Here is an overview of organisations around the world who are working with Contemplative Inquiry and Practice, in varying contexts and areas of interest:

The International Journal of Wellbeing

The International Journal of Wellbeing was launched on 31st January 2011 in order to promote interdisciplinary research on wellbeing. The editorial team are dedicated to open access for academic research, and to making the journal’s content permanently free for all readers and authors.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society – USA

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness and contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society.

Our primary area of focus at this time is Higher Education. We hold annual retreats, conferences, and intensive summer sessions; create publications and identify useful resources; and connect like-minded individuals and organizations through initiatives such as the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

The Presencing Institute – USA

 The Presencing Institute (PI) is an awareness-based action research community that seeks to facilitate profound innovation and change. PI was founded in 2006 by a group representing all sectors of society—business, government, and civil society— who believe that addressing the social and environmental crises of our time require developing and advancing awareness-based social technologies.
Appreciative Inquiry is about the coevolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves, in a central way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.

Mission: “Nature around us is whole and interconnected. Though we are part of nature, we do not yet fathom her depths, and our actions do not embody her wisdom. A fundamental shift in our way of viewing the world is necessary if we would contribute to nature’s unity rather than dissolution. At The Nature Institute, we develop new qualitative and holistic approaches to seeing and understanding nature and technology. Through research, publications, and educational programs we work to create a new paradigm that embraces nature’s wisdom in shaping a sustainable and healthy future.”

The Life Science Trust – Pishwanton – Scotland

The Life Science Trust was established in 1992 to research, teach and promote educational methods that enable people of all ages and abilities to rediscover a healing, physical and spiritual connection with the natural world, and to develop the skills of living in creative partnership with the natural environment.  It bases its work on the scientific approach initiated by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and developed by Rudolf Steiner. – USA

A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L)
provides education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic, based on the teachings of Br. David Steindl-Rast and colleagues.  Gratefulness – the full response to a given moment and all it contains – is a universal spiritual practice that inspires personal transformation, cross-cultural understanding, interfaith dialogue, intergenerational respect, nonviolent conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability.

 Mind and Life Institute – USA

The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization that seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world’s contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry.

International Symposia for Contemplative Studies – USA

The purpose of the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies is to bring together academics and other interested attendees for presentation, discussion, and collaborative networking in the fields of contemplative basic science, contemplative clinical science, contemplative philosophy and humanities, contemplative education, and those domains of contemplative practice that relate to and interact with these fields of research and scholarship. (See also the Co-sponsors of this Symposia for further relevant links.


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