Study of the human capacity for self-awareness and first-hand experience in their own lives. Explorations of contemplative states of mind from diverse disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Complemented by weekly first-person exercises (Meditation Lab). Critical appraisal of mindfulness practices based on their own experience.

Mindfulness Meditation Classes at U Ottawa


The academy periodically offers mindful courses meditation taught by professors André Vellino and Catherine Collobert these meditation sessions will initiate you to practices to develop stability promote freedom anxiety and cultivating compassion for yourself and others.


The impact of stress on physical and mental health issues will be presented. mindfulness will be defined and explored with a neuroscience lens. an additional part of this course will be experiential with an introduction to hands-on mindfulness practices that include a self-assessment of the impact that the mindfulness practice has on well-being. a goal is to bring neuroscience theory into practice and support the wellness of students.

Option in Contemplative Studies


Contemplative Studies is the theoretical and applied exploration of contemplative traditions and practices. As an interdisciplinary field, it unites the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences in the study of the full range of human contemplative experiences. It employs first-person experiential modes of inquiry (including meditation) combined with traditional methods of analysis in the study of states of mind. It seeks to foster empathy, altruism, and creativity with the goal of advancing human flourishing.

The Contemplative Studies program offers students the unique opportunity to discover the potential, and richness, of the human mind. This will be gained through the practice of meditation (in its different forms) and mindfulness practices, through the mindful use of technology and information acquisition, and through the psychological study of positive mental states and human wellbeing. In addition, students will become acquainted with different contemplative and spiritual traditions of the West and Asia through a comparative historical and philosophical overview.    

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