May Grand Rounds: Feminist Contemplative Pedagogy: Interconnection and Liberation

Join us on Friday May 7, 2021 at 1pm.  No cost and open to all.

FREE ON-LINE WEBINAR:  Feminist Contemplative Pedagogy: Interconnection and Liberation with Erin McCarthy, Ph.D.

Feminist Contemplative Pedagogy is rooted in the idea that we are deeply interconnected to others around us as well as the subject matter we study and teach and that these interconnections go beyond our families, classrooms, institutions and out into the entire universe. The program of cultivating selfhood that I envision in Feminist Contemplative Pedagogy aims to make space in education for empathetic, compassionate and ethical being-in-the-world. But it has to begin from a place within the individuals who engage in this work – teachers and students alike. The point is not to denigrate intellectual learning but to recognize that a pedagogy that takes the whole self and experience into account enhances and supplements the goals and ideals of higher education. It means providing an alternative to systems rooted in binary oppositions. It also means integrating body and mind in contexts in which the body has been neglected, or viewed simply as a tool, something that is non- or even anti-intellectual or anti-reason. It means making space for voices and bodies that have been ignored and marginalized and making the space to look critically into one’s self – whether teacher or student – to see how we can harness the interconnectedness of human life.

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About our speaker:

Erin McCarthy, Ph.D. is a professor, speaker, author, mindfulness coach and parent of twins. After completing her undergraduate degree in French and Philosophy at Trent University, she went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa, comparing western and eastern views of the self. A professor of philosophy at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY since 2000, Erin now divides her time between her work as a scholar-teacher at the university, conference engagements and her mindfulness teaching both on her campus and in the Ottawa area. Her teaching and writing bring together eastern and western philosophies and practices to cultivate human flourishing, joy, and ease. Trained in several different mindfulness modalities, Erin has helped adults, youth and children use mindfulness tools to deal with stress, anxiety, chronic pain and concussion recovery and find more joy, ease and balance in their lives. She brings a trauma informed approach to all of her work. In addition to being an award winning professor, she is a Mind and Life Institute Research Fellow, a member of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies, a certified Unified Mindfulness L2 Coach, an International Mindfulness Teachers Association Certified Mindfulness Teacher – Professional, and has also completed teacher trainings and certifications in Mindful Self-Compassion; Mindful Motherhood; Mindfulness Based Symptom Management; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T); Mindful Kids; Mindful Schools Educator Essentials. You can learn more about Erin at



Ottawa River Psychology Group is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa Academy of Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies on our May 2021 Third Wave Grand Rounds in which we will be hosting Dr Erin McCarthy, Associate Professor at St Lawrence University and IMTA Professional Mindfulness Teacher

About the University of Ottawa Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies


The Academy of Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies (AMCS) at the University of Ottawa is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students who share a common interest in the study and application of mindfulness and contemplation.

Our vision for the academy is to be a place where members of the university community will be able to train in mindfulness and other contemplative practices and to be a central resource from which mindfulness and contemplative methods and practices will be designed, researched, taught, and assessed in the university including university-affiliated hospitals and research institutes.

The Academy will serve as a focal point from which educators in the practice of mindfulness and in contemplative studies will be able to share knowledge and expertise and disseminate findings.


The mission of the Academy is to

  • Enable and foster collaborative, multidisciplinary, evidence-based research in the area of mindfulness-based practices and contemplative studies including contemplative neurosciences;
  • Develop resilience and well-being among students and faculty by teaching mindfulness meditation;
  • Organize programs to train health professionals to apply mindfulness meditation in clinical settings;
  • Explore the impact of first-person experiential pedagogies on learning outcomes;
  • Foster interdisciplinary work between Medicine and the Humanities in the exploration of human consciousness and meaningfulness;
  • Integrate contemplative practices in teaching and learning;
  • Promote public education about the benefits of mindfulness and contemplative practices.

Click the link below to register for “May Grand Rounds: Feminist Contemplative Pedagogy: Interconnection and Liberation”.


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