us foster insights and inspire actions toward flourishing.
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