Future of Contemplation in Higher Ed Series w/ Jena Leake



Future of Contemplation in Higher Ed Series w/ Jena Leake


Mon., May 19 2014 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM


Gibson Hall Room 342

In this 4 part speaker-series, Contemplative Sciences Center will be bringing together various contemplative advocates to discuss their vision of the future of contemplation in Higher Education with a focus on learning, and how Universities could be incubators for new approaches to classrooms across disciplines, residential experience, advising, and the like.  Each talk will be approximately 40 minutes and there will be time for questions afterwards.

This final talk on Monday, May 19 at 1:00pm in Gibson Hall room 342 will feature Appalachian State's Jena Leake.

Jena Leake, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Human Development & Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University (ASU), where she teaches contemplative courses in clinical mental health counseling, mind-body therapies and expressive arts. Jena serves as Program Coordinator for the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at ASU, an interdisciplinary graduate and post-master’s certificate program that prepares practitioners to integrate the contemplative arts into their
respective professional settings. She is currently designing and directing an Institute for Expressive Arts and Contemplative Practice, which will bring together 70 participants from the US and Europe in a five-day intensive training/retreat to explore the intersections of individual and community transformation through art-making and contemplation.

Jena co-founded Still Point, a Contemplative Pedagogy and Practice Group for faculty and staff at ASU. Through this initiative, she leads mindfulness-based practice sessions and conversations about contemplative pedagogy. Jena is a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACHME) and an advocate for “re-imagining” higher education through contemplative practice, which she will address in this talk.

Over the past 15 years, Jena has been facilitating contemplative learning experiences in a variety of settings, including universities, public schools, mental health agencies and community programs. She previously founded and directed a contemplative arts studio in Charlottesville, VA and regularly offers retreats integrating mindfulness, art-making, movement, and writing. Jena’s teaching, scholarship and service focus on cultivating relational and aesthetic inquiries that promote reflection, creativity, community building, and compassionate action.