The Contemplation by Design Summit is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary series of events.

Enjoy the power of the pause.

Oct. 20 - Nov. 3, 2023

Please click on the session titles for the full description, which are being updated when they become available.

Below is the 2023 Summit Schedule.

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Free events will be offered Oct. 24 - Nov. 3, 2023, to further individual and community health and well-being, and creative excellence to serve the greater good in these unprecedented times.  Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resilience, well-being, wisdom, compassion, and sustainable, ethical, purposeful service. Summit participants will have the opportunity to cultivate perspective, meaningful purpose, and contemplative practices that refresh and renew the mind-body-spirit.                   

Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited. Please register to reserve your place in the sessions. Thank you.

Contemplation Calendar

Oct. 20 - Nov. 3, 2023

All 2023 Summit sessions are FREE. Most sessions are on Zoom. There also are 8 in-person sessions. These are noted by "in-person" in the session's title in the schedule below. When you register for an in-person session, a hybrid option is offered for 3 of the 8  if you are not able to attend in person.

Green text indicates Guided Practices sessions or Interactive workshops.
Blue text indicates lectures, which will include Q&A and may include a guided practice.
Gray text indicates an opportunity for a self-directed contemplative practice.

Sat. 10/21/23

8:30-9:30am In-person Interactive Workshop: “The Power of the Pause” Illuminates the Light Within to Transform Society, Tia Rich, PhD 
Location: Lathrop 282
10:00-11:00am In-person Interactive Workshop: “The Power of the Pause” Illuminates the Light Within to Transform Society, Tia Rich, PhD 
Location: Lathrop 282

Sun. 10/22/23

9:00-10:30am In-person Keynote—See No Stranger: A journey into Revolutionary Love,  Valarie Kaur, JD, MTS, Location: CEMEX

Mon. 10/23/23


In-person Keynote—Moral Ecologies and Social Change, Anne Snyder, MPS
Location: Bishop Auditorium

Tues. 10/24/23

4:30-6:00pm The Power of Self-Compassion, Chris Germer, PhD
7:00-8:15pm The Mental Health Benefits of Breathwork, David Spiegel, MD

Thurs. 10/26/23

7:30-8:15am iPause Guided practice #1Giving and Receiving Compassion, Chris Germer, PhD
12:00-1:30pm From Chauvet Cave to Star Wars: Art, Myth, and a Spiritual Futurism, Netanel Miles-Yépez, DD
4:30-7:00pm Interactive Workshop: The Art and Science of Getting Along: The Experience, Thom Bond 
7:30-8:15pm iPause Guided practice #2Breathing Practices for Mental Health and Well-being, David Spiegel, MD

Fri. 10/27/23

7:30-8:15am iPause Guided practice #3, Charis Meditation (Charis, Greek for “Grace”), Netanel Miles-Yépez, DD
12:15-1:30pm The Courage of Contemplative Connections, Furyu Nancy Schroeder
4:45-6:00pm The Bodhisattva with Boundaries: The Paradox of Selflessness and Self-Care, Mei Elliott 
6:15-7:00pm iPause Guided practice #4 Practicing with the Emptiness of Self, Mei Elliott
7:30-8:30pm The Healing Power of Embodied Connection with Oneself and with Other People, Elysabeth Williamson

Sun. 10/29/23

11:00am-12:00pm In-person in Memorial Church UPW: Love as Meditation: Devotional Poetry and the Contemplative Practice of Love, Kenneth Lee 
12:15-1:15pm In-person in Memorial Church UPW Guided Practice: Kirtan, bhajan and abhanga: An Introduction to the contemplative practice of Indian devotional music, Kenneth Lee 
2:15-3:45pm iPause Guided practice #6 Back-to-Back Sacrum Connection (partner yoga), Elysabeth Williamson
4:00-5:30pm Interactive Workshop: Everyday Mindfulness, Will Kabat-Zinn, MA 
7:00-8:30pm Mindfulness, Indigenous Prophecy, and the Time of the Sixth Sun, Brenda Salgado, MS

Mon. 10/30/23

7:30-8:15am iPause Guided practice #7  Practicing Finding Your Seat as Self and Community, Furyu Nancy Schroeder
10:30-11:45am Embodying Beloved Community, Gabriel Wilson, MEd 
12:00-1:30pm Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me, The Very Rev. Michael Battle, PhD 
5:00-5:45pm iPause Guided practice #8Inclusive Awareness and the Open WayWill Kabat-Zinn, MA
7:00-8:30pm Interactive WorkshopEvolving Worldviews, Gabriel Wilson, MEd 
8:45-9:30pm iPause Guided practice #9, Cultivating Your Inner Wisdom and Intuition, Helen Weng, PhD

Tues. 10/31/23

7:30-8:15am iPause Guided practice #10  Practicing Ubuntu, The Very Rev., Michael Battle, PhD
12:00-1:30pm Self-transformation through Contemplative Experience: A Neurobiological Perspective, David Vago, PhD 
4:00-5:30pm Interactive WorkshopHealing with the Ancestors - Toltec Practices for Intergenerational Flourishing, Brenda Salgado, MS 

Thurs. 11/02/23

7:30-8:15am iPause Guided practice #12 , Finding the Divine (the “I am”, the Christ, the Buddha Nature, the Tselem or Image of God) Within, Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD
9:00-9:45am iPause Guided practice #13Practices for developing trusting relationship with the human and more-than-human world, Kritee Kanko, PhD
12:00-1:30pm Interactive Workshop Recovering the Sacred Masculine and the Divine Feminine, Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD 
3:00-4:30pm Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy That Empowers You, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche 
5:15-6:45pm Internal Family Systems Skills for Compassionate Contemplative Practice, Richard Schwartz, PhD 

All Contemplation By Design SummitTM sessions are FREE. If you wish to make a donation, please do so here.
We look forward to being with you in the Summit sessions you attend.

2023 Contemplation: the Power of the Pause Brochure