Contemplative Education: Refocusing our Energy and Finding Meaning in our Teaching


Workshop on Thursday 12 June at 9:15-12:00 and 13:00-17:00

Presentation on Conference Day on Wednesday 11 June

Submitted by

Janice Elich Monroe, Ph.D, Ithaca College, USA


In today’s fast paced society it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle. This workshop will focus on the identifying strategies that enable individuals to slow down, become mindful, focus their attention, use their whole brain and to become better, colleagues and educators. Contemplative education theory and techniques will be discussed, practiced and applied.


  1. To develop an understanding of contemplative education theory.
  2. To explore contemplative techniques such as mindfulness, focus, listening, compassion, passion for life, wonder and self-awareness.
  3. To apply these theories and practices to daily living and our educational and work environments.


This class will provide a theoretical background for contemplative education and provide participants with opportunities to experience contemplative techniques. Focus will be on self-exploration and applying these principles to educational settings, work environments and personnel life.


Dr. Janice Elich Monroe, CTRS is currently an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Service at Ithaca College. She has served as Faculty Development Coordinator for Ithaca College for the past three years.

She received her Ph.D. in Urban Services/Education Administration from Old Dominion University in 1991, Her Masters Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois in 1981, and her Bachelors of Science Degree in Recreation from the University of Southern Colorado in 1976. During her academic preparation she specialized in Outdoor Biology.

Dr. Elich Monroe has also worked as the Recreational Therapy Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Life Skills a post rehabilitation interdisciplinary learning laboratory for stroke survivors. She worked as a Clinical Coordinator of Child and Young Adolescent Services (4 years) at Portsmouth Psychiatric Hospital and as a Recreation Therapist at the Colorado State Hospital (3 years).

Her current areas of research and study include contemplative education, socio-cultural sensory environments faculty burnout and faculty development. She is interested and active in the establishments of international collaborations and faculty exchanges.