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2024 Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference

Hosted in Lexington, Kentucky

FEBRUARY 29 - MARCH 2, 2024

2024 Conference

The 2024 Contemplative Practices for Higher Education (CPHE) Conference will be held Feb. 29-Mar. 2 in Lexington, Kentucky. An opportunity for higher education professionals, students and others who are using or interested in learning more about contemplative practices and pedagogy to gather to share new work and explore new methods across disciplines and domains. The conference is convened by C-HEARTS, the Contemplative Higher Education Alliance for Research, Teaching, and Service and hosted by the University of Kentucky, under the leadership of Conference Chair Lance Brunner, and the 2024 Conference Organizing Committee.

Registration Open!

SPONSORSHIPS enable us to keep the cost of the conference as low as possible, particularly in providing vastly reduced Student Registration rates. We also raise funds for the Douglas Lindner Scholarship Fund for those requiring support in order to be able to attend.



    • Early-Bird Professional: $250 (through Feb. 4

    • Standard Professional: $300 (as of Feb. 5)

    • Student (Grad, Undergrad): $75


    • Professional: $60

    • Student: $25

Overview of Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 29

  • Location for all sessions on Thursday: UK Gatton Student Center

  • 9:00 am Welcome & Arriving Practice

  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

  • 12-1 pm Lunch

  • 1-2 pm Keynote Conversation, "Apples into Doves: The Alchemy of Narrative," Laura Simms & Bobbi Patterson

  • 2-4:30 pm Breakout Sessions

  • 5-6 pm Dinner provided, featuring Special Guest Appearance & Poetry Reading, "Loss & Healing," by Frank X. Walker (Ballroom)

  • 6:15-8:00 pm Evening Keynote Program, Erica Gabriel, “Healing the Healers: Music as Contemplative Practice, an Artist’s Perspective”

Friday, March 1

  • Location for all session on Friday: Singletary Center for the Arts and the nearby Fine Arts Library

  • 8-9 am Contemplative Practice Sessions

  • 9:15-11:30  Breakout Sessions

  • 11:45-12:45 pm Lunch

  • 1-2 pm Keynote Conversation: Laura Simms & Carine Gibert, “Rivers That Repair the Tyranny of Disconnection”

  • 2:15-4:30 pm Breakout Sessions

  • 4:45-6:15 pm Keynote Address, Bobbi Patterson, “Edgy Resilience: How We Flourish through Change”

  • On your own for dinner this evening

Saturday, March 2

  • DAYLONG RETREAT, “The One Who Is Not Busy: A Contemplative Arts Retreat” facilitated by Laura Simms, Lance Brunner & Carine Gibert

  • 8:30-9:00 am retreat check-in, location: Saint Augustine Chapel

  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Retreat

  • Lunch will be provided during retreat

Inviting 2024 Sponsors!

Sponsorships support our conference and enable us to offer student rates at a reduced price as well as the Doug Lindner Scholarship Fund.

Thank You to our 2024 Sponsors!

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