Science of Healing & Mindfulness

HEA 300 Science of Healing and Mindfulness

Will be presented during Module III of the Summer Institute 2016
Arrive: Wednesday, August 3
Classes: Thursday, August 4 morning to Friday, August 12 evening
Travel day: Saturday, August 13

Instructors: Lila O’Farrell MA MDiv & Guest Nitartha Faculty
Attendance: In-person
Course Description: Teaching mindfulness meditation and mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) in health care and society is a mind-body discipline joining experiential understanding, practice competencies, and conceptual knowledge of the pedagogy integrating contemplative wisdom with evidence-based psychological and scientific inquiry. 

For those who facilitate or wish to facilitate mindfulness meditations and MBIs within healthcare, mental health, education, business, leadership and organizational settings, The Science of Healing and Mindfulness:

  • Offers experiential learning, coaching and collective inquiry in the practice and facilitation of mindfulness meditations, compassion practices, and mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) in daily life.
  • Provides clarity as to the origins, meanings, and practice of mindfulness meditation within Buddhism.
  • Explores the presence of meditative practices within the world’s religious and indigenous traditions and provides a framework for the delivery of MBIs for culturally and spiritually diverse participants.
  • Delivers current, relevant and evidence based information regarding the integration of mindfulness meditation, psychological theory and practice, and neuroscience (understanding the mind-body response to regular meditation practice).
  • Supports practitioners’ discernment regarding various mainstream MBIs, teaching qualifications, and the wise and ethical application of mindfulness interventions for varying populations.


Required: A compilation of readings and a CD of all meditations offered within the course.

Recommended Text: Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers You by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. (Tarcher Perigee, 2016). A leading example of how the healing power of mindfulness can transform emotional suffering.