Mindful Researchers

The “Mindful Researchers” initiative emerged in August 2020, by a collaboration of participants in the ESRI 2020 hosted by Mind & Life Europe. We are an independent grassroots community based on a shared intention –

to explore how our professional and research life can be integrated with our contemplative life, in all its possible meanings.

Being aware that this is a difficult path to follow within traditional academia, we aim to offer support to each other, to hold this inquiry as a living question and to put it into practice together. 

We aim to cultivate a space of collective inquiry, a ‘living lab’ supporting the emergence of a new generation of researchers rooted in genuine embodied, situated, contemplative practice.

In this way, we also intend to support and foster a beneficial transformation towards a more compassionate, generous, kind, collaborative, ethical academic culture.

How you can participate

We invite you to …

  1. sign up for our newsletter – to stay informed about our activities and related events;
  2. join our private space for conversation on the online discussion forumOn Science & Academia” (please contact us upon your forum registration, so we can give you access to our space!);
  3. participate in our online community meetings and practice sessions on Fridays, including our monthly Listening Circles.

You are always welcome to raise questions and bring ideas for new initiatives, e.g. via our contact form and in the discussion forum.

Upcoming dates

Contact us for Zoom details (which are the same for all meetings). All times are from 18:30-20:00 CET, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Friday, 26th February 2021: Listening Circle
  • Friday, 5th March 2021: Playful Academic practice session
  • Friday, 12th March 2021: community meeting
  • Friday, 19th March 2021: Listening Circle
  • Friday, 26th March 2021: Playful Academic practice session
  • Friday, 2nd April 2021: – holiday break –
  • Friday, 9th April 2021: community meeting
  • Friday, 16th April 2021: Listening Circle
  • Friday, 23rd April 2021: TBD
  • Friday, 30th April 2021: TBD

We also highly recommend you to join the Mindful Writing Group sessions that are being co-hosted by our member Dara.

Listening Circles

In our “Listening Circles”, we practice diving deeper into the themes of our shared inquiry. The circle is an intentional space that we set together, based on mindful presence, sharing stories from personal experience, deep listening, witnessing, and confidentiality.

Practice sessions

In our practice sessions, we cultivate our skills as facilitators and practitioners. One example is the “Playful Academic” sessions that are being facilitated by our member Annika.

Community meetings

Our community meetings are gently facilitated open spaces for welcoming new members, reconnecting with each other, and engaging in conversation. Structure and flow are more emergent in these meetings.

Our projects

Our first collaborative project was to co-create an abstract, titled “The Mindful Researcher: Transforming Academia from Within“, that led to a presentation at the Contemplative Research Conference (CRC) hosted by Mind & Life in November 2020.

We have been applying participatory methods, collaborative decision-making and co-design practices for various emergent initiatives.