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2020 Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference -   March 5-7, 2020 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia
2020 Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference -   March 5-7, 2020 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia



Notices and News

We are no longer accepting proposals. You may submit a Poster or a Flash presentation until March 2, 2020.

Registration is now open.

The Conference Schedule and Program is now available for download.

LOGO - C-HEARTS - Contemplative Higher Education Alliance for Resarch, Teaching, and Service

We invite students, academics, professionals, contemplatives, practitioners, and researchers from Education, Arts, Health, Business, Science, and Technology to engage in a conversation about the role of contemplative mind body practices for advancing Service, Innovation, Creativity, and Reflection as a foundation for an enriched life experience. All of these fields are seeking solutions to today's increasing complex global, social, and environmental challenges. All these fields share the common goal to create a future that allows all members of the global community to achieve their full potential. In this conference we explore the possibility that contemplative mind body practices could provide a holistic approach to the challenges of the 21st century by integrating the many contributions and innovations from all of these fields while honoring the commonality of the human experience.

A starting point for this conversation can be found in a wide variety of contemplative mind body practices like contemplative and mindfulness meditation, movement practices like taiji and yoga, and creative practices using art, writing, deep listening, etc. In this conference we explore the possibility that contemplative practices can have a direct impact on the academic experience. We explore the possibility that contemplative practices can provide a foundation for health, wellness, and life-long learning which can be carried into the workplace experience as well as our personal lives. We offer participants this opportunity to engage in contemplative practice and conversation through keynote lectures, practice sessions, presentations, roundtable discussions, and community building. We propose a conversation seeking commonality and mutual understanding for a safer, saner, more compassionate world as we invent our future.


This conference is the seventh in a series on contemplative practices. (See the C-HEARTS button for a listing of previous conferences.) This conference is targeted to (but not limited to) regional professionals interested in contemplative practice, particularly those in an academic discipline. Individuals who are currently involved in contemplative practice as well as individuals who are interested in becoming involved in contemplative practice are invited to attend. The conference is intended to provide an incubator for long-term working partnerships leading to growth in related professional activities. The intention is to provide an intimate atmosphere for the development sustainable interactions (including future conferences) as well as idea generation.

See About the Conference for a more detailed description. Also see the Schedule page.

Download a conference flyer: Check back.

Keynote Speakers

Thursday Evening - Carrie Newcomer (concert)

Friday Morning - Mitchell Ratner, Ph.D.

Friday Afternoon - Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Plews-Ogan

Saturday Morning - Leslie Booker

Visit the Speakers page for details.

Organizing Committee

Visit the About the Conference page for more information.

Important Dates

Registration opens - September 16, 2019
Proposal Submission Opens - September 16, 2019
Proposal Submission Deadline - Monday, December 2, 2019
Authors Notified of Proposal Acceptance - Monday, January 6, 2020
Late Registration Fee Begins - Monday, February 2, 2020
Carrie Newcomer Concert Tickets Available - Monday, February 2, 2020
Hotel will release unused rooms - Friday, February 7, 2020
Poster Submission Deadline - Friday, February 14, 2020
Registration closes/No Refunds after - Saturday, March 7, 2020
Preconference workshops - ?
Conference - March 5-7, 2020


LOGOS:  The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center - Mindfulness Institute of the Roanoke Valley, InStill - Instilling Mindfulness - Virginia Tech Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area - Atlantic University

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