Mindful Elon

Mindfulness for Faculty/Staff

Weekly Opportunities

  • Numen Lumen – Musical offerings and personal reflections, Thrusdays at 9:50am in Sacred Space
  • Iron Tree Blooming – Meditation Club sits every Thursday at 4:15pm in Numen Lumen McBride Room

Contemplative Pedagogy Faculty Group
This working group supports faculty Mindfulness and the incorporation of Contemplative Pedagogy within new and existing courses and academic offerings. The group has been active at Elon University since 2011, and several Elon faculty members have attended and presented at multiple conferences for Contemplative Pedagogy, including annual conferences of the Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) and the yearly Creating a Mindful Campus conference at UNC-Asheville. Contact Resa Walch for more information.

Mindfulness Employee Resource Group
The new science of performance. The power of mindfulness is to improve self-regulation, to enhance social relationships in the workplace, make employees more resilient in the face of challenges, and increase task performance. Overall to improve your wellbeing. To learn more please contact Jennifer Brigman or Jennifer Smith.

Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
CATL has worked closely with the Contemplative Pedagogy Group to support faculty attending conferences and trainings in contemplative practices in higher education. In 2013, Elon received a Contemplative Mind Teaching and Learning Grant submitted by Professors Resa Walch and Peter Felten, and in 2014, Felten presented the keynote address at the ACMHE accunal conference, "Toward mindful assessments: Inquiry in and as practice." Currently, Alexis Franzese in Sociology is a designated CATL Scholar, working with a group of faculty partners to evaluate the impact of contemplative pedagogies on student well-being and learning engagement.

Mindfulness Retreats
Jennifer Brigman and Joel Harter organize 1-2 retreats each year specficially to help manage stress, improve health and well-being, and increase compassion for self and others. These 4 hour mostly silent retreats include guided meditations (sitting, walking, eating) and yoga. The next retreat is on December 2, 2017. Signup here.

Wellness Center
The Faculty/Staff Wellness Center at Elon offers programs and workshops throughout the year to support Mindfulness and holistic well-being for faculty and staff. These include weekly yoga classes, co-sponsoring Mindfulness retreats, and special events and programs. Contact Cindy Novak for more information.

Religious and Spiritual Life
The chaplains recognize the importance of Mindful awareness and compassion for spiritual life and holistic well-being for all Elon University community members (religious and non-religious). Numen Lumen Pavilion has a meditation garden and spaces for meditation and prayer, and there is a labyrinth beside Holt Chapel for walking meditation.

  • Sand Mandala – Nov 1-3, 2017 in Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion.