Contemplative Design Workshop: Applications in Higher Education

Spring 2023 Center Grant Recipient

Michael Sheehy (Contemplative Sciences Center and Religious Studies Department)

The workshop will integrate humanistic scholarship on historical contemplative practices with design thinking to generate new applications for higher education. We will convene a diverse group of experts in Contemplative Studies, design thinking, transformative technology, psychology, arts, and neuroaesthetics to integrate scholarship on contemplation into a formal design process. That same group, along with UVA professors, will engage that design process to generate new secular practices to be applied in curricular and co-curricular settings to facilitate student flourishing. Outcomes include a suite of new practices, an open access Generative Contemplation Toolkit, and launch of the Contemplative Design Lab at UVA.